Cardinal

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Somewhere in between receiving and trying out the new tumble dryer, doing a tiny amount of work and a great deal of processing of old photo files, and going to a thoroughly enjoyable and positive choir rehearsal, I found time … Continued

Scarce Chaser

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I went off to Tiddesley Wood near Pershore this morning in search of the Common Clubtail dragonfly, which is listed at that site. It’s a renownedly elusive beast, however, spending much of its relatively short life up in the tree … Continued

Snartlegog

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This isn’t the best photo I took today – that would be one of these – but I’m posting it to mark my first ever meeting, in all my six decades, with one of these extraordinary beetles. It’s a Common … Continued

Poseur

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Poseuse? I was having a frustrating afternoon with the camera: there just didn’t seem to be many insects around, even though the conditions were ideal. Eventually I found a section of hedgerow that was being worked by several Azure Damselflies, … Continued

Demoiselle day

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Walking back towards the car in Stratford this afternoon, through the park on the south side of the river, I mentioned to R that I wanted to check the reeds around Lucy’s Mill Bridge for dragonflies. Neither of us could … Continued

Swallow

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R and I spent a lovely morning at Croome today. After coffee and scones we walked the lake, and though I didn’t find any dragonflies I was able to get photos of some of the damsels that are now emerging … Continued

Spoiled for choice

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By rights, I should have thighs like Cyd Charisse’s by now, having made three trips all the way down the vicious slope of the Masts Reserve at Prestbury Hill today, and then – obviously – back up again. When I … Continued

Lines

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Scowl lines, mainly: today wasn’t an especially enjoyable day. 1. It was cold, dark, and windy – and I don’t remember ordering any of those things. 2. We finally had to accept that the tumble dryer is dying, and buy … Continued

Mini-beast mini-Blipmeet

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Hillyblips and I met at the Wyre Forest Nature Reserve this morning, and chugged along the disused railway bed in bright sunshine, in pursuit of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. This is one of the earliest fritillaries to emerge in the UK, and … Continued

Damsel day

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It would have been Demoiselle day if I’d been quicker off the mark, because demoiselles trump damsels on sheer beauty. But though they’re easier to spot, on account of looking a bit like large, exotic butterflies in flight, they’re also … Continued