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Darters and Damselflies – Little’s Garden Essex

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.

Common blue damselflies


Southern blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerum

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.

Common Darters


Common darter - Sympetrum striolatum

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.


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