Castle Water Insects

5th May 2011, Thursday

The warm, still weather at Castle Water today brought out a nice selection of odonata species. Damselflies included good numbers of Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselfly (with the odd Azure and Variable in the mix) and a single Large Red Damselfly at Castle Water Hide. Only two species of dragonfly today, Hairy Hawker and Four-spotted Chaser, but both of these were quite abundant. Other species of note included my first Small Copper of the year and the uncommon crab-spider Thanatus striatus.
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Four-spotted Chaser

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Thanatus striatus