Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Amazing Azures

Saturday at Tophill Low NR, East Yorks, was yet another busy one. The only surprise… the failure to add any new species to the site list!

It was definitely an Odonata day and another record was set for VC61. A count of 2319 Azure Damselflies was the highest total ever counted at one site in the area. The previous best being 1280 on May 23rd 2009, also at Tophill.

The count also turned up 66 Large Red Damselfly, 280 Common Blue Damselfly, 71 Blue-tailed Damselflies, 4 Rd-eyed Damselfly, 7 Hairy Dragonfly, 5 Broad-bodied Chasers (including 1 cracking male in Richard Sears’s garden) and 19 Four-spotted Chaser (including one of the form praenublia).

A few moths in the traps, typical for May, included Small Clouded Brindle, Setaceous Hebrew Character and the first ever-variable Ingrailed Clay.

This Poplar Hawkmoth perhaps the only one I will blog this season… unless I run out of pictures, or I’m stuck because nothing was caught!

A drake Garganey was on Watton NR as was a Dunlin… shame we were there before the Temminck’s!

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