Aylmerton Nature Diary

Holt Lowes

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Keeled Skimmer, male – Holt Lowes

It was the second day of village events on Sunday, with the Annual Horticultural Show. I managed to extricate myself from the proceedings over lunchtime and paid a visit to Holt Lowes, in pursuit of dragonflies – with the principal quarry being Keeled Skimmer. There were several of these pretty dragonflies along the field edge, as I approached the Lowes, and many more around the main pond. I also found Common and Ruddy Darter, Azure, Common, Blue-tailed, Emerald and Large Red Damselfly and my first Migrant Hawker of the year. White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary and Purple Hairstreak added some butterfly interest.

Female Keeled Skimmer

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There was plenty of butterfly interest – including White Admiral

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and this handsome guy, who I very nearly trod on! 

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Meanwhile, back at the Horticultural Show, Jane was busy collecting eighteen certificates of merit, the cup for best fruit and veg and the Basil Drury Memorial Cup for overall winner – well done Jane!

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