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Friday 12 July 2019

Pulborough Brooks Nature Walk: Damselflies and Dragonflies

 This four miles walk was lead by me in the delightful company of three other keen, observant naturalists who were invited to join.  This walk took place on Thursday 11 July 2019, and collectively we saw four times more insects than we could have seen on our own.
Three species of Damselflies were recorded and three Dragonfly spp..
 Emerald Damselfly, Common Spreadwing, Lestes sponsa in the pond by the RSPB centre.
We walked from the RSPB Centre along the public footpath out onto the Brooks and to the river Arun.
 Here a female Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea was laying eggs

 Whilst on the far side of this man-made pond an Emperor Dragonfly male, Anax imperator was resting.

 Lin spotted this magnificent Darter and I was too slow to get a better shot before it darted off.

 Right on the side of the mown track, William spotted a pair of Blue-tailed Damselflies, Ishnura elegans copulating on a spiky thistle stem.

 At the river were Banded Demoiselles, Calopteryx splendens.  
The males are banded and the females are green with unbanded wings.

Beauty and the...naturalist William Coleman.

Above a newly emerged Banded Demoiselle female.

 There were scores of males and female Demoiselles flying here that some must have been copulating.  And they were, briefly below.

A great walk.
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