Back in June I had visit to RSPB Strumpshaw Fen in Norfolk, one of my favourite reserves. I decided to do an anti clockwise loop and started in the area near the ‘Doctors Garden.’ The sun decided to disappear behind the cloud as I arrived around lunchtime, so I wasn’t holding up much hope of seeing much insect life, let alone swallowtail butterflies or Norfolk hawker dragonflies. There was some insect life though, in the form of this variable damselfly, a species I had never managed a decent photo of.
I was hoping to find some scarce chaser dragonflies down by the river, but only glimpse a couple of possible individuals which were very flighty considering the cloud, though it was warm and muggy, which meant lots and lots of mosquitoes like this lady.
I can tell its a female as it has the long pointy mouth for piercing skin and sucking blood, and only female mosquitoes bite!
I stayed in the meadow a good hour or two and observed lots of Norfolk Hawker activity which increased with the sun emerging periodically. I was surprised to see a number of hairy dragonflies too. I managed a nice in-flight shot of the Norfolk hawker…
As the light started to go and the cloud return, I had to think about heading to the campsite for the night, I had a quick look around the swallowtail boardwalk in an optimistic look for swallowtail caterpillars/pupa, with no luck. I did however find this wasp.