At Goose Green, Alice Holt, we watched purple emperor (Apatura iris) - with one male atop a sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)- tussling a second male on the wing; and purple hairstreak (Neozephyrus quercus) - both species lifers for me.
Also flying ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus), peacock (Inachis io), meadow brown (Manilio jurtina), large skipper (Ochlodes venata), marbled white (Melanargia galathea), gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonis) and silver-washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia).
Odanata interest was provided by brown hawker (Aeshna grandis) and southern hawker (Aeshna cyanea).
A goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) overhead was a complete bonus!
|His Royal Highness (record shot)|
At Moats Pond, Thursley Common in the afternoon - we counted 14 species of Odanata from pond-side and boardwalks - including two more lifers for me: black darter (Sympetrum danae) and downy emerald (Cordulia aenea).
|small red damselfy|
|very worn out fem. |
keeled skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)