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Friday, 16 August 2019

Heather Lake - on 18th June, 2019

Not having been out for a while, my blog, over the next few weeks, will be be visiting some of my excursions from earlier in the year.

The dragonfly season got off to a relatively late start in this region. A visit to Heather Lake at the beginning of June just turned up a few damselflies and was not worth reporting on. This day was a little better, and gave me my first local dragonfly of the year.

The walk from my car to the lake passed through two wooded areas. Speckled Wood butterflies were around. 

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - on walk to Heather Lake
Once at the lake, I was disappointed to see relatively few damselflies around. Those present were, primarily, Common Blue Damselfly, with very few Azure Damselflies seen (and none successfully photographed). I didn't do well with the Common Blues, but here are a few for the sake of completion.

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) (teneral female) - Heather Lake

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) (male) - Heather Lake
I was half way round the lake and had not spotted a single dragonfly when I noticed a Four-spotted Chaser low down in long grass, and clearly in trouble. I investigated and found that it was missing its right fore-wing. I also noticed that it was the first time I'd seen f. praenubila of this species, with extended dark markings on the wing tips. I moved it out of the damp grass and onto something more substantial where it would be dry. It did not however look good when I returned half an hour later, and was back, low-down in the vegetation.


Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata f. praenubila) (damaged male) - Heather Lake
There were a number of other insects that I found interesting, although I do not know much about them so my identification might be awry - please let me know if/when you spot mistakes!

One fly, in particular I found fascinating as it was brilliant green. I'd not seen one before but, apparently, they are quite common. It was, however, difficult to photograph as it always landed low down in the grass.

Sawfly (Rhogogaster sp.) - Heather Lake
Lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea) - Heather Lake
Sawfly (Tenthrodo sp.) - Heather Lake
Moths were represented by one caterpillar and one adult micromoth.

Vapourer (Orgyia antigua) (larva) - Heather Lake
(Agapeta hamana) - Heather Lake
I couldn't resist a shot of one of nature's perfections - a seed head. I have no idea what the plant was!

Seed head - Heather Lake
It had started to rain, so I headed for home, with a pleasant surprise as I made my way through one of the wooded sections - a fox was briefly on the path ahead of me. I made a mess of the photo in the poor light and in my haste, but here it is anyway.

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) - near Heather Lake
It hadn't been the most successful of visits, but I did find it interesting and rewarding.


Thank you for dropping by. I'm not sure what my next post will feature, but I expect it to be relatively short and have dragonfly content again.