with a pinkish hue , it would be easy to say Large Red Damselfly , but looking at the first segment of the abdomen , the 'golf ball on tee' marking , identifies it as a Common Blue , and the all the same colour segments 8 & 9 confirm it . Once again , butterflies were at a premium , as I only found one Common Blue , tucked away in the grass , and a single Green Veined White flew by at a rate of knots on the wind . The wind also disturbed another day flying moth , the Cinnabar Moth , one of the more colourful species , being charcoal and red . It soon tucked itself away again in the waterside vegetation . This species lays it's egg on Ragwort , and the yellow and black ringed caterpillars will be seen later in the year . The clouds were building again , and the sight of 20/25 Swifts , and several Swallows hawking high over the lake , often the sign of impending rain . I made my way home , and within minutes , the heavens opened again , and it is still raining now . Why can't someone train hirondine to do the weather forecast ?
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