Photographer Dave Black, very kindly sent us a few pictures he took around the reserve on Tuesday. Some great close ups of insects close up.
Roesel’s bush crickets are very common in areas of rank grassland on the reserve at this time of year. They’re a relatively new species to Britain, first turning up in Kent in the 1950’s and have since spread north and west. The grassland around Ibsley Water is currently literally buzzing with them. The species is named after the (fantastically named) German Entomologist August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof.
Blue damselfly’s are also extremely common at the moment, with both common blue and azure reaching high densities in around the lakes. I can’t definitely identify which species this is below but I think it maybe azure damselfly looking at the colour.
This elephant hawkmoth was in the moth trap on Tuesday, and Dave turned up at the right time to get a picture.
Last up is a nymph meadow grasshopper, also very common at Blashford along with field grasshopper and mottled grasshopper.
To see more of Dave’s work check out: https://www.flickr.com/photos/125401080@N06/sets/72157645294305037/