ABOVE AND BELOW THE WHITE FACE CAN JUST BE MADE OUT
ABOVE THE WHITE FACE CAN CLEARLY BE SEEN BELOW WARMING UP IN THE SUN
On my second visit we saw 3 males but only after about an hour of searching a large area and the sun finally making an appearance. White-face Darters only fly in sunlight so can be very difficult to locate in dull weather where they tend to roost amongst the surrounding scrub (up to 50m away from the pools). On both visits another small dragonfly was in evidence but I was unable to photograph them to make a positive identification. Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) could be seen in large numbers as well as Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) and Common Blue (Enallagma cyathigerum) .
TOP FEMALE EMERALD, ABOVE MALE EMERALD BELOW BLUE-TAILED DEVOURING A CRANEFLY
The Large Heath (Coenonympha tullia) also inhabits the area in large numbers which is usual for this species though on my second visit I could only find one. The Large Heath found here is the sub-species Polydama which has less spots than the true form.
LARGE HEATH (FORM POLYDAMA)