Ramsdown nature reserve

Updated 26 June 14

Yesterday had the afternoon off work and went to Ramsdown nature reserve in the search for more damsels and dragonflies with the weather being sunny and very warm. Found damsels and dragons plus butterflies and daytime flying moths, and this is a selection of the best shots from the afternoon.

First up the butterflies and daytime moth.

A Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)

Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4. Slight crop

Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) on the path.

Small Tortoiseshell
Small Tortoiseshell
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

The Latticed Heath (Chiasmia clathrata) moth.

Latticed Heath moth
Latticed Heath moth
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

Now the damsels, of which 2 I am undecided as to ID.

This first is one is an Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa)

Emerald Damselfly
Emerald Damselfly
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

However, I am uncertain if these 2 are Scarce Emeralds or more Emeralds.

UPDATE: Confirmed that these are Emerald Damselflies on the UK Dragonfly forum

Scarce Emerald or Emerald Damselfly
Scarce Emerald or Emerald Damselfly
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

Scarce Emerald or Emerald Damselfly (2)
Scarce Emerald or Emerald Damselfly (2)
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

Lastly the dragonflies, and I believe both found on the day are Black Darters (Sympetrum danae).

UPDATE: Confirmed that these are Black Darters on the UK Dragonfly forum

Black Darter
Black Darter
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

Particularly as the second one is resting in the obelisk position.

Black Darter Portrait
Black Darter Portrait
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

Black Darter (2)
Black Darter (2)
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

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Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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