Delightful Dragonflies

This summer the pond at Hams Hall Environmental Centre has been adorned with a huge number of dragonflies and damselflies, flitting around and making the most of the habitat the pond has to offer.

Here are some fantastic photos taken by our Willow Tit Project Officer, Helen King.

This four-spotted chaser stayed still just long enough to snap a couple of pictures before it went back to whizzing around the pond.

A huge number of damselflies were busy laying their eggs on plants, depositing them just below the surface of the water. You can see in these pictures how the males and females are forming their ‘mating wheels’.

Can you spot the newt amongst them?

Not a dragonfly or damselfly here, but instead a whole group of sawfly caterpillars, hanging on to and munching their way through a tasty leaf.

Have you seen any interesting pond life this summer?

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