After getting some unsatisfactory views of Scarce Chaser along the Nene at the water meadows a couple of years ago I have been keen to see them again. I managed it today although a morning trip was unsuccessful and I had to return in the afternoon. A female flew by first and a male immediately leapt from a previously unseen perch to meet her but it was a very brief encounter and I had to move a little further upstream before encountering a more obliging male. This is probably the limit of the species' range on the Nene so they are a bit thinner on the ground than further upstream but it was good to get some better views and even this passable photo.
Banded Demoiselles were abundant, and Blue-tailed, Large Red-eyed and White-legged Damsels quite common with just the odd Common Blue Damselfly. Large numbers of Meadow Browns, plenty of Small Tortoiseshells, the odd Ringlet, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Painted Lady. On the old railway line Speckled Woods, a Large Skipper and Small White. Plenty of other insects about including a Hornet and a small potter-type wasp nesting in the bridge over the Willow Brook near the railway. The wasp brought a grub as big as itself and inserted it in the hole.
Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva, male
Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens, male
Large Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas, male
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans
Hornet Vespa crabro
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus
Fun in the sun
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Canon A640 some digiscoped with Leica APO77 x20
Great pictures, Brian. That Hornet and Chrysotoxum bicinctum look fantastic.
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