Oak Road Lake, Hull – 08/08/13

Early August necessitates a visit to this urban site to seek out the scarce Small Red-eyed Damselflies Erythromma viridulum that have made their home in Hull. They have been notoriously difficult to photograph, and it was only last year that I managed to get a few different shots of some males, and a mating pair. So far I’ve not managed to photograph a female on here own, so it was nice to finally get this ‘boggy’ shot committed to memory card. No sooner had I accomplished this task, I then found another female, showing even better on a reed, though a little gardening was needed to get an uninterupted view. The result below speaks for itself. I could easily have come away happy with these shots, however there was still plenty to see. In addition other species noted included Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta, Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum.

Small Red-eyed Damselfly - Erythromma viridulumSmall Red-eyed Damselfly – Erythromma viridulum

Small Red-eyed Damselfly - Erythromma viridulumSmall Red-eyed Damselfly – Erythromma viridulum

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

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Butterflies were in profusion, I can’t ever remember seeing so many Peacocks Inachis io, they were everywhere, along with Large White Pieris brassicae, Small White Pieris rapi and Green-veined White Pieris napi. Several other species were also present though in small numbers including Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris, Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus, Comma Polygonia c-album and Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria.

Small Skipper - Thymelicus sylvestrisSmall Skipper – Thymelicus sylvestris

Comma - Polygonia c-albumComma – Polygonia c-album

Gatekeeper - Pyronia tithonusGatekeeper – Pyronia tithonus

Green-veined White - Pieris napiGreen-veined White – Pieris napi

Peacock - Inachis ioPeacock – Inachis io

Small White - Pieris rapaeSmall White – Pieris rapae

Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeriaSpeckled Wood – Pararge aegeria