I decided to have a day off and sit in the garden with hubby, just lazing around and reading. So I thought I'd just water a few plants and the new trees and top up the pond. Then I noticed a dragonfly nymph attached to my reeds, with a dragonfly emerging. So this 'pond post' is especially for Countryside Tales, as I cant believe they have already populated the pond after just 12 months. Looks like something from Alien!
So off I went to get my wildlife books! It seems its a broad-bodied chaser dragonfly. I saw one fly off earlier in the week, but never thought it had come from my pond.
You might be able to see the nymph casing just dropped onto the leaf below in the image above.
They are quite well camouflaged
I hope I've got the stages ok, you can see it slowly opening its wings and moving up the stalk until it's ready to catch the breeze and fly off...which is exactly what it did.
I also had a few large red damselflies. It seems you dont have to have a pond to attract them into the garden, just provide plenty of nectar rich plants which attract small insects for them to feed on. And after all that excitement here's a lovely red damselfly visiting the pond.
I will post on the bat walk next..just had a crazy few days, thought the car needed work doing on it so had to rush off to the garage (it's ok now) and then the home computer crashed...and turns out has had it..so both of us have had to share my works laptop just to check emails and my blog and look for a new one...what a pain! The bat walk was great and very informative.