Thursday, 12 July 2018

Early Season Willow Fix

With a Willow Emerald Damselfly emerging a few nights ago from my garden pond, I wanted to make sure that I took the damselfly back to Nethergong where I collected the nymph to release it so it could stand the best chance of continuing the cycle of life for this species. I spent a couple of hours walking along the stream where in cloudy conditions, I was not surprised to see any at all, but a quick netting session again at least provided me with a few Willow Emerald and Emerald Damselfly nymphs in the shallows preparing to emerge soon. With the conditions not ideal for flying, I released the male Willow Emerald Damselfly on to a stick on the edge of the reeds where I then spent a while taking a number of photos knowing it was unlikely to fly off. Despite the lack of sunshine, I surprisingly ended up with a few pleasing efforts of this superb damselfly showing some of the characteristics required to identify this species. Hopefully in a few weeks there will be a good number flying and I will be able to spend time in their company studying, learning and photographing this still rare damselfly. Roll on the Willow season.
 



 

Willow Emerald Damselfy (Chalcolestes viridis) Teneral Male


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    1. Many thanks Bob. Looking forward to a few early morning sunny sessions once they've coloured up.

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    1. Many thanks Bob. Hopefully the start of many aspects of this damselflies life to come over the next few months.

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  3. A big well done Marc,for taking them back Home,the image results are amazing,well worth collecting and returning back to original pond.
    John.

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    1. Many thanks John. Always nice to release where I found them and feels the right thing to do. They've allowed me to delve into their secret lives. It's the least I can.

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  4. What a splendid start you've had to the Willow season - and excellently captured too. You've got me looking into the possibility of staying at Nethergong next month! Best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. Many thanks Richard. Yes, a pleasing start indeed. I would hope by next weekend that im seeing them regularly. Well worth a trip down to see them if you have the time.

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  5. Beautiful series of images. Congrats..

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    1. Many thanks Ana, much appreciated.

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