|Willow Emerald Damselfly (33)|
The willow emerald is one of the reserve's most newest species of insect to call Strumpshaw home. They were only recorded here within the last ten years and have already made the reserve renowned haven for them, attracting many enthusiasts hoping to see them. They were once a rare visitor to the UK from Continental Europe, but have now since colonised to a few locations. Willow emerald are large metallic green damselflies and are very difficult to spot as they can blend in like a twig on a branch. You can only find them along ditches at the far end of the Lackford Run, by the railway gates. Its because they need willow branches that hang over still water so that they can lay their eggs inside them. They are the only damselfly species in the UK that don't lay their eggs in water.
|Sawfly Rhogogaster viridis|
|Chinese Water Deer|
|Cobber the Black Swan|