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Messingham Sand Quarry

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Male Southern Hawker
A day out on my own today. Up and away early and arrived at Messingham for 8.00 am. It was a bright sunny morning although a little fresher. It clouded over by mid morning and most insect activity came to an end. There were many butterflies on the wind especially our large and colourful peacock and red admirals. Common they may be but beautiful and a delight to see non the less. As well as these two species there were also common blue, brown argus, comma, speckled wood, small copper, large and green veined white, painted lady, gatekeeper and meadow brown. It was my first painted lady of the year. Dragonflies included southern hawker, brown hawker, black-tailed skimmer and common darter. I was bowled over to see and photograph a mating pair of southern hawkers. These insects are just stunning!!