Emperor's visit

Whilst having lunch next to the pond we noticed this fantastic Emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator). The dragonfly was next to its nymphal exuviae so had obviously climbed out of our pond.

Emperor dragonfly drying its wings having emerged from the nymphal skin

Emperor dragonfly drying its wings having emerged from the nymphal skin

I also noticed this horse-fly (Tabanus sp.). The larvae of horse-flies live in damp soil so I suspect this one could’ve originated from the mud surrounding the pond.

Adult horse-fly

Adult horse-fly

We’re also now getting regular visits from Speckled wood butterflies:

Speckled wood butterfly

Speckled wood butterfly

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