The darters and damselflies were hawking over the wildflower meadows of John Little’s Garden in Essex. It was the morning after our annual green roof training event at John’s. I stroll through the meadows disturbed numerous butterfly and moth species as well.
The garden is awash with Ox-eye daisies, Knapweed, Lady’s Bedstraw, Selfheal, Yellow toadflax, Marjoram, basil and thyme.
The Common blue damselflies were holding court around a stand of dried Ox-eye daisies, lazying hovering between the seed heads and then coming to rest on the grey brown heads.
Nearer the pond at the end of the garden I came across a few large darters – big and orange red – and looking more imposing above the meadow. They were Common darters (Sympetrum striolatum). There must have been four or five patrolling the meadow.