A Busy Day for Insects

Monday, June 3rd 2013

Sun and warmth encourage the insects out from deep in the vegetation where they have been sheltering from the wind, rain and cold.  The Large Red Damselflies were newly hatched last week but disappeared during the cold and wet days.  There was concern that the first hatching may have died, however today they were flying strongly in many areas of the reserve, not just around the ponds.

Large Red Damselfly

On Friday there was a possible sighting of a blue damselfly but it flew so quickly and disappeared into the long grass, recording it was 'not allowed'!  Today there was no doubt, a Blue-tailed Damselfly was photographed.

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Along Risedale Beck, Mayfly were seen, as were butterflies, bees and hoverflies feeding amongst the Spring flowers.

Bee feeding on vetch

Hoverfly on Wild Garlic

A different movement saw a Scorpion Fly land.

Scorpion Fly

Each year is different and the date of summer migrants returning, damsleflies hatching, frogs and toads spawning and flowers opening varies.  The last day of May 2012 saw Northern Marsh Orchids making it into the month's observations.  This year it will take a little while longer before they can be recorded.

Bud of Northern Marsh Orchid


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