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4 more species on the wing!

By July 6, 2015Blog

Lots of sunshine and lots of records coming in including reports from J. Almond of Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens and Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii on Catherton Common. Jim also reports Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio  on Titterstone Clee which is great news as this is one of Shropshire’s rare species.
The 4th new species for 2015 is Black Darter Sympetrum danae seen by S. Barlow on Whixall Moss on July 3rd. The specimen was a teneral (recently emerged) and is shown below with the characteristic black triangle on top of the thorax:

Stephen saw numerous other species on the wing at Whixall and here are a few more of his lovely pictures:

Female Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa

Male Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata

Female White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes
Male White-faced Darter Leucorrhinia dubia
B. Pugh has also been enjoying White-faced Darters at Whixall and recently seen them still emerging…

….and it’s not often you get one dragonfly in the shot- let alone 2!

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