With the warm weather, one invariably gets a dramatic increase in the numbers of insects. At the moment, the butterflies and moths are doing pretty well having been decimated over the last few years. On our walk around the local farmland this morning, we spotted several Gatekeepers (Pyronia tithonus). These small, brown butterflies are still relatively common in the UK, particularly among tall grasses which grow close to hedgerows, trees or scrub.
Along the old Nutbrook Canal, we spotted a rather beautiful insect, a male Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens). Easily told from the female by the dark 'thumb print' marks on their wings, these broad-winged damselflies are also rather common in the UK, but still wonderful to see flitting around the water.