Monday, 17 July 2017

Holmethorpe damselflies


It may only be eight miles from home (and they may have been there for a few years), but I had yet to pay my respects to the Holmethorpe colony of Willow Emerald Damselfly, a recent colonist of our shores. Too laid back? Not keen enough? Whatever the reason, my visit this morning coincided with warm and sunny weather. It took a good couple of hours to find one, and after a quick look at the ridge dewpond (see below), an early afternoon return found a further four individuals. None of them were anything other than flighty, with most taking themselves up into the top of the mature vegetation that flanks the perimeter path of Spynes Mere (above).


The dewpond (above) that I referred to is most probably too grand a term for this small water body, a depression on old landfill that holds seasonal water. It was alive with odonata this morning, including a minimum of 20+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly (below).


5 comments:

  1. That's a nice pond, would of been dry mud on Sheppey atm. I'm always amazed at you odonata guys and how you manage to get photos of the bloody things. Whenever I try on my patch they zoom about endlessly like exocet missiles, making photography impossible.

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    1. You're right Derek, they do mostly zoom about!

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    2. Great photo of the Small Red-eyed Damselflies. Plenty at The Inn on The Pond this afternoon.

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    3. The pond opposite Canal Cottage next then Gordon?

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  2. I see that there is a Dungeness feature in the latest RSPB magazine.


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