More summer insects

I spent today controlling ragwort, thistles and balsam with volunteer student. While we were out and about we managed to see some nice insects including southern hawker and brown hawker dragonflies, a silver-washed fritillary butterflies (one of which actually settled and allowed me to get a photograph) and my first sighting of an emerald damselfy at Blashford Lakes.

Emerald damselfly

Emerald damselfly


Silver-washed fritillary

We also found a four-banded longhorn beetle on a bindweed flower, while looking for Himayalan balsam.


Four-banded longhorn beetle


Ollie removing some of the last Himalayan balsam from a remote area of the reserve.

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