Enough gardening, let’s go for lunch!

On Saturday it was too good to stay in so we decided to go to Pons for lunch.

Pons Donjon

We had lunch on the restaurant balcony overlooking the old Donjon and then walked down to the river to see if we could spot any Kingfishers.

1-Ducks la Seugne

Unfortunately, no Kingfishers were sighted but the ducks were parading with their numerous offspring so I was not disappointed.  As common as ducks might be I never tire of their antics nor of seeing flotillas of duckings.

1-Bridge la Seugne

The riverside walk has changed over the years and they have added some wooden bridges so that you can cross over the meandering Seugne.

1-Young male Calopteryx splendens(4)

It was a warm sunny day and quantities these dragonflies were flying around.  As far as I can tell they are male Calopteryx Splendens.

1-Calopteryx splendens (2)

Green ones were flying around too but these were less numerous and I supposed them to be another kind of dragonfly.  In fact, they appear to be female Calopteryx splendens.  The insect world does its best to confuse us.  At least when you take photographs of the dragonflies it gives you time to examine their rears.

1-Boy bits

Here is the male dragonfly displaying his boy bits or claspers.

1-Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

The Speckled Wood butterfly  (Pararge aegeria) was everywhere too, it is the most common butterfly we see in the woods around here.

1-For Picasa

There were lots of little white butterflies, probably different sorts of Pieris.  I always associate them with cabbages but of course their are lots of other plants in the Brassicaceae family.

1-Cardamine pratensis

Lady’s smock (Cardamine pratensis) is in the Brassicaceae and there was lots of it around.  I don’t usually see such dark ones near us.

1-Cardamine pratensis (2)

Although in the minority there were lighter forms as well.  It is called La cressonnette or cresson in French and apparently is edible although I have never tried it yet.

1-Bee pollen 1

This time it was my husband who spotted the cute bee.

1-Bee pollen

She was so covered in pollen that she had difficulty taking off.  Either that or the nectar she had been sampling had started fermenting in situ.  I cannot identify her as she was so covered in pollen but I would guess a little Halictes bee.  After a brief respite on my husband’s hand she took off into the air.

1-Bridge 2

Back over another bridge and we had finished our circuit around the river.


35 thoughts on “Enough gardening, let’s go for lunch!

    1. They are called Demoiselles in French or Beautiful Demoiselle in English but you are correct the are Damselflies or Zygoptera rather than Anisoptera, Dragonflies. I’m afraid I cannot get as excited about them as I do about bees even though they are beautiful. Amelia


  1. Loverley…
    and, judging by the second picture, you went to Duck Pons????….
    great damsel pix too…
    and as for that poor yellow bee…
    our car looks like that at the moment…
    what with all the rape pollen around…
    and my offerings from shredding spruce branches downwind….
    all loaded with male catkins!!
    It should be grey!!


  2. What a delightful outing. I am a fan of ducks too. Never get tired of watching them. The little bee is gorgeous. Reminds me of a child who’s been eating chocolate biscuits and is smothered in chocolate and biscuit crumbs. Concerning the white butterfly, I was intrigued by this article http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/2014/call-to-plant-cover-crops-that-dont-attract-pest-butterflies/ which says the white butterfly is destroying our native cress.


    1. That is a very interesting article. I had never heard of the use of cabbage plants as ground cover. I suppose they are cheap and could be used as green manure but I agree with the article that it would be a much better idea to plant legumes that would naturally increase the nitrogen content of the soil. Amelia


  3. Looks like a beautiful place. Your insect photos inspiring me to look more closely at the ones around here and maybe even see if I can get some portraits. I wonder how much macro lenses are running these days…


    1. I’ve really had a lot of fun with my Macro lens. It is a 100mm Canon lens. I think 100mm is the minimum you want for insect photography but any more and it may be difficult to handle. Often I see things in the photographs that are next to impossible to see by eye.


  4. You had a very different day on Saturday to us! Here it rained almost all day. Thank you for sharing your day out, what a beautiful city and I bet lunch was very good. Those ‘Monet’ bridge images really capture the moment.


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