A bit of a conundrum today: I suspect this is Smicronyx jungermanniae, which would be a lifer,but I admittedly have no experience on whether this species needs microscopy or anything to confirm.
It was on a fencepost in a grassy area on Flamborough Head, but it could have been blown from anywhere as it was quite windy today and I would be extremely grateful if someone could shed a bit of light on this for me.
I nipped down to Flamborough Head today to look for the oil beetles for my challenge, as any of them would be a lifer. I was to be unlucky, however, but I did get an arguably better lifer.
In the morning a female Red-veined Darter was found along the cliff top and I wasn’t expecting to see it given how mobile single migrant dragonflies can be. I did have it in the back of my mind though.
This is a species which I probably should have seen by now, even though they are quite a scarce migrant to most of the country. Indeed, I’m fairly sure I had one at Titchwell Marsh when I was in Norfolk, but I couldn’t be certain as the views were very brief.
Today though, I noticed a darter flying down the path and it settled, quite distantly, but long enough for me to get this record shot.
It’s really not the best of shots but you can clearly see the extensive yellowish veins exhibited by female Red-veined Darters. This shot also gives a sense of the two-toned eyes: