I usually associate the first damselflies of the year with fern fronds, because they use them as perches to sun themselves and as launching pads for a leap to catch their prey. This year, however, the ferns are still unfurling and the damsels are having to resort to Bramble for resting on. This is a female Large Red Damselfly:
|Female Large Red Damselfly|
The standard definition of Diptera, or flies, is that they have only two wings. This is true, but only to a certain extent. Flies do indeed have only two wings in the conventional sense, but they also have two modified wings: the halteres. This shot shows the two halteres - located just behind the large, main wings - of a Cranefly:
|Halteres of Cranefly|
When I'm looking for moths at night, I often find other insects attracted to the light. This Cockchafer was hanging on my wall last night:
The micromoth in the next shot has a glorious name: Schreckensteinia festaliella.
This moth always lands with its middle legs outstretched and pointing upwards. I suppose with all those spikes, it must be the only safe place to put them.
As I have mentioned before (and will doubtless mention again), Pug moths are rather difficult to identify to species. The Foxglove Pug can be separated from the very similar Toadflax Pug by the 'notch' in the outer edge of the dark bar, as indicated by the arrow:
|Foxglove Pug, showing notch in wing bar|
Size and timings are also different between the two species, but without a comparison, and given the very early season we're having, we have to act on the clues we are left with.