school garden

school garden

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Insects aplenty

Libellula depressa  dragonfly nymph

Late saturday afternoon whilst carrying out a few small jobs around the pond the almost final stage of a Libellula depressa (Broad-bodied Chaser) dragonfly nymph was found scuttling about on the pond edge. It was photographed on the safe hands of our  young weekend entomologist.  The nymphs look very mean and they are. They will eat anything at this stage and the spring loaded jaws ensure that not much is missed. I expect it has noticed the recent abundance of small tadpoles.  The nymph should crawl out of the pond in mid-May and over a few hours metamorphosis will take place and this somewhat ugly creature will turn into a beautiful dragonfly.

Earlier that morning three species of butterly were seen in the garden. These pictures are from the internet.

A male Brimstone butterlfy

A Peacock butterfly

A Comma butterfly

The Comma was a new species on the list since it was started two years ago.

With warm weather set to continue this week more insects should be appearing in the garden. We will keep our eyes open!

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