This last trip was based around my favourite pond: the Balsa del Pinar near Teruel. Only Chelmick can base a whole trip around one pond! The species that interest me are Lestids; a family of damselflies that breed in temporary ponds as they can't cope with fish. the Balsa has four species of Lestids: L. virens, L. barbarus, L. sponsa and L. dryas. In 2012 the Balsa was dry and only filled again in 2015 when the Lestids all reappeared. Last week the Balsa was, once again, almost dry; just a small area of water with a few Anax and Enallagma present. No Lestes sponsa or L.dryas on this trip - or so I thought.
Driving back to Madrid on the last day, my wife decided that we should go via Albarracin and the Sierra de Cuenca. This took us by the Nacimeinto de Tajo (the source of the River Tagus which flows past Madrid and reaches the sea at Lisbon, Portugal). This site has a large monument which Chris spotted and decided that she wanted to look at it. I turned the car round and parked. Now, I have been here many times, there is a pond which has never been very good but I decided to go and look at it. The picture above shows what I found. It was superb and guess what, full of Lestes sponsa. which I had never seen here before. Serendipity or what!!