A Better Day at MSQ

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Female Black-Tailed Skimmer
Having failed dismally yesterday and as the day dawned bright and sunny in Grimsby, I decided to visit Messingham Sand Quarry Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserve near Scunthorpe today. Again though by the time I arrived at the reserve the clouds had rolled in. Expecting the worst I decided to complete one circuit before I called it a day. Very soon I was delighted when the clouds just as quickly cleared. There was immediately lots of activity. Insects love the sun. The first that I found was a pair of copulating hairy hawker dragonflies which posed nicely for photography. On the way to the heather meadow I came across a brown hawker but it was very flighty and I was unable to get close enough for photography. In the heather meadow itself there were still several fresh looking four spotted chasers which surprised me as it is getting close to the end of their flight period. There were also at least one female and one male black-tailed skimmer dragonflies. The female was very accommodating and I was successful in securing several excellent shots. Like the brown hawker, though, I couldn’t get close to the male. There were noticeably very few butterflies about and I wonder if this is due to the cold and wet weather we have had during June. I did manage to photograph large skipper , though, and see brimstone, speckled wood and meadow brown.
A much better day today.