Following a morning visit to the Broomfleet area, I stopped off at North Cliffe Wood to see if any Emerald Damselflies Lestes sponsa had emerged, as some had already emerged at other locations in Yorkshire. None were found, so it will have to be another visit to find this species. I did however connect with two other species that are not guaranteed here, the first being a male Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa, always a nice species to see, and appearing to be having a much better year after a poor show last year. The second was a female Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator, our largest species in terms of wing-span. She didn’t settle for a photograph unfortunately. In addition, as per my recent visit, the following species were all present; Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula, Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata.
Yet again, butterfly species were virtually absent with only small numbers of Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria, Large White Pieris brassicae and Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas. A few other invertebrates were photographed, as seen below, the new set-up on the camera working wonders when it comes to macro shots.
This post represents my first full year blogging. As well as serving as an on-line diary for myself, I hope that all those that have visited have found my ramblings informative, made you more aware of the diverse wildlife found in East Yorkshire, and hopefully inspired you to go out and find some of the featured species, or visit some of the locations. In the first year there have been over 3,000 visitors to the blog, so thankyou to all who have shown an interest during the first year.