My first quest was for Marbled Whites which normally would be about in their dozens by now. North Scrub did give up half a dozen or so, but they kept quite low in the breeze, perhaps laying eggs while they could. Other butterflies seen today included Meadow Brown, Ringlets, Large Skippers, a single 7-Spot Burnett, Speckled Woods, and a couple of small Tortoiseshell and Red Admirals.
The stars today were the dragonflies. The wind presented a few problems, but where there was some shelter there were plenty to see. By far the numerous were the Common Darter, but there were also a few Southern and Brown Hawkers around the reserve. And there was plenty of food available for them.
|Head-on Common Darter|
|Male Common Darter|