Late morning there was another break in this summer's dire weather and it actually felt fairly mild so I decided to re-visit Hillditch Pool for another look at the Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies to you and me).
On arrival it soon became apparent that there was more than one Scarce Chaser present. After walking the length of the pool a number of times to obtain a more accurate count I recorded 6 Scarce Chasers in total. To see this species in Worcestershire you would normally have to go to the River Avon in the South east of the county, so to see 6 here I was absolutely elated!
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Dragonflies of Worcestershire
What was also apparent was the numbers of Red-eyed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfy that were seen copulating...amazing what a bit of better weather can do! Also noted today were 2 Large Red Damselflies and a ♂ Banded Demoiselle. On a rather macabre note a Blue-tailed Damselfly was observed and photographed eating another damselfly, something which I had never seen before.
As with seemingly everywhere this summer there was a notable lack of butterflies with the exception of a single Red Admiral. A small number of day flying moths were also present including 1 Yellow Shell and 2 Common Carpet Moth. A handful of Pammene aurana were also noted on the umbilifer flowers.
Small numbers of Bloody-nosed Beetles were also noted at the site. This beetle gets it's name from its defensive behaviour of exuding a bright red fluid from its mouth. As well as providing a visual deterrent, the fluid is foul-tasting and puts of birds and other would-be predators from potentially feeding on the beetle
Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva)
Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas)
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa)