Friday, July 4, 2014

News from Savernake

A short visit today found that iris is now quite well out in Savernake Forest.  I managed to see seven males in four of the nine territories I monitor there, and a bat-like female (a 'lady of no small consequence').  One of the males shot an Emperor dragonfly Anax imperator down in flames...

I am not expecting a large emergence in Savernake this year as 80% of hibernating larvae there were predated, the highest tally in five winters of monitoring.  Worse, predation carried on unabated into the spring.

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