With the Dragonfly season now under-way I headed over to the Broomfleet area to search for on of our scarcer Damselflies. Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum is restricted to this complex of ponds. Though scarce in the region it can be the most numerous species present when it reaches its peak. Six females were found, one of them being of the scarcer dark form, which make up roughly 10% of the female population. Despite seeing some Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma nymphula already this year, these were the first I’d managed to photograph, one allowing close approach to use the macro lens. Whilst walking around the site several Orange-tips Anthocharis cardamines were seen, constantly on the move and rarely settling. However this time I was in the right place as one settle on a bramble leaf only a few feet away. Probably the only chance I’ll get this year. I was surprised to see little activity with other species, only Green-veined White Pieris napi being observed in addition.
Another new sighting for the year was a queen German Wasp Vespula germanica, always nice to see, but not everybodies cup of tea! There were several Mining Bee species present, though none were identified to species, along with several Cuckoo Bees, which are a parasite of the Mining Bees, hence their name. There were fewer hoverflies on this visit, though one, Eristalis intricarius proved to be a willing model for its species, illustrating well its bee mimic credentials. Finally a Scorpion Fly Panorpa sp. posed well, with the image appearing reasonably sharp. On previous photos I’ve taken, the double wings tend to make them appear unfocused.
A good two hours in the field, though will be happier on the dragonfly season really starts to hot up.