Garden Wildlife – 14/07/13

Garden PondGarden Pond

You can’t beat bringing wildlife into your garden, and one of the best ways is introduce some water. It doesn’t have to be a big pond, but the bigger the better. The above pond was created around three years ago, in which time 14 different species of Odonata have visited. This really highlights how important any pond can be up on the Wolds, where water is sparse due to it soaking straight away into the chalk bedrock. On this occasion Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa was the highlight, with a single Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, and several Azure Damselflies Coenagrion puella and Blue-tailed Damselflies Ischnura elegans adding further interest. In addition an Orange Ladybird Halyzia sedecimguttata was also photographed, having been found in the moth trap set over night, and several Poecilobothrus nobilitatus flies were active over the water, a few settling on nearby vegetation, the photograph illustrating a male with his white wing tips.

Broad-Bodied Chaser - Libellula depressaBroad-Bodied Chaser – Libellula depressa

Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puellaAzure Damselfly – Coenagrion puella

Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerumCommon Blue Damselfly – Enallagma cyathigerum

Blue-tailed Damselfly - Ischnura elegansBlue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans

Orange Ladybird - Halyzia sedecimguttataOrange Ladybird – Halyzia sedecimguttata

Poecilobothrus nobilitatusPoecilobothrus nobilitatus