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Uncooperative Migrant

Observed: 24th August 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates
IMG_1338_Migrant_Hawker_at_rest
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Another inaugural trip with the Beds NHS, this time to Felmersham NR near Bedford. I was gratified to hear that they thought the dragonfly season had been pants, too, so it isn't just me.
This chap was too distant to make a good shot but I thought I'd record it anyway.

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Vinny's picture

I agree

From what I've seen there was a fairly good start to the Odonta year with the warm spring, but it petered out during mid-summer. Seems to be an absolute dearth of damsels in Hants/Dorset compared to other years. Did they all emerge early and that was it? More hopeful signs that we'll see a reasonable quantity of late season hawkers and darters though.
Vinny

jccurd's picture

Butterflies, too

Yes, Spring was very good - exceptional from a viewpoint of British weather. As well as locally (Beds), I follow a couple of Hampshire Odonata enthusiasts on the Web and all seemed to start very well.

Summer never really occurred, though - a non-event rather than being actively bad. The butterflies never really sprang into much action, either. Yesterday, we were in a magnificent wild flower meadow that should have been seething but was almost barren. Weird!

John