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Today, I carried out this weeks butterfly/dragonfly count. Dragonflies were surprisingly thin on the ground at Castle Water, though I did have a few emperor and quite a few black-tailed skimmer, as well as both ruddy and common darter. Lots of butterflies though, mainly meadow brown and gatekeeper, including a couple of marbled white at the colony near the viewpoint, brown argus, red admiral and small copper near Castle Water Hide. Near the viewpoint I also had flecked general (see here), a big wasp-mimicing soldierfly the larvae of which live in pools and ditches and a pantaloon bee (below) on fleabane near the office as I was parking up on my return.

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