East Anglia is famous for its wetlands, with some of the best - the marshes, fens and lakes of the flat-bottomed river valleys of Broadland, including the Ted Ellis Nature Reserve and the RSPB reserve of Strumpshaw Fen - lying just to the east and north-east of Norwich.
Willow Emerald (Chalcolestes viridis), female; Rockland Broad, Norfolk, UK; September 2015. This damselfly is a recent colonist of eastern England. As is visible in this image, it can be distinguished from the similar Emerald and Scarce Emerald by the greater length of the 'spur' extending forwards from the lower border of the dark green/bronze upper part of the thoracic flank into the pale green lower part.
Willow Emerald (Chalcolestes viridis), tandem pair with egg-laying female (lower insect); Minsmere, Suffolk, UK; September 2015. This photo was taken at a distance and so is not the sharpest, but it does show the trademark behaviour of this species of laying eggs into the bark of trees (in this case an Alder). The male is holding on to the back of the female's head with his abdominal claspers while, remarkably, the female's body is completely bent double into a hairpin-like posture.
Dark Bush-cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera), male; Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk, UK; September 2013
Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni), male, on Yellow Flag (Iris pseudacorus); Ted Ellis Nature Reserve, Norfolk, UK; June 2008
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) on Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense); Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk, UK; June 2009
Peacock (Inachis io) on Buddleia (Buddleja davidii); Minsmere, Suffolk, UK; July 2009
Peacock (Inachis io), caterpillar, on Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica); Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk, UK; June 2009
Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus), male; Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk, UK; July 2008
Figwort Sawfly (Tenthredo scrophulariae); Minsmere, Suffolk, UK; August 2008. To me this sawfly appears to be mimicking a polistine wasp, which is intriguing because polistine wasps are almost entirely absent from the UK.