White-legged Damselflies, 16 June 2018

It's been a long long time since I saw White-legged Damselfly and since then they have been 'discovered' along the River Stour on the Suffolk/Essex border. Armed with site details Belinda and I headed down that way yesterday to combine the trip with a visit to a few of her childhood haunts in the same area.
Reaching the river after a short walk along permissive paths it didn't take too long to ind the first individuals in bankside vegetation and we went on to see several really nicely. Banded Demoiselles were everywhere and it was pleasing to note several Scarce Chasers too. Large red Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly, Blue-tailed Damselflies and Azure Damselflies joined the party as did Meadow Brown, Large Skipper and several Small Heaths.
The habitat here probably hasn't changed since the war, it was like walking through a slice of old England with Lapwings, Turtle Dove and Reed Warbler also heard/seen.

White-legged Damselflies

Banded Demoiselle

Large Skipper

Meadow Brown

   Small Heath


  1. Colour me jealous. Chris!
    I've made trips to Oxfordshire and Essex / Suffolk to look for White-legged! Beautiful images!

  2. Cheers David - just let me know if you'd like site details!