Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Still hanging on...

Despite the grim wet and windy weather, when the sun does come out there are still some Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers to be found in warm sheltered spots! Damian Pinguey has recently seen Common Darters at Chippenham Pond and Mortimores Wood by the Avon.
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Female

Nick Adams saw both species at Lake 26 in the CWP on 9th November and Gareth Harris had 2 Common Darters at Lake 68a/b on the same day.
Southern Hawker was still being seen on 2nd October at Cadnam Common Pond in the far SE of VC8 by Paul Winter. Derek Jenkins saw 15 Common Darters there on 9th November including 5 mating pairs!
So long as we don't get any prolonged frosts then it is possible we will still have some odonata on the wing for a week or two yet :o)