Another busy day in the garden ready for Open Day next sunday. All work was brought to a halt when the shout of large dragonfly went up. Rushing up to the pond there was a female Emperor Dragonfly laying eggs on the underside of the lily pads. Between each egg laying session if flew very fast around the garden - returning each time to the lily pads to continue egg laying.
|The female Emperor Dragonfly laying eggs in the school pond|
|Another shot of the female Emperor Dragonfly|
This sighting was welcomed as breeding had been suspected whilst studying the larval stages/ nymphs earlier this year. Some of the nymphs found keyed out as Emperor Dragonflies. Another species on the list.
Also this morning a great selection of spiders and grasshoppers were found. More work needed on these!