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.

Please note that if you want to submit your sighting as a record to the British Dragonfly Society Recording Scheme you will have to create a new record for each species seen on the online recording page of the BDS website. 'Latest Sightings' have for many years been part of the BDS website and are unmoderated, meaning that they are not checked for accuracy before appearing. Online recording is an independent system. Please enter your sightings in both places.

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  • 13th Mar 2019
    West Cornwall

    St Erth Church area. NW gale force wind, cold, hazy sunshine. Confirmed sighting 1 female Vagrant Emperor, good condition, no wing damage, flying well. Phone photos taken.

  • 11th Mar 2019
    Vagrant Emperor

    Probable Vagrant Emperor seen in garden in Budleigh Salterton Devon at 1pm today in the sunshine. Lots of midges flying too. March 11th

  • 8th Mar 2019
    Brown sturdy specimen on South coast

    8th March. Chunky brownish, wren sized dragonfly flitting around coastal area of Portchester, Hampshire. [Vagrant Emperor? - GHM]

  • 27th Feb 2019
    Vagrant Emperor in South Devon

    One flying around Soar Mill Cove this morning giving reasonable views.



  • 26th Feb 2019
    Probable Vagrant Emperor

    At Rascarrel Bay we watched a brownish hawker for 2 or 3 mins, catching insects above tidal pools. We were looking into the sun so could not get much detail. When we approached it soared up high into the sky and  disappeared into the west.

  • 26th Feb 2019
    Dragonfly sp

    Bowesfield NR  Stockton On Tees  11.30 260219 hovering 2m above ground, tan coloured dragonfly. Slight smaller than a darter. Couldn't get close to it. [Possibly another Vagrant Emperor - GHM]

  • 25th Feb 2019
    Green dragonfly seen on Polzeath Beach

    Sitting in the car at the roadside watching the surf and me and my dad spotted this dragonfly and watched it for some time - it was a light/bright green colour and around 3 inches long 

  • 25th Feb 2019
    Vagrant Emperor

    Vagrant Emperor sighted in a garden overlooking Plymouth Sound, South Devon PL9. 25/2/2019

  • 23rd Feb 2019
    Isle of Wight
    Vagrant Emperor, Ventnor Isle of Wight (VC10) 23rd February

    Vagrant Emperor in off the sea this afternoon along the revetment between Wheelers Bay and Bonchurch. Seen by Andy Butler and Dave Nordell who managed to get good views of it as close as 3m. as it flew around them and then carried on up the cliff face.

    After several possible and probable sightings in recent years, this is the third record for the Isle of Wight and the first since November 2011.


  • 21st Feb 2019
    Large dragonfly Cornwall

    I have just received a report from my old chum Charles Hill of a large dragonfly seen hawking by his wife Zoe. The insect was on the wing at Helford, Cornwall, whilst they were taking a holiday break in that part of the world. Zoe took the insect to be a Brown Hawker. Taking into account the fact that Zoe has a general interest in wildlife but is not a dragonfly specialist, together with the location of the sighting, plus the time of year, and the presence of a southerly airstream, there is a strong possibility that this was a Vagrant Emperor.

  • 19th Feb 2019
    Dragonfly species

    19/02/19 2:33pm

    sx237532 [near Looe, Cornwall]

    Unknown dragonfly species hawking on cliff vegetation behind looe beach before resting out of sight low down in dried grass. Smaller than a hawker and appeared a solid tan colour in hard light.  It was too fast moving and too well camoflaged to pick out of my wide angle snapshot. [Probably another Vagrant Emperor sighting - GHM]


  • 17th Feb 2019
    First (migrant) dragonflies of the year

    The recent mild weather has seen an arrival of migrant insects, including a female Vagrant Emperor photographed at Porthmeor, St. Ives  (Cornwall) on 17 February. A 'probable' Vagrant Emperor was also seen on Anglesey on 15 February.

  • 5th Feb 2019
    Black darter

    I tried to record this sighting on iRecord as requested as probably the latest in  the year, but it wouldn't record. I saw it on 26 September on Priddy Pond, Somerset.