To he who waits…

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Six weeks ago we were excited to report the arrival of the first real dragonfly at our new pond.

We learned how Libellula depressa “returns to a favoured perch in the sun”

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and eventually “when a female enters a male’s territory the male will fly up and grab the female. Mating occurs on the wing and the pair are in tandem for only a brief period, often less than a minute”

So we excited to be there two days ago for that minute. So excited we didn’t manage to take a picture until the female danced over the water, depositing eggs on the floating foliage

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Like the rest of the UK, we are acutely aware of butterfly decline. Memories of the past when every buddleia was clouded in a haze of Tortoiseshells, Red Admirals and Peacocks.

We have had one Red Admiral mooching around for a couple of months and then, yesterday, five newly hatched individuals on the buddleia

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