Sunday, 9 June 2013

Insect hunting in Cumbria

We had two targets in mind when we set off for Cumbria this morning: Small Blue in Workington and Marsh Fritillaries at Finglandrigg Wood. The Small Blues weren't hard to find with 5 or 6 being seen in the time we were there. A few Dingy Skippers were also present. Next to Finglandrigg where the Marsh Fritillaries were obvious when we found the right field. We also found a female Banded Demoiselle at the entrance to the field. We still had a bit of time left so we headed north to a site to try and see White-faced Darters. It took us a while to find the breeding pools but when we did the Darters were very easy to see. They even landed on me and my Dad a couple of times.

Small Blues

Marsh Fritillaries
Dingy Skipper

Banded Demoiselle

White-faced Darters

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Druridge Pools

At least 3 Little Gulls were the highlight of a short look at Druridge Pools. 5 Black-tailed Godwits were visible from the Budge Screen along with 2 Yellow Wagtails. I also saw my first Ondonata of the year which was a young male Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Little Gull

Wall Brown