The weather here has been much warmer this week and as a result the plants are beginning to bloom and insects return.
Our first damselflies of the year began to emerge on May 17th and continued on the 18th. It's pouring down with rain this morning so I doubt that there will be any more emerging today.
These are large red damselflies Pyrrhosoma nymphula and their exuviae:
Each time I bent down to look for damselflies this frog leaped to the safety of the pond:
The water crowfoot is flowering for the first time (though admittedly there's only one flower so far) in the larger pond:
The bugle and marsh marigolds are almost past their best now, but hopefully the yellow flag iris will flower soon and provide some more colour around the ponds.