Latest Sightings

Recent items of hot news about Odonata are published here frequently. The most recently received items of news are at the top of the list. Each entry has the date, county and observer's initials (with a link to the observer's website where appropriate). Check back here frequently for information about the progress of the dragonfly season.

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  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Berkshire
    CW

    Just one Common Clubtail exuvia found today along the Thames Promenade in Caversham, Reading.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Essex
    IHD

     5 blue tailed Damselflies with 10 large reds on Benfleet Downs in Essex today.

  • 21st Apr 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Red River LNR, Nr. Camborne. Clear cold night, clear sunny day, very warm in shelter. Large Red Damsels 40+, Azure Damsels 2 female blue form, Broad Bodied Chaser 1 female feeding around sunny gorse flowers.

     

     

  • 20th Apr 2017
    Kent
    JRM

    2 x Variable damselfly, teneral males. At Grove Ferry on vegetation along riverside.

     

     

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Marazion Marsh, Cornwall: Bright morning, rapidly becoming overcast, cool. 5 Blue-tailed Damselflies, 4 Large reds.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HC

    Though sunny a very cool breeze ~11C as we saw 4 Large Red Damseflies take maiden flights at Woodwalton Fen.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Hampshire
    PDW

    I came across a teneral male Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) early afternoon between the River Blackwater and Little Testwood Lake at Testwood Lakes HWT. My earliest sighting of this species - the previous was at the same site on 24/4/2014.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Worcs.
    MTA

    Both Banded and Beautiful Demoiselle seen today along the River Stour near Kidderminster

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Somerset
    MAH

    Shapwick NNR 4 Hairy dragonflies and 20+ Variable damselflies.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    ARF

    1 Variable Damselfly seen at Orton Pit. I was looking for Large Red Damselfly but saw a 'blue' damselfly instead. Close inspection confirmed Variable damselfly - photo taken. This is my earliest record for this species.

  • 18th Apr 2017
    Devon
    PMV

    Only one Large Red Damselfly, Exminster Marshes, 5 hrs of looking. Near the Turf locks on a bramble hedge.

  • 18th Apr 2017
    Pembrokeshire
    AEC

    2 Broad-bodied Chasers emerged from garden pond in Cresselly, Pembs ,this morning 18April. Also, 5 Large Red Damselflies emerged and an additional 4 LRD exuviae were present. Weather was sunny from 9am to 1.30pm ,14'C and NE breeze bringing cloud and lower temperature later.

  • 18th Apr 2017
    Hampshire
    PR

    30+ teneral Common Blue damselflies rising from the shores of Long Lake, Bramshill Plantation today along with a count of 200+  Large Red throughout the reserve. Photos etc will appear on the blog imminently

  • 17th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    SMR

     Teneral Azure found at NWT Roydon Common

  • 17th Apr 2017
    Essex
    PJP

    Large Red Damsel on Hawthorn bush close to a pond near the Fishers Green area of Lea Valley Country Park, Essex.  8 Red Damsel empty nymph casings found around the pond too.

  • 16th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    An Azure Damselfly emerged from my pond in east Kent today.

  • 14th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A 3rd female Hairy Dragonfly emerged this morning after I went out for a family outing and a check of the pond later also produced 1 Variable Damselfly.

  • 14th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Sculthorpe Common, near Fakenham this afternoon under grey skies and cold wind I managed to locate a further six Large-red Damselflies around the pond, all with very limited colour and still with their exuvia, and very well hidden from the elements.

  • 13th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A 2nd female Hairy Dragonfly emerged from the pond after dark tonight. Photos on blog.

  • 11th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    After several recent visits, today I found the first female Large-red Damselfly leaving the Margins of the pond on Sculthorpe Common,( at least thats what I call it) near Fakenham, Norfolk.

  • 11th Apr 2017
    Gloucestershire
    RR

    First Downy Emerald of the year. A teneral which flew straight to the treetops.  RR

  • 11th Apr 2017
    London

    1 Large Red only today at London Wetland Centre in wildside. First record of the year and possibly earliest record. 

  • 11th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    DJM

    Immature Large Red Damselfly at Pigney's Wood, North Walsham.

  • 10th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A female Hairy Dragonfly emerged from my garden pond in east Kent after dark and  thankfully, I was able to sit and photograph the emergence which will appear on my blog. 2 Large Red Damselfly also emerged from the pond during the day.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Bedfordshire
    JC

    I watched the maiden flights of at least 11 Large Red Damselflies <em>(Pyrrhosoma nymphula)</em> at Duck End NR in Maulden, Bedfordshire, between 11:15 AM and 12:15 PM. It feels like an early season in many places.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Isle of Wight
    PH

    Large Red Dameslfly newly emerged from recorder's pond at Totland this afternoon. Photo of exuvia to be added to Facebook and Twitter. This is the first reported sighting in 2017 from the Isle of Wight and the earliest VC10 record for Pyrrhosoma nymphula since 2012.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Hampshire
    PR

    50+ Large Red at Bramshill Plantation in North Hants this afternoon to join the deluge of sightings expected this weekend. A couple of dozen rising from Long Lake towards the trees and another dozen around the smaller pond to the east. Some colouring up nicely. Photos as usual on the blog presently.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Lincolnshire/Yorkshire
    SRo

    A visit today to Thorne & Crowle Moors NNR in Linc's/York's saw decent numbers of Large-red Damselfly being recorded with 29 individuals seen on Thorne Moors and 54 being counted on Crowle Moor.My earliest personal records to date.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Radnorshire
    RCE

    9 April 2017 Large Red Damselfly taking maiden flight at 13:45. Exuvia at source. 20 degrees at noon but temperature dropped dramatically by 5 pm. Location: Bog Meadow pond, Upper Clyro, HR3 6JU

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    HC

    Warm and sunny at Titchwell and we saw a teneral Large Red Damselfly, a male just colouring, take what was probably its first or second flight.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    VC62 North-east Yorkshire
    MR

    Three Large Red Damselflies seen flying in the World's End area of Strensall Common just outside York today.  

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Essex
    IHD

     2 Large red Damselflies on Benfleet Downs, Essex today.

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PJR

    Very warm and sunny conditions on Crowle Moor Nature Reserve favoured the Large Red Damselflies today with 100+ on the wing, along the Reserve footpaths.

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    Large red damselfly (pyrrhosoma nymphula) seen emerging in the Woodland Gardens of Bushy Park. Closer inspection of the vegetation turned up a further 5 exuvia. Later spotted a couple of large red sunning themselves in a nearby tree

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Glamorgan
    DB

    Saturday 8th of April 2017 at Lavernock point nature resrve sssi a lone Large Red damselfly emerged at 9-30am to defy the sea mist that was fast disapeering with the rising sun . Later on in the day about 1pm 12 more took there maiden flights.

    Sunday 9th of April 2017 at Lavernock Point nature reserve sssi walked my normal transect 16 plus Large Red damselfies took to the air for there maiden flight mostly to the tree line a few going for open ground . Also came accross at least 30 along the tree line leading to the back of the reserve estimated 800 yard stretch

     

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Surrey
    PJP

    3 Large Red Damselflies seen at Thursley Common Lake, close to the Moat Car Park.  Also six empty nymph shell casings found on reeds around the lake's edge.

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A Broad bodied Chaser emerged this afternoon from my pond in a very warm east Kent. After a bit of a rush, I managed to get the camera ready and photographed the emergence which will be on my blog in due course.

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Worcs.
    MTA

    A bit later than some counties but still the earliest in Worcs for 11 years, The Large Red Damselfly emerging today at Monkwood NR

  • 7th Apr 2017
    Devon
    PMV

    Large unknown dragonfly flew along and across Sweetbrier lane, Exeter mid-dayish. Possibly from a warm garden pond, We were driving to Exminster marshes and then didn't see a single damsel or dragon all afternoon.

  • 7th Apr 2017
    Cornwall
    DW

    Vagrant Emporer at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on The Lizard, Cornwall. Did not settle but think it was a female...No blue. 

  • 7th Apr 2017
    Hampshire
    PR

    A dozen or so Large Red, males  & females,  rising from Broomy Pond in the New Forest this morning. Photos on Twitter, Facebook and eventually on the blog.

  • 7th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    2 Large Red Damselfly emerged from my pond in a warm east Kent today.

  • 6th Apr 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PJR

    2 Large red Damselflies seen an photographed on Crowle Moor Nature Reserve, Lincolnshire, one resting on Rushes and the other on dead Bracken.

  • 6th Apr 2017
    pembrokeshire
    AEC

    Cresselly Pembrokeshire 6th Apr. One Large Red Damselfly emerged from garden pond ,late afternoon(4pm).

  • 6th Apr 2017
    Dorset
    DJP

    A female Vagrant Emperor was seen at Suckthumb Quarry on Portland Bill at 13:00. It frequented a wet pool along one of the tracks for a few minutes before heading off south.

  • 6th Apr 2017
    Surrey (London)
    BB

    First Banded Demoiselle of the year seen this morning, a female in Morden Hall Park, South-west London (Surrey vice-county). I believe this location has hosted the first Banded Demoiselle record for the last 3 years, helped perhaps by the Sewage Treatment Works upstream warming the river water by several degrees. Photo on the 'UK Dragonflies and Damselflies' Facebook group.

  • 5th Apr 2017
    Berkshire
    MHT

    A quick look round a couple of ponds in Sonning late this afternoon was too late to find anything flying, but did produce a single Large Red Damselfly exuvia.

  • 4th Apr 2017
    Lancashire
    JB

    One Large Red Damselfy sighted today by Jim Beattie at Leighton Moss.

    I believe the previous county record was 13th April.

  • 4th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    TCN

    My first damsel of the season, a Large Red Damselfly at Sutton Fen today.

  • 4th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    PT

    First Large Red Damselfly of the year for Norfolk emerging in a pond to the south of Hickling Broad. April 4th is (I believe) the earliest ever date for Norfolk.

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