Paul, for a rare treat not "too" far from you, go observe the bog buckbean moth (Hemileuca maia) which occurs only in bogs in upstate NY and a couple places NE of Kingston in Ontario. Well, it's too late now, but plan for September next year.
Thanks Chuck It is beautiful moth indeed. Unfortunately I will be in Canada only in July and November so most likely it will be too soon and too late to find it. I have never seen this species so when one year it happens I will be there in October I am sure I will look for it.
Ps Do you know exact location as I believe it must be very localized and hard to find
As it has been very mild for this time of year, about 14C today and only going down to about 10C the last couple of nights I thought I'd have another days fishing, when I arrived at 08:30 this morning I was very pleased to see the water a good muddy colour (no, not from the recent rains we've had) the fish were obviously feeding well, stirring up the mud, anyway I got set up and started around 9, fishing was very good, but at around 11:00-11:15 the clouds broke and I got a little sunshine and the surprise of my life when several dragonflies started darting about over the water catching small midges, seriously the 17th of December, dragonflies still on the wing, thought they would be long gone, I'm no dragonfly expert but are there late flying species in the U.K.
Rich could be a species of Sympetrum, Common or Ruddy Darter. I have read they last into November but December seems crazy, must have hatched late due to the very mild winter. Were they fairly small, brown or reddish, if they were, they were probably one of those species. If they were large, probably Aeshna species, Common or Southern Hawker, they also last into November.
Yes Peter, I've had a quick search and I believe they are a species of darters, certainly not the larger hawkers, which I get in my garden, they breed in my pond, I've found empty pupal cases on the yellow flag leaves. They were a light brown colour. I saw loads at the beginning of November when I fished this spot, along with the larger hawkers and the 2 speckled woods I mentioned earlier in this thread, but to see them now is amazing, and today looks like being sunnier with clear blue skies as I write this.
I won't be fishing today though, preparing for my parents 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow..
Lol, I've not had a gudgeon for years Adam, but then I've not fished with maggots for years, I use 4-8mm carp pellets, grains of sweet corn or 6-8mm cubes of luncheon meat all far too big for a little gudgeons mouth, I have though managed to get a few roach around 4oz take such large baits but not many, my usual targets are the carp, tench, bream, barbel and chubb that reside in my local still waters. In the springtime I'm usually on a gravel pit after a double figured "little red eyed green monster" or tench as they are better know, closest I've come is 9lb13oz, just 3oz short of the double I want. Maybe this year!!