|Castle School visiting our new |
We certainly needed the water and the vegetation looks the best it has for years in terms of sheer greenery. We lost all of our spotted orchids due to a late frost and the generally low temperatures have held back flowers and insects until this week. Very few butterflies and no dragonflies have been seen at all, until now. Worse still, our blue tits and other resident birds finally got round to laying eggs, but when the chicks hatched there was no food for them. The pair of bluetits that nested in our camera-box lost all their chicks so I imagine the same fate has befallen others. Maybe they will start again?
|Banded demoiselle, female.|
|Banded demoiselle, male.|
Unlike the species above, dragonflies rest with their wings spread out and most of them are quite large. I have only seen two kinds so far; hairy dragonflies which are large and scarce chasers which are medium-sized. We expect a dozen or so species to emerge in the next few weeks.