Surrey, Sussex & Hampshire 2019

New Bridge, West Sussex was a place I had seen White-legged Damselfly in a previous visit many years ago, but today there was not one to be found.  Certainly the habitat was different to what I remember, but it could have been we were slightly too early.

Still, there were plenty of Azure Damselflies alongside the rivers, with a few Large Red, Blue-tailed, Red-eyed (on the Water Lilies) Damselflies and several Banded Demoiselles Calopteryx splendens, with a couple of female/immature Beautiful Demoiselles Calopteryx virgo.

A Red Admiral, 14-spot Ladybird Proplea quattuordecimpunctata (on a leaf with a male Banded Demoiselle), Common Red-legged Robberfly Dioctria rufipes was seen along with several juvenile Common Whitethroats.

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On to Crockford Bridge, Hampshire where the gentle meandering stream flowed through the pasture and through the Gorse, where New Forest Ponies with their foals grazed, not changed much since my last visit, again many years ago.

Parking up a short distance along the road 3 juvenile Shieldbugs were found by Jase on the wooden gate, later identified as Pentatoma rufipes Red-legged Shieldbug, also known as Forest Bugs.  A Woodlark was singing nearby and a juvenile Mistle Thrush flew up, into a tree.

Almost immediately male Beautiful Demoiselles were seen along the stream and Southern Damselflies Coenagrion mercuriale were also found, followed by Small Red Damselflies and occasionally Large Red Damselflies.  A male Broad-bodied Chaser patrolled a section of the stream, whilst another patrolled a flash and several male Keeled Skimmers were also seen.

A Gerris species (Pond Skater) and what appears to be Oblong-leaved Sundew were also of note here.

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