Jun 04 2021

George at Portmoak Moss is back amongst the dragons


I was delighted to hear from George Guthrie, who is a volunteer warden as well as a wildlife monitor at our beautiful Portmoak Moss site in Kinross-shire, that he has been able to get out monitoring invertebrates again at Portmoak Moss. 


George has been monitoring the site for many years but Covid travel restrictions interrupted his surveys in 2020.  Now that he has been able to be out and about again with other invertebrate expert friends at the site in 2021 the weather has not been very good so far for recording but they were delighted to see their first Damsels & Dragon flies on 3rd June with 8 Large Reds and 2 Four-spotted Chasers.   


They actually saw the Chasers mate and then the female went on to ova posit right there in front of us – George hopes this will be beginning of many more sightings.


George shared some of his photos from previous visits:



Four-spotted chaser nymph just emerged from the water



A close up of the nymph..to quote George – “It’s a hideous thing!”



The nymph climbing a tree trunk



George missed the nymph emerging but when he went back about an hour later it was hanging on a reed drying its wings.



Later the same nymph is fully ready to fly




A fully coloured adult sunning its self (as they do)!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


This is the exuvia that the Dragonfly nymph came out of



Portmoak Moss consists mainly of mature conifer plantation along with some mixed woodland and native broadleaved woodland. At the core of the site is a large open area of raised bog habitat (an area of deep peat) one of few remaining in central Scotland. As a result the wood is a refuge for a variety of wildlife including red squirrels, and in particular is an important place for invertebrates including butterflies and moths as well as damselflies and dragonflies.



Matilda Scharsach

Scotland Volunteering Development Officer

  • Sarah Shaw

    Fantastic photos George! Thank you so much for sharing these with us

    June 4, 2021 at 3:46 pm
  • Gwen Raes

    What a cracker of photographs … truly lovely.

    June 9, 2021 at 2:52 pm

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