Monday, May 31, 2004

Castor Hanglands insects



Got a phone call at lunchtime from MJW who was watching a male Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) at Castor Hanglands. After a little thought I decided it would be nice to go and see it. What an insect!

There were also Hairy Dragonflies (Brachytron pratense) on one of the other ponds, and we nearly trod on this Glow-worm (Lampyris noctiluca) larva on the way out (see below). Robin Scagell of the UK Glow Worm Survey kindly confirmed its identity. There are no other recent records of Glow-worms from this area so it will be fascinating to visit again to look for glowing females. The survey's website provides lots of information if you're interested.