North Cliffe Wood – 08/09/13

With dragonfly species now rapidly dwindling it was no surprise to find only three species active at North Cliffe Wood. Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum are the late season stalwarts, however it was nice to also connect with half a dozen male Black Darters Sympetrum danae. Due to the cloudy conditions there was little activity from the butterflies, with the exception of several Speckled Woods Pararge aegeria and a stunning Comma Polygonia c-album, which settled briefly for its photo to make the blog. Several species of bugs were encountered, though unfortunately most of these where in shaded areas, making photography difficult, though Tree Damsel Bug, illustrated below, was another new species for me.

Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixtaMigrant Hawker – Aeshna mixta

Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatumCommon Darter – Sympetrum striolatum

Comma - Polygonia c-albumComma – Polygonia c-album

Tree Damsel Bug - Himacerus apterusTree Damsel Bug – Himacerus apteru