Perry Mead

Perry Mead - Somerset, UK. ID 804_5799

Perry Mead – Somerset, UK. ID 804_5799

Perry Mead

In the blue skies of summer the yellow fields of the Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Perry Mead reserve look wonderful.

Perry Mead - Somerset, UK. ID 825_1064

Perry Mead – Somerset, UK. ID 825_1064

Perry Mead - Somerset, UK. ID 804_5786

Perry Mead – Somerset, UK. ID 804_5786

Perry Mead - Somerset, UK. ID 804_5927

Perry Mead – Somerset, UK. ID 804_5927

This year the grass is so tall everywhere.

Perry Mead - Somerset, UK. id 825_0959

Perry Mead – Somerset, UK. id 825_0959

Dragonflies and Damselflies

First opportunity for a photograph was a Beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) but it flew too high up into the trees.

Beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) - Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0448

Beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) – Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0448

However, hunting around in the tall grass was much more successful.  It was great to see White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes), Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum), Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella).  All within a few yards of each other and not a pond in sight.

White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) - Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1060 825_1060

White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) – Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1060 825_1060

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) - Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. id 825_1022

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) – Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. id 825_1022

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) - Perry Mead - Somerset, UK. ID 804_5903

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) – Perry Mead – Somerset, UK. ID 804_5903

Even the bigger chasers have been happy to pose.

Four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) - Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0366

Four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) – Perry Mead (last year), Somerset, UK. ID 821_0366

And Finally…

There is a corner of Perry Mead that never disappoints.  Each time I have visited Perry Mead in the summer it has been full of the beautiful Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).

This is want they should like at this time of year.

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) - Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0345

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) – Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. ID 821_0345

In the current heat wave they already look warn-out.

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) - Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1106

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) – Perry Mead, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1106

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