This excellent photograph was taken by Jon Cartwright and shows how attractive the male Broad-bodied Chaser is. This species is often seen over shallow, sunny ponds where between periods of active flight it perches on waterside vegetation.
Joe Turner visited Pound Green recently and was able to take these great photos to help us celebrate the special nature of this interesting part of Wyre.
27 May 2014 A surprising find on the banks of the River Severn near Bewdley Ultrasonic Flow measuring station- A Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) larval case. This species is associated with small brooks and wet flushes not the River Severn, so perhaps this one was washed out of the Dowles brook which is only 200 m’s upstream of this location
The Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Cordulegaster boltonii, is one of the specialities of the Wyre Forest and is the only reliable place in Worcestershire to find them. They can be seen anywhere near the small streams and wet flushes running in to the Dowles brook. The males will patrol up and down the streams looking for females, while the females may be harder to locate but are usually will sitting nearby. When egg laying they use an elongated ovipositor like a garden dibber, to place eggs in to the silt. This female was resting by a small stream near Mawley.
It has been a long cool Spring and the emergence of many aquatic invertebrates has been delayed. The Club-tailed Dragonfly or Common Club-tail (Gomphus vulgatissimus) can emerge any time between the 1st May to the end of May; this year, like last, emergence has been late (20th May). Heavy rain two weeks ago also delayed matters as the river temperature drops during the period of high flows.