I was over at Blashford this afternoon, although I was mostly confined to the office, luckily there were people who were not. There was a school group in and they made a couple of good finds. Whilst pond dipping they found a downy emerald dragonfly that had fallen back into the water, they rescued it and put it to dry on plants beside the pond.
I took the opportunity to get a few really close up shots as well, like this head-shot, it really is “downy” and “emerald”!
The dragonfly was not their only find though, they also found a very fine ground beetle, Carabus granulatus.
Not only is it also a rather splendid metallic sheened insect but it also has wonderful sculpturing on the elytra (wing cases).
As I was outside to take the pictures and the sun was out I had a quick look around the pond area and found two Rhingia campestris, a common hoverfly with and extraordinary long “snout”.
The female was very fat, presumably full of eggs.
Birds reported today were at least 10 swift over Ibsley Water, 3 common sandpiper, over 30 common tern and 2 Arctic tern also on Ibsley Water.