A significant increase in the number of dragonfly and damselfly species recorded in Lower Froyle demonstrates the benefit of new wildlife ponds that were dug locally since 2012. On sunny days in August, the vivid blue coloured Emperor Dragonfly could be seen performing aerial acrobatics over the old pond on the corner of Husseys Lane. A mating pair of Common Darters were noted and will lay their eggs in aquatic vegetation. Although this pond is unsuitable for breeding because the ducks and fish will eat the developing nymphs other nearby garden ponds are suitable. From a small garden pond, it was amazing to witness an Azure Damselfly nymph climb out of the water and emerge as a flying adult once it’s wings had expanded and dried.
Other species recorded include Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly and Banded Demoiselle.
See British Dragonfly Society for more information.