A speedy chase was made to catch up with the Migrant Hawker as it frequently sped around the garden before returning to the pond. It was photographed trying to hide on one of the sunflower stems.
|The male Migrant Hawker|
|Detail of the thorax - the yellow wine glass shape clinches the identification|
|The male Common Darter|
As the summer slowly slides into autumn the flowers around the pond are all but disappearing, Still left in full bloom are the water mint (still looking for that elusive little green beetle), Purple Loosestrife, Great Willow-herb and the handsome Angelica
Angelica is a widely used herb. The stems can be candied - they are delicious! Try one straight out of the jar if your mum will let you. The plant is also used for bronchial and digestive problems, blood enrichment, rheumatism, arthritis and even influenza. It was once even thought to cure the plague.
|The magnificent flower of the Great Willow-herb|
Finally you cannot help but admire those pond skaters. Wonderful insects which balance their life on the cusp of 'above and below' water. A close look at their legs reveals that they do not actually stand on the water but sit on bended knees.
|Pond Skater -on bended knees! (click to enlarge photograph)|