Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Quarry visit

The local disused quarry is excellent for wildlife. It's a suntrap and the bottom level is flooded, which is good for Damselflies and Dragonflies. I also find a few plants here that I don't find locally elsewhere.

Damselflies are pink on emergence, but quickly change to their proper colour. This male Common Blue Damselfly is just showing tiny hints of blue: Enallagma cyathigerum.

And here are two females:

Last week I showed the male Large Red Damselfly. This is the female:

Heath Speedwell is one of my favourites, with its large, mauve flowers.

Mouse-ear Hawkweed is quite distinctive. This is the only place I find it locally.


Gill said...

Interesting - my common blue damsel females are green, not blue!

Stuart said...

3 colour variants of the female. One is green.