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A couple of common species?

By June 25, 2021Blog

…well both called ‘common’ but that’s misleading! Pictured left is a female teneral Common Darter – a common and widespread species found at almost any kind of waterbody from mid/late summer onwards. This individual was seen by Stephen Barlow on Whixall Moss on 24th June…when he also saw the first Common Hawker. Again the name suggests you’d find this species all over Shropshire, but here it is largely found on acidic bog pools and as such has a far more restricted distribution – check out the difference in the distribution maps on the species pages.