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My trip to Rainham Marshes started and finished under thick cloud, although the weather forecast said it would be a hot sunny day. It did brighten up enough for me to get some nice photos, like these birds which you hear but don't often see:
Common Whitethroat
Reed Warbler


There were very few butterflies about, apart from this Small White:

Small White

There were still lots of bumblebees feeding on the flowers::
White-tailed Bumblebee
Buff-tailed Bumblebee


It took a while for damselflies to start flying, but when they did there were lots of them. These are Azure Damselflies:


Azure Damselfly (Male)
Azure Damselfly (Female)

Blue-tailed Damselfly females come in several colour forms, the pink form being very beautiful:

Blue-tailed Damselfly (female) Pink Form
Blue-tailed Damselfly (female) Green Form

Some of the interesting insects found on the reserve - This one is a saw-fly, very different from the black ones found in gardens:
Saw-fly Selandria serva (?)

A yellow daddy-long-legs (properly called Crane-flies):

Spotted Crane-fly

Surprisingly this ugly bug will turn into a beautiful Ladybird:

Harlequin Ladybird (larva)

This strange beast is a young Bush-cricket, a member of the Grasshopper family

Dark Bush-cricket (nymph)

The aptly-named Thick-kneed beetle is very common on white or yellow flowers::
Thick-kneed Beetle Oedemera nobilis

Two micro-moths, including the tiny 'Nettle-tap' which thinks it's a butterfly:
Nettle-tap Moth Anthophila fabriciana
Celepha lacunana

And finally some of the flowers:
Rambler Rose Rosa longicuspis (?)
Goats-rue Galega officinalis
Bittersweet, or Woody Nightshade

Once again, my thanks to the members of the Wild About Britain Forum for their help with identification.
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