Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Scarce Blue Tailed Damselflies, Banbury Tues 7th July

Went to check out the Scarce Blue Tailed Damsel site near Banbury and was pleased to find at least 10 around the edge of the storm water pond inc a female "Aurantiaca".

Scarce Blue Tailed Damselfly

Scarce Blue Tailed Damselfly "Aurantiaca"

Scarce Blue Tailed Damselfly

Scarce Blue Tailed Damselfly

Scarce Blue Tailed Damselfly

Scarce Blue Tailed Damselfly

Blue Tailed Damselfly

Blue Tailed Damselfly

Damselflies seen:-

Azure Damsel 3
Blue Tailed Damsel 20+
Scarce Blue Tailed Damsel 10+
Emerald Damsel 1

Monday, 6 July 2020

Bernwood Forest Mon 6th July

I headed to Bernwood Forest this morning to spend a bit of time getting photos of some of the Grasshoppers/Crickets that are found here.

Common Green Grasshopper

Dark Bush Cricket

Meadow Grasshopper

Emerald Damselfly

Marbled White

Common Field Grasshopper

Meadow Grasshopper

Woodland Grasshopper

Marbled White

 Male Woodland Grasshopper

Female Woodland Grasshopper

Grasshoppers/Crickets seen:-

Dark Bush Cricket
Meadow Grasshopper
Common Green Grasshopper
Woodland Grasshopper
Common Field Grasshopper

Butterflies seen:-

Large Skipper
Small Skipper
Essex Skipper (My first for year)
Silver Washed Fritillary
Marbled White
Meadow Brown
Gatekeeper (My first for year)
Ringlet

Damselflies seen:-

Emerald Damselfly
Blue Tailed Damsel
Common Blue Damsel

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Radley Lakes Thurs 25th June

Spent a couple of hours on site to check out what Dams/Drags were about. The place was buzzing with them. All the photo's were taken from the edge of Orchard Lake.

Blue Tailed Damselfly "Violacea"

Blue Tailed Damsel (Immature Male)

Female Emerald Damsel

Blue Tailed Damsel "Violacea"

Blue Tailed Damsel (Immature Male)

Female Emerald Damsel

Blue Tailed Damsel "Violacea"

Blue Tailed Damsel (Immature Male)

Blue Tailed Damsel "Violacea"
Dams/Drags Seen:-

Emerald Damsel 8+
Common Blue Damsel 1000's
Blue Tailed Damsel 12+
Red Eyed Damsel 10+
Emperor Dragonfly 8
Brown Hawker 4
Four Spotted Chaser 10+
Black Tailed Skimmer 20+
Ruddy Darter 40+

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Cothill Fen NNR/Parsonage Moor BBOWT Reserve Wed 24th June

Spent an hour at these reserves to check out the Dams/Drags.

Small Red Damsel

Small Red Damsel
Dams/Drags seen:-

Small Red Damsel 10+
Azure Damsel 1
Southern damsel 7
Blue Tailed Damsel 3
Emperor Dragonfly 3
Four Spotted Chaser 5
Black Tailed Skimmer 2
Keeled Skimmer 10+
Ruddy Darter 8

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Bernwood Forest Tues 23rd June

I decided to go to Bernwood Forest this morning in the hope of seeing Purple Emperor. Ewan was already on site but hadn't seen any and with the amount of people up and down the tracks the hope of seeing one on the ground was never going to happen.So I switched to photographing a few Grasshoppers instead.

Meadow Grasshopper

Meadow Grasshopper

Male Woodland Grasshoper

Meadow Grasshopper

Male Woodland Grasshopper
Butterflies seen:-

Small Skipper
Large Skipper
Small White
Purple Hairstreak 1
Common Blue
White Admiral 1
Small Tortoiseshell
Comma
Red Admiral
Silver Washed Fritillary 6+
Marbled White
Meadow Brown
Ringlet

Dragonflies seen:-

Migrant Hawker 1
Emperor Dragonfly 2
Brown Hawker 1
Broad Bodied Chaser 3
Ruddy Darter 2

Grasshoppers/Crickets seen:-

Meadow Grasshopper
Woodland Grasshopper
Common Field Grasshopper
Dark Bush Cricket
Roesel's Bush Cricket


Monday, 22 June 2020

Southern Migrant Hawker Otmoor 22nd June

My second attempt to try and see this species for Oxfordshire.Tried Saturday but unsuccessful. The individual seen today was in exactly the same place as the one seen at the weekend.The one seen today is different to the one in rogers picture from yesterday. The one seen today was a female.I'd say there were probably at least 3 individuals in the area, 2 males and a female. If you compare segments 8,9 and 10 of the males on geoff's photo's on the oxon dragonflies blog there are slight differences in my opinion.

Southern Migrant Hawker

Southern Migrant Hawker

Southern Migrant Hawker

Southern Migrant Hawker

Southern Migrant hawker

Hornet Moth from Saturday

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Dry Sandford Pit BBOWT Reserve 16th June

Spent an hour at the reserve this morning to check out the Southern Damselflies.

Southern Damsel

Southern Damsel

Common Blue Damsel

Southern Damsel

Southern Damsel

Knapweed Broomrape

Knapweed Broomrape

Toadflax
Dams/Drags seen:-

Large Red Damsel 1
Common Blue Damsel 1
Southern Damsel 5+
Keeled Skimmer 2

Butterflies seen:-

Large Skipper 1
Small Skipper 1
Marbled White 10+
Meadow Brown 10+
Small Heath 2

Orchids Seen:-

Common Spotted Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid
Marsh Helleborine (just starting to flower)

Monday, 15 June 2020

Radley Lakes 15th June

Spent a couple of hours at Radley Lakes this morning to check out what Damselflies/ Dragonflies were around.

Emerald Damselfly

Blue Tailed Damselfly(Rufescens)

Emerald Damselfly

Blue Tailed Damselfly

Emerald Damselfly

Blue Tailed Damselfly

Emerald Damselfly

Emerald Damselfly

Common Blue Damselflies

Ruddy Darter

Ruddy Darter

Pyramidal Orchid
Dams/Drags Seen:-

Emerald Damselfly 8+ (Edge of Orchard Lake) 
Common Blue Damselfly (Many)
Blue-Tailed Damselfly 8
Red Eyed Damselfly 10+
Emperor Dragonfly 8
Four-spotted Chaser 7
Black Tailed Skimmer 7
Ruddy Darter 30+ (Tenerals)

Orchids:-

Common Spotted Orchid
Southern Marsh Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid

1 Grass Snake seen at edge of Orchard lake.