Friday, 17 June 2016

New Arrivals and a New Species.

Despite cloudy skies and light showers marring a visit to my local forest ponds yesterday,there was some activity to see.This was restricted mainly to teneral darters and damselflies in the margins of the ponds.A first sighting this year was at least two Emerald Damselflies,a male and a female.This is a delicate and elegant damselfly and although numbers will increase,they never seem to be in prolific.That cannot be said of the Common Darter, as good numbers of tenerals are already moving away from the ponds to the safety of the nearby woodland.
An update on this post reveals that the 'Emeralds' pictured are Southern Emerald Damselflies,Lestes barbarus and therefore a new species for the Isle of Wight.See my post on the 25th May 2017.