Finally, some Summer weather. The damselflies made the most of it – there were several pairs of these red damselflies mating in my garden yesterday.
A male damselfly holds onto the female after mating to prevent other males from inseminating her. Taken in my garden this week.
Dimply damsel, sweetly smiling,
All caressing, none beguiling,
Bud of beauty, fairly blowing,
Every charm to nature owing.
Ambrose Philips, ‘To Miss Margaret Pultenay’ (1727)