Thursday, 23 July 2015


A trip to Kibblesworth brick works today. It was nice to meet up with Michael and have a good crack. Loads of Common Darter and Four-spotted Chaser as well good numbers of Damselflies but the star of the show was a female Black-tailed Skimmer that dropped right in front of me to eat its lunch. A male Black-tailed Skimmer seemed to be skirmishing with the Four-spotted Chasers and landed briefly.

Female Black-tailed Skimmer with lunch.

A rubbish shot of a male Black-tailed Skimmer but it was all I could get.

Four-spotted Chaser

Common Darter

Emerald Damselfly



Mating Flies

This is probably the worst shot you are ever likely to see of a Purple Hairstreak (it might have been a little better had I set the camera correctly)

Micro Moth


  1. Am intrigued by the darter shown face on Ron, seems to have black lines down the sides of the frons which suggests it could be something other than a common. Do you have any more shots of it or is it the same individual as the previous photo?

  2. Hi Alan I have just checked all the shots I took of the Darters and this is the only angle I have of this one. Out of curiosity what do you think it is?

    1. Hi Ron, it may well be just a common darter as you do get the odd 'queer-un'. I would have said Ruddy but pale leg-stripe rules that out, but then it also seems to have bigger than normal patches of yellow at the base of the wings suggesting the possibility of a yellow-winged immature, though I would have thought the yellow would be a lot more prominent and could be just a trick of the light. Impossible to say really without a few shots from different angles, but an intriguing one all the same.