Thursday, 28 July 2011

Monday 25th July

Monday Morning dawned bright and sunny. Shimmering beads of dew edged every grass stem and coated every flower petal. Having decided to make the most of a free day, I was at Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve by 7.30am! A few butterflies and insects, were already gently waking up, flitting between the jewel encrusted poppies and diamond daisies; Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers, intricate Hoverflies and 'little brown moths'. The bright yellow Ragwort flowers were adorned with Black and Yellow striped caterpillars of the Cinnabar moth, like multiple miniature football scarves, whilst regiments of orange soldier beetles paraded along the stems of many of the flowers and grasses.

Mid-day warmth and glorious sunshine and the air was alive with the buzzing and zipping and zinging of flies, grasshoppers, crickets, bees, and uncountable other bugs, all intent on feeding, fighting and breeding! Undeniably the king of them all had to be the Dragonflies. Darting and hawking back and forth on strong whirring wings, their keen eyes pick up any movement that might mean food, a mate or a rival! Ruddy Darters, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Four-spotted Chasers and Emperor dragonflies were all seen on various areas of the reserve.
Looking closer revealed a pleasant surprise - dainty damselflies flitting between the reeds. Large Red and Azure damselflies were both present but I think my favourite was the fairy-like Emerald damselfly.

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