Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Winged Wonders

In spite of the non summery weather and particularly the lack of sunshine, Banded Demoiselle damselflies have emerged on the River Aln near Lesbury, at roughly the same time as last year

Having spent 2 years as Larvae living in water and breathing through gills, there are now adults of both sexes, who have emerged from the water and taken on wings to breathe the same air as us

Their life expectancy as adults is between 2 and 8 weeks, just enough  time to breed and continue the cycle of life

They truly are winged wonders

1 comment:

  1. I've been seeing them on the Coquet at the Black Bridge for a few years now, since June 2010, although I understand they were first recorded a few years earlier than that. I hadn't realised they'd reached the Aln.

    Good news.