Saturday, June 13, 2009

They're not orange anymore

Another visit to the banks of the Great Ouse at Roxton. I nearly didn't go because it looked like it was about to rain. But...

Scarce Chaser
Male Scarce Chaser

Scarce Chaser
Female Scarce Chaser
(Well, there's only a little bit of orange on some of the females now)

Banded Demoiselle

Banded Demoiselle

Banded Demoiselle
Banded Demoiselles were frolicking everywhere

Along with
Blue-tailed Damselflies mating
Blue-tailed Damselflies

Common Blue Damselflies
Common Blue Damselflies

White-legged Damselfly
and a White-legged Damselfly

Large Skipper
While butterflies included this Large Skipper

Painted Lady
Painted Lady (a worn adult, from north Africa)

Small Tortoiseshell
and Small Tortoiseshell

Harlequin Ladybirds
There were quite a few Harlequin Ladybirds getting busy, too...

Mute Swan and nine cygnets
Good to see this family still stands at a total of nine cygnets

Compared to the last couple of times I've been there this year, Scarce Chasers have now become harder to find. They're not orange anymore, and they weren't perching quite so prominently. Maybe they're busy with other things...

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, Extender EF 1.4x II or Canon Powershot A640


  1. I neeeeeed White-legged Damselfly! Gripped!

  2. I only saw one today; Common Blues seemed to be most... common. Didn't Brian find some near Elton?

  3. Dear Katie, as a volunteer in my wife's second grade classroom, please accept my thanks for providing hours and hours of curiousity, ah's, wows and dedicated reading to our class of 20 children. Over the course of the year, we have bookmarked your blog for the wonderful photos...they love them. We look forward to seeing more beautiful images next this September to our new class here in California.
    Thank you for your dedication, knowledge and talent.