Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Another first

It has been an exciting week in the garden.  My first swarm of the year (and hopefully the last), the first eggs of the year in the camera box, first ever Nomada bee (but no photo), and the first damselfly of the year.  I've seen a few round and about recently but not here until now.  This is a female large red damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula).  She was munching on a tiny fly which doesn't show well on the photo.  I also saw a male but he was camera shy.  I see these damselflies each spring but can't be sure whether they come from my pond or nearby.  I also saw a teneral (newly emerged) common darter dragonfly, earlier than I have seen one here before, but again it was too quick for a photo.

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