The joy of our own pond

I’m so glad we made a pond. Bruce’s back didn’t enjoy it but even he agrees that the pond is worth it. We can sit and watch frogs and newts, and all manner of insects who enjoy being near the water, without even leaving our garden. At the weekend I spent some time watching Damselflies sunbathing and mating in various places across the pond.

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First Insects

I saw some of my first insects on my walk at the weekend. It made me rather happy 🙂

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Hoverfly on a Celandine
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Ladybird (or Ladybug if you prefer)
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Rather tattered Red Admiral butterfly (not the best photo every but it was my first butterfly!)
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The only shot I managed of a very busy Bumblebee who just wouldn’t stay still!

Sweet Bee

I met this bee the other day in the garden, quietly bumbling about in an Evening Primrose flower. It was a cute little thing. It was about to head off to another flower and turned to look at me before it left.

Flight

At the weekend I was having a walk round the village with my daughter and when we reached the village pond there were dragons all around! Lots of Common Darter dragonflies buzzing around, some mating, and also (I think) a Southern Hawker. It was very exciting to be in amongst them and I was lucky enough to get a couple of shots of the Darters in flight! I would have loved to get a shot of the Hawker, but he was much too fast for me!

Here’s one settled on the ground for a better look:

No photos of the Hawker this time sadly, but this is a photo of a Southern Hawker that I managed to capture last year. They’re so pretty!

Droneflies

Droneflies, a kind of hoverfly, are all around at the moment, so of course photos have been taken. They’re not bees, even though they can be mistaken for them, but they do pollinate flowers so are just as useful. They’re also kind of cute in their own way. Here are a few from around the garden.

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Female Dronefly visiting Buddleia
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Male Dronefly sipping nectar from Ragwort flowers
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Female Dronefly taking a rest on a leaf

Damselfly Love

On a recent walk at Cors Caron I spotted these two damselflies in love. I watched (and took photos, of course) while they gradually positioned themselves into a lovely heart shape. I know it’s silly, but it seems kind of romantic 🙂