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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  • 13th Nov 2018
    Hampshire
    TC
    Southern Hawker - Coltsfoot Pond, Hedge End

    One male photographed at 12.30 hours

  • 13th Nov 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    JNW
    Common Darter at Godmanchester

    In lovely mid-morning sunshine a tattered male Common Darter was perched on brambles at the entrance to BCN Wildlife Trust's Godmanchester NR.

  • 13th Nov 2018
    Hampshire
    SH
    Pitts Wood Inclosure, confused southern hawkers.

    Two male southern hawkers in Pitts Wood Inclosure (New Forest) today and I'm posting this because of the unusual activity. One individual though still able to fly was very weak, perched on some dead bracken. Another male grabbed it, clasped it by the neck and flew off in tandem for a few metres before dropping it. I asked Paul Winter (South Hampshire recorder) about this and apparently sex confusion isn't rare. All the same, a first for me. One female southern hawker and one over-mature female common darter in nearby Ashley Bottom.

  • 13th Nov 2018
    Carmarthenshire
    AW
    Common Darters

    Eight male Common Darters seen today in the Millennium Wetlands at WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre.

  • 12th Nov 2018
    Hampshire
    PDW
    Tucker's Bridge Pond 12.11.18

    There were two male Southern Hawkers and two male Common Darters at Tucker's Bridge Pond (New Forest) late morning. After another mild might it was 13C but a bit windy.

  • 8th Nov 2018
    Hampshire
    TC
    Southern Hawker & Common Darter

    One male of each species at Coltsfoot Pond, Hedge End

  • 5th Nov 2018
    Hampshire
    TC
    Southern Hawker

    Male still visiting Coltsfoot Pond, Hedge End

  • 4th Nov 2018
    Greater Manchester
    JWR
    Little Woolden Moss

    No less than 16 Common Darters on the wing today around Little Woodlen Moss.

  • 3rd Nov 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL
    RSPB Ouse Fen - Migrant Hawker

    Single female Migrant Hawker at the Needingworth section of the reserve. Surprising find as the temperature was approximately 15 degrees although sun was quite intense in short periods (mid afternoon).

  • 3rd Nov 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent

    An hours visit to Nethergong at midday in sunny but windy conditions produced 4 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 11 Common Darter and 1 unidentified large dragonfly ( probably Migrant Hawker). 

  • 2nd Nov 2018
    Essex
    JD
    Common darter

    A Common Darter seen at TL695222 (Felsted) this afternoon.  If only others would include grid references....

  • 1st Nov 2018
    Hampshire
    TC
    Southern Hawker ovipositing

    Firstly a male Southern Hawker appeared around Coltsfoot Pond, Hedge End at 12.45 hrs, followed soon after by a female ovipositing, on a newly created island that morning by local CV.

  • 31st Oct 2018
    Suffolk
    JW
    Common Darters

    2 Common Darters seen at Trimley Marshes, Suffolk Wildlife Trust site. Seen sunning themselves.

  • 26th Oct 2018
    Norfolk
    HJV
    Red-veined Darter, Norfolk

    One male at East Hills (Wells next the Sea) with Common Darters

  • 26th Oct 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    RHS Hyde Hall, Essex

    1 Willow Emerald (by bird hide), 2 Common Darters (by lake)

  • 24th Oct 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent

    A five hour session at Nethergong from 10am in improving sunny weather produced an excellent count of 73 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 68 Common Darter and 2 Migrant Hawker. 

  • 23rd Oct 2018
    Suffolk
    PF
    Vagrant Emperors Kessingland

    Male and female Vagrant Emperors seen again at Kessingland between 1 and 3 pm, basking in sunshine in marram grass. Male patrolling along sea wall where it buzzed another, flight strong despite wind. 4th day of  records along 2 miles of coast, suggesting a minor influx of ephippiger.

  • 22nd Oct 2018
    Suffolk
    RM
    Kessingland Suffolk

    A female Red-veined Darter was in the marram dunes just north of Kessingland beach this afternoon. Some observers saw one of the three Vagrant Emperors that have been in the area for three days now.

  • 22nd Oct 2018
    Cornwall
    KD
    Vagrant Emperor Cornwall

    At least 10 but more likely 20 vagrant emperors at Croft Pascoe Pool Goonhilly Down on the lizard in beautiful sunny weather on 22nd October 2018.  At least three pairs ovipositing.  There were around 15 observers present while I was there. 

  • 20th Oct 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent

    A visit to Nethergong from midday - 3pm in glorious sunshine produced an excellent count of 61 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 50 Common Darter and 3 Migrant Hawker. 

  • 16th Oct 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent

    A rare after work visit to Nethergong between 4-5pm in sunny conditions produced 10 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 34 Common Darter and 1 Migrant Hawker.

  • 16th Oct 2018
    SURREY
    SJD
    Migrant hawkers and common darters

    Migrant hawkers and common darters still on the wing in Bushy Park. Both seen in tandem and oviposting. In fact more common darters seen oviposting today than seen on any other day this season.

  • 14th Oct 2018
    Suffolk
    MM
    Willow Emerald Damselfly

    Plenty of these at RSPB Minsmere this weekend gone enjoying the very warm weather.

  • 13th Oct 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL
    RSPB Ouse Fen - Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters

    Sunny and breezy. 23 degrees C. Migrant Hawkers x7, Common Darters x11 (2 pairs laying eggs) recorded on a small area of the reserve (near to Cell 7)

  • 13th Oct 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent

    A very windy visit to Nethergong for a few hours in warm temperatures produced a creditable 31 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 100+ Common Darter and c15 Migrant Hawker.

  • 11th Oct 2018
    Kent
    JRM
    Migrant hawker and common darter. Kent

    2 m migrant hawkers and 4 common darters at Preston garden centre today.

  • 10th Oct 2018
    Lincolnshire
    JM
    Southern Hawker

    Male Southern Hawker at Kirkby Gravel Pits, Lincolnshire

  • 10th Oct 2018
    Isle of Wight
    PJH
    Southern Emerald Damselflies

    Just two Southern Emerald Damselfies,one male and one female,seen at their Yarmouth site on the Isle of Wight  on the 10th October.

  • 9th Oct 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    JNW
    Willow Emerald Damselflies at Godmanchester NR

    Two female Willow Emerald Damselflies were found perched in a Hawthorn shrub by the side of Cook's Stream, at Godmanchester NR this morning. TL25437180.

  • 9th Oct 2018
    South Wales, Llandeilo.
    JM
    Talley upper lake, Llandeilo.

    Two male Southern Hawkers, two Common Blue Damselflies, and numerous Common Darters seen today on this my first visit.

  • 8th Oct 2018
    Lincolnshire
    JM
    Willow Emeralds

    Four Willow Emerald Damselflies, two male, two female at Kirkby Gravel Pits, Lincolnshire

  • 8th Oct 2018
    Lincolnshire
    JM
    Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters

    Male and female Migrant Hawkers still about though numbers decreasing. Plenty of Common Darters male and female, some not yet mature.

  • 7th Oct 2018
    Somerset
    MH
    Vagrant Emperor

    Female Vagrant Emperor perched on area of bramble in sunshine near to the tower at Jacobs Ladder Cheddar Gorge

  • 6th Oct 2018
    Durham
    MC
    Migrant and Southern Hawkers at Rainton Meadows Durham

    Despite most of the small ponds drying out this year, the SSI "Joes Pond" at Rainton Meadows Nature reserve (DH4 6PU) still had Migrant and Southern Hawkers at the weekend (Oct 6th 2018) with Ruddy (and Common) darters only a few days before that.  

  • 5th Oct 2018
    Hampshire
    JL
    Vagrant Emperor - Southsea, Hants

    John Langmaid found a female Vagrant Emperor Anax Ephippiger in his Southsea moth trap on the morning of 5th October. This is the fifth record for VC11 - the previous being on 28.10.2017 also at the coast. The photograph is in iRecord. 

  • 4th Oct 2018
    Suffolk
    JPH
    More Willow Emeralds

    Numerous singles at Church Farm Marshes Wenhaston TM425745 and Castle Marshes North Cove nr. Beccles (no OS map) today - should have checked earlier in season! 

  • 4th Oct 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Phyllis Currie EWT reserve, Great Leighs, Essex. EWT reserve.

    Ruddy Darters counted 27 pr in tandem ovipositing on ponds plus many individuals sunning themselves. Willow Emerald still at least 10pr in tandem and ovipositing on both Bramble and Hawthorn with many singletons still flying about. 3 Migrant Hawkers on the wing.

  • 2nd Oct 2018
    Suffolk
    JPH
    Late Willow Emerald egglaying?

    Five pairs of willow emeralds ovipositing in alder saplings 2.10.18. on Blyth navigation Halesworth Suffolk.

  • 2nd Oct 2018
    Hampshire
    BR
    Banded demoiselle in Hampshire

    A single male banded demoiselle was spotted on a tributary of the River Itchen near New Alresford

  • 1st Oct 2018
    West Sussex
    APB
    Vagrant Emperor

    1 male photographed by my brother (Matthew Bowley) at his workplace in Lancing this afternoon, perched on one of the containers. 1 great photo obtained by him and id'd later as he has no knowledge of dragonflies but knew my peers & I did. Copy sent to county recorder

  • 30th Sep 2018
    Norfolk
    CJD
    Willow Emerald scars on lime

    At Fairhaven Gardens, South Walsham, I found Willow Emerald ovipositing scars on common lime Tilia x vulgaris. According to BDS's Adrian Parr, lime is another species that seems to be a new record for the UK. At the same place there were also scars on white dogwood Cornus alba, though not a first for the UK as I previously found scars on this species at Terrace Café, Broadland Business Park, Thorpe St Andrew, on 25 August 2018.

  • 29th Sep 2018
    SURREY
    SJD
    Migrants hawkers still on the wing

    In warm afternoon sunshine, migrant hawker, common darter and common blue damselfly still on the wing in Bushy and Home Parks. Both species of dragons seen in tandem and oviposting. 

  • 29th Sep 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Willow Emerald Damselfly in Kent

    A five hour session at Nethergong produced an excellent late September total of 75 WILLOW EMERALD DAMSELFLY. Also noted were c30 Migrant Hawker, c70 Common Darter and 1 Southern Hawker.

  • 27th Sep 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Blue House Farm EWT reserve, Nth Fambridge, Essex

    1 single male Willow Emerald (first sighting that I've had at this location) on Hawthorn bushes by bird feeders! Several Migrant hawkers and Ruddy Darters still about.

  • 27th Sep 2018
    EAST SUSSEX
    SMC
    RSPB Broadwater Warren, East Sussex

    Migrant Hawkers, Southern Hawkers, Common Darters, Ruddy Darter, Emerald Damselfly and 4 x Willow Emerald Damselfly including a pair in cop.

  • 27th Sep 2018
    Norfolk
    CJD
    Willow Emerald counts at NWT Thorpe Marshes

    We do our best to count the Willow Emeralds at Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Thorpe Marshes nature reserve on the eastern edge of Norwich. On 27 September I counted 24 on the reserve plus one just off, including several pairs. But I plainly missed many: on 26 September, 34 willow emeralds were counted here by Derek Longe in 4-hour survey, plus four just off the reserve.

  • 26th Sep 2018
    Isle of Wight
    PJH
    Southern Emeralds on the Isle of Wight.

    The Isle of Wight colony of Lestes barbarus is still on the wing.Yesterday four males and two females were recorded .Next week will see their fifth month since a first sighting on the 2nd June.Latest images at https://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/

  • 26th Sep 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Fingringhoe Wick EWT reserve, Colchester, Essex.

    3m Southern Hawkers, 10+ Migrant Hawkers, 10+ Ruddy Darters (two pair in tandem ovipositing)

  • 20th Sep 2018
    Suffolk
    JRM
    Willow emerald damselfly, Sudbury, Suffolk

     

    2 Willow emerald damselfly seen today along the river Stour, Sudbury by the mill hotel. Very surprised to find them in such cloudy and windy conditions. Also 4 Migrant hawker dragonflies seen over the wet grassland areas.

  • 20th Sep 2018
    Middlesex
    20th September 2018 - Willow Emerald - Middlesex

    First record of the species at Alexandra Park at the Conservation Pond. Found by Gerry Rawcliffe early afternoon this individual perched close to the fence on vegetation where photographed. Another probable seen a few hundred yards south flying into willow in bluster conditions.

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