This arrived in my inbox from Ian Merrill via Dave Gray. I thought it deserved posting on here... I'll try and follow this up at some point this week.
I have been at New Lount Nature Reserve SK3918 today and saw amongst others species 2 male Common Hawkers, Aeshna juncea. They were patrolling the eastern pool around midday when the sun was out. A large hawker constantly patrolling the pool, chasing the four spots and even holding it's own with the Emperor. I got a good size comparison with Emperor, Southern and Brown Hawker. I got views down to 5m through binoculars (10x). Narrow yellow thoracic side stripes, blue abdomen spots on body held straight. Unfortunately I could confirm a yellow costa but the wings had a brown suffusion. Thought I would let you know so you can have a look tomorrow if the weather is OK.
If anyone is interested in Broad-leaved Helleborine at Cloud Wood SK 417214 they just about as good as they get now. This was our third visit to Cloud Wood in the last 4 weeks to get some photos of this species and today we think we got it right.
Something that I noticed when I was photographing them today if you look at the close up photos carefully there is a difference between the Petals, colour and shape. I can’t help wondering if there are two different types in Cloud Wood??
Obviously I am no expert at this but maybe someone could let me know about the differences between them.
I know Barnack Hills and Holes (TF 076047) isn’t within VC55 but it’s only a couple of miles the other side of Stamford and worth a visit to see the Chalkhill Blues. I visited the site today and never left the car park as there were 18 of them getting minerals from a dried out puddle. I watched them for an hour and a Brown Argus kept on returning to the same puddle. All the Butterflies I saw today were in pristine condition and very easy to photograph.