Woodbury Common – some classic species

Spent a few hours at the Devon Wildlife Trust’s reserve at Bystock Pools. They are on Woodbury Common and the species I photographed are pretty much all classic Dartmoor species too. Keep an eye open for them over the next few days / weeks especially if the weather holds.

Bystock Pool 2The pools are very small and are acidic in nature being surrounded by lowland heath

Bystock PoolPerhaps mid September is a bit late in the season for some of the speciality species ….

Beautiful yellow underwing caterpillarThe caterpillar of the beautiful yellow underwing – a localised species that feeds on heather

Helophilus pendulusThe wetland hoverfly Helophilus pendulus

Sericomyia slientisThe Devon speciality hoverfly Sericomyia silentis

Common groundhopperA common groundhopper on bell heather flowers

Male common darterA male common darter dragonfly

Keeled skimmerClose up of a keeled skimmer dragonfly

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