Monthly Archives: July 2018

Mating Dragonflies

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Common Darter (Synpetrum striolatum)

Eggs are not laid, but broadcast from the air: the male holds the female in tandem and swings her down and forward over water. At the furthest point of the arc the female releases some of her eggs to fall … Continue reading

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Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus)

Marmalade flies often form dense migratory swarms that may cause panic among people who might think they are wasps. It is among the very few species of flies capable of crushing and eating pollen grains.

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Gatekeeper Butterfly ( Pyronia tithonus)

Adults feed primarily on bramble (Rubus fruticosus agg.), carline thistle (Carlina vulgaris), devil’s-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis), fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica), hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare), ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris), red clover (Trifolium patense), thistles (Cirsium and Carduus species), thyme … Continue reading

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Marbled White Butterfly (Melanargia galathea)

Eggs are laid on the wing, or from brief perches on grass stems, and are just sprinkled among the grass stems. Upon hatching, the larvae immediately enter hibernation and only feed the following spring when the fresh growth occurs. They … Continue reading

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Female Banded Agrion (Calopteryx splendens)

Male and female are variable in color and pattern. The male has translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black spot (or band) across the outer part. On immature dragonflies the spot is dark brown. The body can … Continue reading

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Mating Green-veined White Butterflies

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