Insect Survey Update

With the weather finally warming up a bit, our insect surveyors have been enjoying a recent explosion of life on the ponds.  The railway team counted over 300 damselflies on three ponds yesterday!

Azure Damselfly

Azure Damselfly

Regular photos have also been coming in from George Guthrie, who as well as maintaining regular surveys at Findatie and Burleigh, has also this season taken on Portmoak Moss and Levenmouth Woods.  All of this on top of his regular insect surveying at Lochore Meadows Country Park means that George’s summer is pretty well taken care of!

Here’s a couple of record shots of Loch Leven NNR firsts he took on his last survey of Levenmouth Woods, where we now know that Green Hairstreaks are breeding,

Green Hairstreaks

Green Hairstreaks

(For more fantastic shots of Green Hairstreak, visit Alison Buckle’s Loch Leven NNR Artist in Residence Blog)

…and Forest Cuckoo Bumblebee can also be found, which mainly parasitise Early Bumblebee nests.

Forest Cuckoo Bumblebee

About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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