Sunday, 12 July 2020

White-Legged Damselflies Sunday 12th July

Went for a walk around Bodicote fishing lake and meadows this afternoon to take a look at the damselflies.

Male White-Legged Damsel

Female White-Legged Damsel

Male White-Legged Damsel

Female White-Legged Damsel

Male White-Legged Damsel

Female White-Legged Damsel

Male White-Legged Damsel

Male White-Legged Damsel

Male White-Legged Damsel

Dams/Drags seen:-

Banded Demoiselle 2
White-Legged Damsel 10+
Azure Damsel 6
Blue-Tailed Damsel 3
Brown Hawker 2
Emperor Dragonfly 2
Black Tailed Skimmer 1
Common Darter 2


Saturday, 11 July 2020

Longford Park Saturday 11th July

Made another visit to the Scarce blue tailed damsel site this morning in the company of Steve Burch. We managed to see at least 5 today incuding another "Aurantiaca" Phase female.

Scarce Blue-Tailed Damsel "Aurantiaca"

Female Azure Damsel

Female Blue-Tailed Damsel "Infuscens"

Male Scarce Blue-Tailed Damsel

Dams/Drags seen today:-

Emerald Damsel 3
Azure Damsel 4
Blue-Tailed Damsel 15+ inc "violacea, Rufescens and infuscens" females
Scarce Blue-Tailed Damsel 5+
Brown Hawker 2
Common Darter 3

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