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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  • 16th Jul 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    Migrant Hawkers

    First Migrant Hawkers we've seen this year, appearing this morning hunting over our garden in Whittlesey at 9:30am - 24degrees C.

  • 16th Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Sturminster Marshall Gravel Pit

    A freshly emerged Migrant Hawker is the 19th species of Odonata recorded at this site this year.  Other species seen today were Azure & Common Blue Damselflies, Blue-tailed Damselfly, both Red-eyed and Small Red-eyed Damselflies, 14+ Brown Hawkers, 12+ Emperor Dragonflies, a few Black-tailed Skimmers and a pair of Ruddy Darters copulating.

  • 16th Jul 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV
    Fen Drayton Norfolk Hawker

    Norfolk Hawker patrolling the ditch between Ferry and Swavesey Lagoons, towards northern end. First record for the reserve. Also Small Red-eyed Damselfly on Holywell Pond.

  • 15th Jul 2018
    SURREY
    GJH
    Chiddingfold, Surrey

    Many Small Red-eyed Damsels laying eggs on the small pond opposite Chiddingfold green, Surrey, at SU96047 35457

  • 15th Jul 2018
    Devon
    DS
    Cadover Bridge area, Dartmoor

    Four members joined Mary Lane (Sibelco clay company) on a beautiful sunny day. At the old Brisworthy settling pond we found a little water in the centre, complete with our first target: c25 Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies, including a mating pair, plus c50 Blue-tailed, lots of Keeled Skimmers (including one newly-emerged) and 2 Four-spotted Chasers. Mary had arranged for us to walk around non-operational parts of the adjacent Shaugh Moor clay quarry, the high point of which was finding a superb flush and runnel below one of the old mica dams. Here we discovered a new colony of Small Red Damselflies (c25) and saw Common Hawkers (male + female egg-laying) at close range. There was a good supporting cast of Beautiful Demoiselle, Large Red and Azure Damselflies, Golden-ringed Damselfly, Keeled Skimmer and Common Darter. After lunch, we looked at a leat and flushes near Blackaton Cross, finding c35 Scarce-blue-tailed Damselflies, lots of Common Blue Damselflies and Keeled Skimmers and several each of Emerald, Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies, Common Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser and Black Darter. Together with a Black-tailed Skimmer at one of the open settlement ponds earlier, we saw a very satisfying total of 15 species.

  • 15th Jul 2018
    Essex
    TPC
    Largest count of Southern Migrant Hawker, Canvey way.

    My largest count of SMH Aeshna affinis today from Canvey Way. Walked the entire length of the ditch to where the wall turns right and counted at least 85 males including 5 pairs ovipositing. Still good numbers of Scarce Emeralds and Ruddy Darter and one Black tailed Skimmer.

  • 15th Jul 2018
    Northamptonshire
    Titchmarsh NR

    A hot day at Titchmarsh NR revealed ~5 Emperor, ~8 Brown Hawker, one Southern Hawker, a male Scarce Chaser, >5 Ruddy Darter, >50 Banded Demoiselle, >100 Common Blue Damselflies, a few Red-Eyed Damselflies, a few Blue-tailed Damselflies, one male Azure Damselfly. Mostly lakeside and slow river habitat.

  • 14th Jul 2018
    Lincolnshire
    GH
    Lesser Emperor

    Just found a male Lesser Emperor buzzing around the eastern end of Coot Lake at Whisby Nature Reserve. Unfortunately far too fast and distant for my photographic skills but one of my volunteers is on site and will try this afternoon. Fourth record for the Reserve!

  • 14th Jul 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    cl
    Southern Emerald Damselfly

    No Southern Emerald Damselfly at the usual pond 1km east of Beaconsfield

  • 14th Jul 2018
    norfolk
    NB
    Red veined darter

    Just got back from Strumpshaw Fen ,there was a single Red veined darter on the woodland trail among the many Ruddy darters there.

  • 14th Jul 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Norfolk Hawkers in east Kent

    Grove Ferry early afternoon produced 27+ Norfolk Hawker, c10 Small Red eyed Damselfly, c10 Black tailed Skimmer, c10 Emperor Dragonfly, 3 Brown Hawker and good numbers of Blue tailed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly. Nearby at Nethergong, 4 Southern Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker and 4 Emerald Damselfly. 

  • 14th Jul 2018
    Berkshire
    IMW
    Beaconsfield - Southern Emerald damselfly

    Well in excess of 50 Southern Emerald damselfly around the pond at southern (M40) end of the track running south from recycling centre. Over a dozen pairs in tandem and many individuals in the brambles and grasses along the track.

  • 13th Jul 2018
    Dorset
    PW
    Black Winged Damselfly

    I have just seen a Black Winged Damselfly in my back garden in Sherborne, Dorset. It's wings moved more like a butterfly than a damselfly. I have never seen one before - are they rare? [Most probably a Beautiful Demoiselle - see our webpage at https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/beautiful-demoiselle - GHM]

  • 13th Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Longham Lakes

    Pair of Lesser Emperors with the female ovipositing in the SW corner of the South Lake.  Azure, Common Blue, Large Red-eyed & Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Brown Hawkers (5), Emperor Dragonflies (10+), Broad-bodied (1) and Four-spotted (1) Chasers and Black-tailed Skimmers also present.  NB: 18 species of Odonata recorded at this site so far this year.

  • 13th Jul 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    SFB
    Southern Emerald Damselfly in Bucks - RFI

    Is some further information on location of this site near Beaconsfield available as well as access details? Also is there any photographic confirmation of their ID?

  • 13th Jul 2018
    Devon
    DS
    Norfolk Hawker in Devon!

    Yesterday (12 July), Keith Richards photographed a male Norfolk Hawker along a ditch at Exminster Marshes (running E from the end of Milbury Lane, Exminster) - the first record for south-west England. I couldn't find it in the evening, but refound it this morning. After seeing what I presume was it along the ditch where it was found, I finally watched it patrolling the main drain that runs N-S at the end of this ditch, just to the N of the low 'bridge' over the drain. It perched frequently, once flying to try and mate with a female Emperor passing by! After less than 10 minutes it flew off towards the original ditch, but I was unable to relocate it. Also present in the area: 15+ Small Red-eyed Damselflies, including mating and tandem pairs (new species for the Marshes, although common on Exeter Canal nearby), 6 Scarce Chasers, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmers and Common Darter.

  • 13th Jul 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    South Hanningfield reservoir EWT reserve

    1m Emperor, 1m Brown Hawker, 4m +1f Black tailed Skimmers, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (visited pond briefly twice during the day), 1f Southern Hawker (ovipositing), 1m+1f Emerald, 4 Small Red Eye, 4 Blue tailed, 25+ Azure, 10+ Common Blue

  • 12th Jul 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    South Hanningfield reservoir EWT reserve

    1m Southern Migrant Hawker (my first sighting at this reserve), 2 Brown Hawkers, 1m Emperor, 2m Black tailed Skimmers, 1 Common blue

  • 12th Jul 2018
    Middlesex
    TJW
    Beautiful Demoiselle newly established Enfield colony

    We visited Maidens Bridge, Enfield today and counted at least 9 male Beautiful Demoiselle and 1 female on a walk along Turkey Brook, Forty Hall Park to the fishing lake. Also seen 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Emperor, 8 Azures & 4 Common Blue Damselfly. Earlier at Myddelton House pond, Enfield, we saw 3 Ruddy Darter, 10 Azure and 2 Common Blues. 

  • 12th Jul 2018
    Dorset
    GPG
    Canvey way Essex

    At least 25 Southern Migrant Hawkers along Canvey Way ditch this afternoon including 2 copulating pairs.  Excellent views and photographic opportunities - well worth the drive from Dorset.

  • 10th Jul 2018
    West Midlands
    GT
    Dragonfly behaviour

    I spotted a dragonfly flying up and down my back garden. I went out and sat down nearby and watched. He was brown, about70mm wingspan and catching tiny insects. Then he suddenly landed on my left ear, rested a few seconds then flew off.What the hell was that all about? It was weird but moving. [It was probably a Brown Hawker - see the BDS page at https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/brown-hawker - GHM]

  • 10th Jul 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    CL
    South Bucks 10th July

    single Southern Emerald Damselfly at the usual pond 1knm east of Beaconsfield

  • 10th Jul 2018
    Surrey
    SJD
    A brown hawker at last

    A quick lunch time visit to Esher Common, although quiet in terms of numbers, still produced common blue and azure damselflies, small red damselflies, black-tailed skimmer, four-spotted chaser, common darterruddy darter, downy emerald, emperor, southern hawker and a (first of the season for me) brown hawker. Most of these were on or close-to Black Pond and the smaller new pond; the heaths were very quiet and lacking in dragonflies.

  • 9th Jul 2018
    Northamptonshire
    SS
    Cotterstock Lock, Northants

    Monday 9th July 2018. Scarce Chaser 2 males, Black tailed Skimmer 1 male, Emperor Dragon 2, Brown Hawker 2, Red eyed Damselfly 1, Banded Demoiselle 50+, Common Blue Damsel 1, Emerald Damsel 1.

  • 8th Jul 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    CJH
    Southern Emerald Damselfly

    32 on small pond and adjacent scrubby footpath just off the A40 near the reclycing centre east of Beaconsfield.

  • 8th Jul 2018
    East Sussex
    KBG
    West Langney Lake, Eastbourne

    Up to 5 Lesser Emperors and a Red-veined Darter 

  • 8th Jul 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Langdon Hills

    Langdon Hills EWT Marks Hill & Willow Park: Common darter-many; Ruddy darter-many; Emperor- one female, several males.; Southern hawker-one at least.; Migrant hawker-one immature.; Southern migrant hawker- two males.; Brown hawker- two at least.; Black tailed skimmer-one.

  • 7th Jul 2018
    Cheshire
    MA
    Brown Hawker

    Found dead and missing its head this morning in Cheadle, Greater Manchester. Identified from images on these pages.

  • 7th Jul 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV
    Fen Drayton Lakes

    Good showing of Ruddy Darter (120+) and Brown Hawker (30), also 6 Scarce Chaser (past their best), Southern Hawker, Emperor, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter. Plenty of Common Blues (low thousands), Large and Small Red-eyeds, Blue-tailed, Emerald Damselflies and Banded Demoiselle.

  • 7th Jul 2018
    Norfolk
    PT
    Lessor Emperors and Willow Emeralds

    Following almost daily reports recently of either one or two Lessor Emperors at Filby Broad, I twice looked myself (5th and 7th July), but failed to find them. However, today I also stopped at Rollesby Broad car park and found one male Lessor Emperor over Ormesby Broad and three newly emerged Willow Emeralds on the strip of land between Ormesby and Rollesby Broads. Several more common species also present and recorded.

  • 6th Jul 2018
    Essex
    JFB
    Canvey way

    50+ Southern migrant hawkers along ditch opposite recycling centre, plus plenty of Scarce emerald damselflies.

  • 6th Jul 2018
    Kent
    JRM
    Norfolk Hawker dragonfly, Preston, Kent.

    f Norfolk Hawker dragonfly at preston garden centre today and yesterday 05/07/18, around mid afternoon.

    Also 1 m Emperor dragonfly, 1 m Southern hawker dragonfly, 5 Azure damselfly and 2 blue-tailed damselfly.

     

  • 6th Jul 2018
    Cheshire
    AG
    Scarce blue-tailed Damselflies in Cheshire

    At Mow Cop in SE Cheshire still 3m and a pair in cop of Scarce blue-tailed Damselflies.Also at this sensitive site:1 Emperor,1 Brown Hawker,1 Common Hawker,5 Broad-bodied Chasers,3m Emerald Damslflies,4 Large reds,20 Azure and 6 Blue-tailed Damselflies.Photos of the SBTD can be viewed on the Sandbach Flashes website (Latest photos-11th June)

  • 6th Jul 2018
    Devon
    PH
    Seaton Wetlands and River Axe

    Five or six Small red-eyed damselflies on floating vegetation around the boardwalk at Borrow Pit on Seaton Wetland. At the far end of the field by the R. Axe, to the south side of Whitford Road at Whitford - around a dozen White-legged damselflies, M F and Imm.

     

  • 6th Jul 2018
    Hampshire
    HJV
    Southampton Common Red-veined Darters

    Three males patrolling the model boating lake. Also Small Red-eyed Damselflies and good numbers of other species.

  • 5th Jul 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Langdon Hills

    Langdon Hills (Marks Hill & Willow Park): Emperor: At least four males. Southern hawker: two immatures/females. Southern migrant hawker: Four adults, all in Willow Park: male by pond in Rough Piece Field; also a mating pair here. Another male along the Chase. Common darter: many. Ruddy darter: at least one.

  • 5th Jul 2018
    Surrey
    MJ
    White-legged Damselfly

    Sighted on Epsom Common about 100mts from Great Stew pond flying & resting on gorse ID by Adrian Parr

  • 5th Jul 2018
    Herts
    TJW
    Tyttenhanger Small Red-Eyes

    On a late morning walk at Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits I was pleased to a large number Small Red-Eyed Damselfly alongside the causeway as well as several Emperor, Black-Tailed Skimmer, Ruddy Darter, Brown Hawker, Four-Spotted Chaser, Azure and Common Blue Damselfly. Along the River Colne it was good to see the return of the Emerald Damselfly as well as Banded Demoiselles, Blue Tails and Large Reds.

  • 5th Jul 2018
    Warwickshire
    PJR
    Lesser Emperor st Sutton Park

    A male Lesser Emperor Dragonfly was patrolling the shoreline of Powell's Pool, Sutton Park. It was by Graham Evans on nine occasions over a period of over 2 hours during the afternoon of 5th July. Graham said it was very difficult to photograph due to it's speed, however an image showing the important features can be seen on the Warwickshire Dragonfly Website.

  • 4th Jul 2018
    Essex
    JFB
    Hyde Hall.

    Plenty of Small Red-eyed eyed Damselflies on pond by the hill top cafe and easy to photograph.

  • 4th Jul 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Beeleigh Falls & river by golf club, Maldon, Essex

    2 Brown Hawkers, 4m + 3f Emperors (all females were ovipositing), 6m Black tailed Skimmers, 6 Common blue, 7m Emerald (in long grasses & nettles along river), 50+ Red eyed.

  • 3rd Jul 2018
    Bedfordshire
    REM
    Praenubila four-spotted chaser

    Amongst several four-spotted chasers, some ovip and some occasionally in cop, one praenubila - not seen here for ten years. Other species - emperor dragonfly, black-tailed skimmer, common darter (several emergent), ruddy darter, banded demoiselle, azure, common blue, blue-tailed, red-eyed and small red-eyed damselfly.

    Please note: Ledburn Pit is closed to the public at present. Tiddenfoot Waterside Parkon the other side of the road is open and has similar species, but not all of them.

  • 3rd Jul 2018
    Somerset
    DS
    Steart WWT

    Another round of surveys of freshwater parts of Steart WWT Reserve revealed a Small Red-eyed Damselfly and several each of Scarce Chaser and Ruddy Darter, all species not seen there before this year.

  • 3rd Jul 2018
    Swansea
    AS
    Crymlyn Bog

    Good day out at this site which is so close to Swansea but often overlooked. 50 + Variable Damselfly , 50 + Keeled Skimmer which seemed to be every where. Others in attendance were  , Golden Ringed ,  Southern Hawker , Black Tailed Skimmer ,  Common Blue , Azure , Large Red and Blue Tailed. Sadly no Scarce Blue Tailed to round the day off.

  • 3rd Jul 2018
    ESSEX
    DSG
    Essex Canvey island canvey way ditch

    july 3rd 12.30 -3.00 pm very hot but windy 

     

    up to 20 Southern migrant hawkers , all male except 2 females . Photographed male and female in Tandem . Large numbers of scarce emerald damselfly sticking  to the vegetation low down  in very windy conditions .  One speactacualr site was a male SMH attacking a pair of Ruddy Darter in Tandem and eating the male !  

  • 3rd Jul 2018
    Essex
    Canvey Way Ditch

    An attempt to count every insect along the ditch as far as the dog-leg. Southern Emerald (1m. Photo), Southern Migrant Hawker (11m, 2f, 1 teneral. Pair in cop), Scarce Emerald (51+. Underestimate), Ruddy Darter (128), Azure Damselfly (1), Blue-tailed Damselfly (3).

  • 3rd Jul 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Benfleet downs, Essex.

    3m +1f Emperor, 4m Black tailed Skimmers, 1 deceased f Black tailed Skimmer, 2m Broad bodied Chasers, 50+ Small Red Eyed (all over the large pond and nearby hedgerows) 4 Blue tailed, 

  • 3rd Jul 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Canvey Way ditch, Essex.

    7m + 1f SMH's on the wing, (incl 1pr in cop), 1 Southern Emerald (images taken & on Flickr seen by double clicking my initials), 100's Scarce Emerald (many in tandem and cop)

  • 2nd Jul 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Langdon Hills

    Langdon Hills: EWT Willow Park & Marks Hill: Emperor: At least six males; Southern migrant hawker: One male in Willow Park. Pond in the NE corner of Rough Piece Meadow.; Common darter: many, mostly immatures; Ruddy darter: many

  • 2nd Jul 2018
    Herts
    TJW
    Fir & Pond Wood Emeralds

    On a visit to Fir & Pond Wood today at the 'Secret Pond' it was great to see very many Emerald Damselflies and Azures. Also seen Broad Bodied Chasers, Emperors, Brown Hawkers and many Ruddy Darters.

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