It was a very warm afternoon , with a bit of breeze providing some relief as we descended on to the site. A Brimstone Butterfly was seen, 20 or so feet away..but we had been warned not to stray,as under the Sphagnum Moss on which we were walking was 14 Meters of water !
Next up, JK spotted the first of several sightings of Green Hairstreak. This was a lifer for me, and eventually after several sightings I managed to got a record of one too.One of my favourite butterflies.
It was not long before the first Odonata of the afternoon was seen, with plenty of Large Red Damselflies about. We were able to observe the females ovipositing, whilst being guarded by the male.
|Large Red Damselfly|
The dragonfly for which the reserve is famous, was soon encountered as we approached the first decent sized pools. Most the examples were not at full maturity, but nonetheless it was great to see my first White Faced Darter.
|Male White Faced Darter|
Also noted was a single Four Spotted Chaser ( a lifer ) and a Single male Broad Bodied Chaser. On the plant side, the carnivorous plant Sundew, which is able to live in the high acidity of the bog and was fairly common underfoot.
|Immature male White Faced Darter|