Sunday, 31 May 2009

salterhebble to cooper bridge

a long sunny walk today from salterhebble to cooper bridge and back!
lots more dragonfly activity today with

4 banded demoiselle at bradley hall farm(all males)

15 azure damselflies at both elland gp and bradley hall farm
300+ common blue damselflies around elland gp
34 large red damselflies at elland gp
1 broad bodied chaser at elland gp

large red damselfly


common blue damselfly


banded demoiselle


azure damselfly

3 comments:

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Darrel

Nice photos again mate. A complete list of Odonata recorded at Cromwell Bottom is in the FoCB publication covering the site. Jill & Brian Lucas are the main Odonata recorders in the area and I think Tom Hubbard is the VC63 Dragonfly Soc recorder so he should have a complete list for Calderdale. Tom is a member of Yorkshire Moths I believe so maybe Andy can contact him via that forum.

Off the top of my head spp for Calderdale include:
Emerald Damselfly
Azure Damselfly ?
Large Red
Common Blue
Banded Demoiselle
Four Spotted Chaser
Broad Bodied Chaser
Ruddy Darter
Common Darter
Black Darter
Brown Hawker
Migrant Hawker
Common Hawker

I might have some of these wrong but I reckon I am at least 95% right as I have seen them....or to be more correct shown them mainly by Sue,Brian or Jill.

We had out first damselfly visitors to our half barrel pond in the garden on Friday, a pair of Large Red Damselflies in tandem were ovipositing on some pond weed. Superb close views of the females ovipositor as she either laid eggs in slits in the plant stem or on the surface of the stem. I am not familiar with the breeding techniques of Odonator so was not exactly sure of whazt we saw.

darrell j prest said...

thanks paul for the info in addition to your list i have seen the following at elland gp

Southern Hawker
Emperor Dragonfly
Black-tailed Skimmer

David Pennington said...

Hope you don't mind me butting in. I was also at Elland GP on Sun. Didn't see B-b Chaser but did have a male Brimstone butterfly moving very fast, north.

At Norland Moor on Sat I had a probable Hummingbird Hawkmoth. I'm not a mother but know this sp fairly well from Greece etc. This was a bit too distant to claim though and had gone by the time I got closer.