This page contains Sightings sent to the BDS between January and June 2008. You can also go to the Sightings for July to December 2008.
|A dragonfly larva amongst a number collected from a very small tributary of the River Teifi (the Cwerchyr I think). The location was the little village of Maesllyn near Llandysul. I originally thought it could be a Hairy Dragonfly larva but after consulting my reference on Dragonflies (book by Brooks & Lewington) and looking at the labium I'm now fairly convinced its a Golden Ringed Dragonfly larva.|
|April 9th||ER||Isle of Wight|
|Not very exciting but in the absence of any other 'hot news' I had a report of one large red damselfly at Bouldnor Forest pond on 9 April 2008.|
|Just came across your hotnews page, and thought you might be interested in what seems a very early Large Red damselfly, we found it in our garden at Corfe Mullen, Dorset, SY984971, where we have a small pond, but we could find no signs of any exuvia on the plants in the pond.|
|Two teneral Large Red Damselflies seen and one photographed by BDS Member AG Butler at West Hay, Somerset.|
|Taking advantage of the first warm, sunny day this spring, a Broad-bodied Chaser emerged from my pond in Chudleigh. There have been well-grown larvae there since last August, so it’s no wonder this one was early, considering the cold spring so far. Another larva was at the surface nearby. There was also a Large Red Damselfly on the wing at Chudleigh Knighton.|
|1 teneral Large Red Damselfly enjoying the sunshine in Sonning (Berks) this lunchtime (22nd April). There were also about 10 exuviae round the pond.|
|One Teneral Large Red Damselfly at Ash Embankment, Aldershot mid afternoon on Sunday 20 Apr 08. Disturbed from Bramble whilst looking at Peacock Butterfly.
R J Seargent
|A follow up from Corfe Mullen, Dorset. We had four large red damselflies emerge from our very small pond very quickly this morning. SY 984971|
|Exminster Marshes, nr Exeter, Devon: We saw 1 Large Red Damselfly in the ditch near the RSPB carpark on
Thursday 24th April.
|The first Large Red Damselfly of the year for Norfolk emerged from my garden pond this morning. Must have heard about the launch of the new National Atlas project in London yesterday and emerged to be counted!|
|Two Large Red Damselflies (teneral) at Bystock Pools,
near Exmouth, Devon.
|We saw six Large Red Damselflies and one male Banded Demoiselle on Saturday 26th April at Lakeside NR near Ash, Surrey.|
|At Stover CP today, the BDS meeting found one Hairy Dragonfly exuvia and c25 Large Red Damselflies.|
|Large Reds emerging at Yardley Chase today.|
|One male Large Red Damselfly and a male Banded Demoiselle seen today.|
|I found two Large Red Damselflies at Marks Hall Estate nr Coggeshall, to kick off my season in Essex.|
|April 26th||RWe||E. Sussex|
|Large Red Damselfly at Pevensey Levels|
|I have just received a report from Chris E. of teneral Azure Damselfly near Towcester. This is a good two weeks earlier than normal, despite the cold spring.|
|Spotted my first damselflies for the year today. Dozens of tenerals found at Camley St Reserve at lunchtime.|
|3 teneral Large Red Damselflies, 2x females & a single male found this morning at Priory Water.|
|Beautiful demoiselle female flying about in Ipplepen South Devon|
|At least 10 newly emerged Large Red Damselflies at the RSPB heath pond at the Lodge. Watched for about 15 minutes as they lifted off in ones and twos from vegetation and drifted with the wind across over/onto the heath. 1 previously seen there on 28th April.|
|Visited Crockford Bridge in the New Forest today-numerous Large Red Damselfly's around. More interesting was the presence of 6 Broad-bodied Chasers, 4 on the Lower stream section and 2 on the Upper stream portion. All Female.|
|First odonata of the year found by myself near ponds at the River Ray restoration project in Swindon. Just one female forma fulvipes. Quite mature so probably emerged at the end of April.
Here's hoping for good weather at the launch of the Cotswold Water Park odonata Atlas project at Lower Moor Farm on Sunday!
|Found first exuvia of the season in my garden pond (Great Finborough) this evening. Although not expert in I.D. I am reasonably certain that it is a large red damselfly.|
|May 3rd||IR||N. Ireland|
|This afternoon (3rd May) I saw a Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) at Peatlands Park (H8961), and about 8 at Selshion Bog (H9854), both near Portadown, North Armagh, Northern Ireland.|
|19 Large-red Damselfly today at Kirkby Moor Linc's Wildlife Trust reserve.|
|First Large Red Damselflies of the season emerging from my garden pond in Dry Drayton, near Cambridge, today.|
|One Downy Emerald and two Large Red Damselflies at Shortheath Common in Hampshire in cloudy but warm conditions today.|
|I had an emergence of Large Red Damselfly from my Stevenage garden pond today, 5 teneral and another 6 exuvia.|
|First Common Blue Damselflies of year. One teneral female and one pre-flight emergent at Lower Moor Farm, Cotswold Water Park [found by Colin Twissell]. Also 10+ Large Red Damselflies. All seen during site walk after launch of CWP Atlas Project there. Successful launch with several people signing up to take on tetrads to survey. We were delighted that Kat Parkes came along and lent her support to the project.|
|At least 11 large red damsel flies at Decoy Heath BBOWT reserve, also 3 Beautiful Demoiselles at Woolhampton gravel pits.|
|1st Four-spotted Chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata, of the year at Southay Pond, close to Woolmer Forest. This is a new site (recovered from rhododendrons) and part of my survey ponds for the year.|
|Large red damselfly emerged today on edge of our garden pond. Looks like another is on its way.|
|Hairy Dragonfly exuviae found on Yellow Flag at Felmersham NR, Bedfordshire.|
|I saw my first Emperor Dragonfly today flying over fields on the Dorset side of the Avon Causeway. It moved overhead around 20 ft from ground level where I followed it's flight through binoculars until it was lost to view.|
|8 large red damselflies emerged from the garden pond. 2 others unsuccessful as the rains came in.|
|1 x immature Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) and 1 x Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) were seen along the Kennet and Avon Canal near Reading at about 12.15pm today. The site is not far from the "Cunning Man" pub, just E of Southcote Bridge at OS Ref SU683708.|
|At least 25 Blue-tailed Damselflies alongside Fishtail Lagoon, Keyhaven in the afternoon sunshine.|
|A visit to Ditchford this lunchtime was rewarded with a 'mass' synchronised emergence of Hairy Dragonflies. I recorded at least 12 at various stages including several adults taking their maiden flights to the tree tops. Also seen were this year's first teneral Common Blue Damselflies and a single Large Red.|
|Scattering of large red damselflies (more than 10 in total), incuding one "melanotum" female at Wicken Fen.|
|What a difference a couple of sunny days make! I revisited Lower Moor [Mallard Lake] and instead of the 11 Large Red and 2 Common Blue Damselflies on Sunday, I had 75+ and 500+ respectively! And this just in one corner of the lake...
Still no Anisoptera yet - I felt sure there would be a 4-spot Chaser or two.
|At Nursling Substation between 8 and 9 this morning, 1 Hairy Dragonfly and 2 immature male Beautiful Demoiselles.|
|Large red damselflies now appearing at all the main ponds at RSPB Sandy, at least 10 at "Jack's Pond" and a further dozen or so at the main heath pond. The latter included 2 tandem dipping pairs.|
|7 teneral Large Reds around ponds on Poulter Country Park... at long last!|
|A number of large red damselflies were seen (and photographed) along the bank of Beverley Brook in Richmond Park.|
|5th May: The Lodge, Sandy, Beds
1 Four-spotted Chaser (on bracken some distance from the nearest water) and several Large Red Damseflies
8th May: St Ives, Cambs
1 Hairy Dragonfly by the sailing pit east of the town.
|Thursley Common - Dozens of large red damselflies both on the wing and emerging. Also, 3 Four Spotted Chasers seen on the wing over the heather.|
|Hundreds of Azure Damselflies (mostly teneral) and Common Blue Damselfies at Clattinger Farm SSSI in the beautiful sunshine today, along with tens of Large Red Damseflies and a solitary Emerald Damselfly.|
|Many Large Red & Variable Damselflies on the wing at both Baston Fen & Thurlby Fen Slipe LWT Reserves.|
|On an evening walk around our local nature reserve, Hosehill Lake, we noticed 50+ teneral Common Blue Damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum). Most had gathered on the Butterfly Bank, the high ground on the southern side of Hosehill Lake - a sheltered, south-facing slope with mature woodland at its base. For anyone unfamiliar with the site, the OS reference for the Butterfly Bank is SU648694.|
|7th May, First of the season, 20 plus of the Large Red Damselfly observed on some of the Darcy Lever Gravel Pit Ponds.|
|Observed first of the year (so far) Common darter sunbathing on gravel path adjacent to lakes at Swanton Morley.|
|Two common blue damselflies and one four-spot chaser at the RSPB Lodge reserve.|
|May 8th||PA||E. Yorks.|
|8 Variable Damselfly and 35 Large Red Damselfly at Broomfleet Washlands. SE868282|
|I saw my first Scarce Chaser at 13.15 today in the garden which is by the River Stour in Christchurch. Also 1 or 2 Common Blue Damselflies and 3 pairs of Large Red Damselflies egg laying in the garden pond in tandem. Also 4 or 5 other Large Reds throughout the garden.|
|Wiltshire/Gloucestershire border: Blue-tailed damselflies at Swillbrook Lakes, Cotswold Water Park - just across the road from Lower Moor Farm, for which SC filed a report two days ago.|
|Single blue-tailed damselfly seen at Hampton Wick Pond, Home Park this morning. First blue damselfly I have seen this year.|
|Camley Street Reserve. During lunch, cloudy conditions. No Large Reds as seen last week. Only a single teneral Bluetail.|
|April 27th-May 10th||AN||Bucks|
|At last the season has started. The first Large Reds of the year, to date, were at Walton Lake 3 (Graeme Walker) on 27 April about a week later the usual, Azure 3 at Hanson ESC on 6 May, Banded Demoiselle at Newport Pagnell fishing pits on 4 May (Tony Frost), and today at last 10 May at HESC Blue-tailed 3, Red-eyed 2 imm, BBC 2, Hairy 10+, Azures and Large Reds (Graeme Walker).|
|Thursley, BBC 1 imm, 30-40 Large Reds emerging 11am from Moat pond many more exuvia and approx another 10 Large Reds on the common.|
|Minsmere to Dunwich Heath Minsmere 2 Large Red exuvia in old car park pond and 1 Large Red on Heath.|
|I had a rare chance to get out today and undertake some decent monitoring. All the following were on the wing today at Whisby Nature Reserve (8 miles SW of Lincoln): 3 Large Red Damselfly; 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly; 10+ Common Blue Damselfly; 1m 1f Azure Damselfly; 2 Four-spotted Chaser.|
|Three Red-eyed Damseflies were emerging from Exeter Canal this afternoon. A search of the ditch section where Scarce Chasers were seen last year revealed no exuviae (although I did find a Hairy Dragonfly exuvia); Large Reds were common and I also saw a Blue-tailed and probably Azure.|
|VC7: Swillbrook Lakes; 100's of Common and Azure Blue Damsels, most teneral but some semi mature. 50+ Large Red Damsels including ovipositing pairs. 10+ Blue-tailed Damsels, all mature! 8 - 10 Red-eyed Damselflies, very teneral.
Finally, using Steve Cham's new exuvia and larva guide I identified the exuvia I found there today as Downy Emerald; a confirmation of proof of breeding following Nick Adams record of a pre-flight emergent there a few years ago!
Damian Pinguay found a teneral Broad-bodied Chaser at Somerford Common.
|First Hairy Dragonflies of the year at Frampton, on the edge of the WWT Slimbridge NR.- 6 adults, including tenerals, probable first-flight emergent, and 2 patrolling males. WWT wardens first spotted 6 on the reserve 2 days ago, and another 3 today. Also present were about 60 Large Red damselflies including tandem pairs, about 15 Azure damselflies, a few male Common Blue damselflies, several Blue-tailed damselflies including immatures, an early female Beautiful Demoiselle, and a newly-emerged Broad-Bodied Chaser: a total of 7 species.|
|Today at Priory Water. 3 teneral Red-Eyed Damselflies & 2 teneral Four-spotted Chasers, plus good numbers of Variable Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly & Large Red Damselfly.|
|Perfect weather prompted a survey of two sites with my kids: At Wilson's Pits, Hairy Dragonfly were emerging along with Azure, Blue-tailed and Red-eyed Damselflies.
At Yardley Chase (now 26 degrees!), among hundreds of Large Reds including copulating and oviposting pairs, we found 6+ Four-spotted Chaser with their exuviae, 4 Hairy Dragonfly exuviae (the first found here) and the highlight - a Downy Emerald exuvia.
|A pair of Large Red Damselflies, in tandem and egg-laying in a small (less than 3 sq. metres) garden pond. Site: Maybourne Rise, Mayford, nr. WOKING. Also a separate single (m?/f?) teneral, with wing damage - bird beak-shaped v-notch from one wing but flying well! This site is c.500 metres from Prey Heath Common, a typical small parcel of wet / dry heathland - managed by Woking B.C.|
|What a difference a week makes. Last saturday I visited Wake valley pond, Epping forest, in search of Downy Emerald to no avail. Just a scattering of Large Red damselflies. This week I found in excess of 20 exuvia of the Downy Emerald with one newly emerged adult still clutching its exuvia. Surprisingly there were also 3 males on the wing holding territories. These have probably emerged a few days ago. The margins were also alive with dozens of Large Reds, a large percentage in tamdem & egg laying. Hairy Dragonfly exuvia was also found (11) & a couple of Blue tails & 3 Large Terrapins completed a good visit.
Went on to Cornmill Meadows, Waltam Abbey. Found extremely high counts of Azure & Blue Tailed Damselflies & lesser numbers of Large Reds. 12 Banded Demoiselles & 9 Hairy Dragonflies (7m & 2 f) on the wing completed a good day.
|First Banded Demoiselle of year; 2 males and 2 females, all teneral, by Bristol Avon at Christian Malford.|
|Haldon Butterfly walk: SY 870 847: 1xfemale broad bodied chaser; 3xlarge red damselflies.|
|One large red and one common blue emerged from my garden pond this am. Had one large red emerge yesterday which I managed to capture sequence images of.|
|Yesterday in Wolves Wood in Hadleigh we spotted two female Broad Bodied Chasers. Today in Bradfield Woods, we found a Four Spotted Chaser.|
|Garden ponds in Osbaston. P.nymphula since 1st May. Then on the 10th L. depressa exuvia and teneral C. puella.|
|Thorley Wash (Herts side): a single female Banded Demoiselle Damselfly along the Stort Navigation. This species was recorded in abundance on 3 May 2007 - so emergence is very late this year. Also several adult Large Red Damselfly and several teneral - also much later than last year. No other species yet observed.|
|7 species: Hairy Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Large Red, Red-eyed, Blue-tailed, Variable and Azure Damselfly. Variable was the most numerous with a couple of pairs ovipositing.
Similar on 11th at Fen Drayton, with two more species - large numbers of teneral Common Blue Damselflies and two Banded Demoseilles along the Ouse (including a maturing male). Good numbers of mature Variable with several ovipositing pairs. Two patrolling Hairy Dragonflies. No mature Red-eyed Damselflies seen.
|8 hairy dragonflies: 2 broad-bodied chasers: 2 four spotted chasers: 3 azure damselflies: several large red damselflies all on Walberswick marshes near Westwood Lodge.|
|The following species where recorded today at Messingham Sand Quarries LWTR: 49 Blue-tailed Damselfly; 33 Common-blue Damselfly; 14 Azure Damselfly; 24 Large-red Damselfly;
2 Four-spot Chaser; 1 Hairy Dragonfly.
|Just an up-date on our previous details of Large Red Damselflies, up to the 10th May, we have had a minimum of 43 emerge from our very small pond in Corfe Mullen.|
|Pair of common blues ovipositing in pond today. 4 more large reds emerged this am.|
|2 teneral Clubtails flushed from riverside vegetation & 1 further teneral seen and photographed just north of the railway bridge on the Thames path at Goring, also 2 Banded Demoiselle.|
|Beautiful Demoiselle - 1 male & 2 females just north of Shrawley Wood where a tributary feeds into the River Severn at SO 811666.|
|Little Bradley Ponds: 2x Downy Emerald, 2x Four Spotted Chaser, 1x Broad Bodied Chaser (female), 4x Beautiful Demoiselle, Blue tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly and Azure Damselfly
Haldon Forest: Large Red Damselflies and 2x female Broad Bodied Chasers
|The first Azure Damselfly of the year visited the garden this morning (Great Finborough) whilst Large Red Damselflies have been emerging all week and have now begun to oviposit.|
|Paxton Pits.Two newly emerged Hairy dragonflies today. Found their exuviae in the reeds. Also 2 very new Banded dems by the river. Only one large red, four Bluetails, two azure, 6 ovipositing Commons and hundreds of teneral damsels along the rides.|
|Whilst taking part in our local groups' annual bird race, a teneral Downy Emerald (Cordulia Aenea) was flushed from cover at Woolhampton Gravel Pits this morning. Good numbers of Beautiful Demoiselles and Azure damselflies were present at the same site, as well as a teneral Blue-Tailed Damselfly.
On the same day a teneral Banded Demoiselle and 3 Club-Tailed Dragonflies were found on the west side of the Thames towpath just north of Pangbourne.
|Newly created garden pond (less than a week old) when 4 red dragon fly [presumed Large Red Damselflies - Ed] were seen at lunchtime. A beautiful surprise! A pair were flying together and appeared to be mating.|
|Visited the river Chelmer/Blackwater at Langford, nr Maldon golf club this afternoon. Good activity with about 15 Hairy Dragonflies on the wing, including a pair in mating wheel which flew up high & landed in the canopy of an Oak tree.
Also good numbers of Large Reds, Blue tails, Azures a scattering of Common Blues. Also about 10 Red Eyed teneral damselflies made their first flights from the bankside nettle beds. One Four Spotted Chaser was found near the car park. No evidence of any Scarce Chasers yet.
|Today at Delph woods near Poole spotted 3 x Hairy Dragonflies, dozens of Four Spotted Chasers, Large Red Damsels, several Broad Bodied Chasers. At the weekend in the New Forest near to Tiptoe spotted lots of Four Spotted Chasers, Broad Bodied chasers both sexes, Azure Damsels, large Red Damsels and what appeared to be a Downy Emerald, although I didn't get close enough to tell for sure. Desperate to photograph a Hairy this year to complete my collection, but despite watching for hours they would not perch!! oh well patience required.|
|This warm weather certainly brings them out. Had three common blue pairs ovipositing in garden pond today along with a pair of large reds in a wheel and then ovipositing. Two surplus males and a damaged female (frogs I think) also present. Numerous large Aeshnae (mainly Aeshna cyanea)larva waiting in the wings, or more precisely around the lily leaves.|
|My first Blue-tailed Damselfly of the year, seen on the 8/5 on the garden pond.
A male Broad-bodied chaser came to the garden pond around 14.30, today 12/5.
|Lord's lot bog: 4 Broad bodied chaser, 3 Large red damselfly, 10+ Teneral Blue damselflies, c25 Green hairstreak.|
|Had my first Azure Damselfly visit my Stevenage garden pond, also 4 pairs of Large Red Damselfly in ovipositing, plus 5 singles.|
|At Thompson Common. c5 male Hairy Dragonfly + c10 Four-spotted Chaser. Two mature Blue-tailed Damselfly + many teneral Azure Damselfly. Yesterday 3 teneral Four-spotted Chasers at Sculthorpe Moor Hawk and Owl Trust reserve. On 10th inst 2 Broad-bodied Chasersat Guist. Has anyone seen Club-tails in West Sussex yet this year? Visit www.enterprise-io.co.uk|
|Lone male Broad-bodied Chaser on my pond in Ibberton, plus a few (Small/Large?) Red Damsels and Comon Blue Damsels.|
|An evening visit to Fen Drayton produced a teneral Scarce Chaser, together with Four-spotted Chaser, Hairy Dragonfly, Banded Demoiselle, Large Red, Red-eyed, Blue-tailed, Variable, Common Blue and Azure Damselfly|
|Wandlebury NR, TL 494533: Sunday 11th - one male Chaser, presumed Broad-bodied, but might have been Scarce, which are rapidly becoming much less so. Distance 10 m, so positive ID difficult. However, return visit on Tuesday 13th added female, which was more cooperative for photography, and definitely BB. Very rapid in-air cop (2 sec) followed by laying.|
|Now have a mating pair of Broad-Bodied Chasers. Female is actively laying.|
|Plungar Bridge, Grantham Canal: 6 Hairy Dragonfly exuviae found 100 metres east of Plungar Bridge. Collected 2 which were both male. No signs of any tenerals or adults.|
|1 Emperor exuvia found in Sonning today. Pond was only dug last spring, but I recorded Emperor there early last June. Also 1 Broad-Bodied Chaser flying around the pond.|
|May 12th||IR||N. Ireland|
|On 12th May I saw 3 more Odonata species for the first time this year. In the morning there were 2 Common Blue Damselflies at Tannaghmore Gardens near Lurgan, Co. Armagh, probably strays from nearby Craigavon Lakes where there were about a dozen (although I only covered a fairly small area as time was limited). In the afternoon, surprisingly, I did not see this species in the Navan Quarry/Loughnashade area of Armagh, but there were several Coenagrion spp. of which 1 was identified as a teneral male Variable Damselfly. Also seen was a male Hairy Dragonfly which is a new species for the site and brings the total to 13 species. Several Large Red Damselflies were also seen.|
|There was a lot of dragonfly activity around the small ponds at Shinfield Park in Reading (behind the old Shire Hall Building). In the space of just 20 minutes I saw 100+ Azures (Coenagrion Puella) including many ovipositing pairs) and 4 Large Red Damselflies (Pyrrhosoma Nymphula). Two Anisoptera were also present - a single Downy Emerald (Cordulia Aenea) was patrolling edge of a small reed bed and frequently settling on a tall, ornamental bamboo. This is apparently the first record for the species on this site.
There was also an immature Four-Spotted Chaser (Libellula Quadrimaculata), the first I've seen this year.
|Tues 13th May, saw Four spot chaser, several hundred Large Red damsels and 4 Azures @ Risley Moss Nature reserve Cheshire.
Today Ben McHale and I searched for Club Tailed Dragonflies at Farndon, Cheshire. We spotted 4 exuvia and one nymph that emerged later, which was a female.
|Beautiful Demoiselle (1 male and 1 female) seen today near Berkeley at ST 661 991.|
|Spotted a solitary blue tail and a pair of large reds around a water feature on the UEA campus today|
|The first Emperor Dragonfly emerged from my garden pond in Chudleigh overnight. At Little Bradley Ponds today there were 5 territorial Downy Emeralds, plus one making its maiden flight and 7 other exuviae. Also there, 3 Beautiful Demoiselles, 2 Broad-bodied Chasers and lots of Large Red, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies.|
|Croome Park Landscape Gardens: One female Broad-bodied Chaser and large numbers of Large Red Damselflies and Azure Damselflies.|
|1 Hairy Dragonfly in the borrow dyke between Leigh-on-Sea and Benfleet about 1km from the Leigh end.|
|1 x immature male Beautiful Demoiselle seen at Bentley Station Meadow: SU794429|
|Gomphus vulgatissimus 21 exuviae and 1 damaged teneral adult at Little Wittenham - mostly on north side of bend of river Thames below Days Lock.|
|May 14th||IR||N. Ireland|
|There were about 15 Blue-tailed Damselflies at one of the lakes at Carnagh Wood near Keady, Co. Armagh, today along with at least half a dozen Variable Damselflies and a male Hairy Dragonfly; the latter is I think new to the site. At nearby Straghans Lake, there were several Variable Damselflies and about a dozen Large Red Damselflies, but no Common Blue Damselflies were seen at either site.|
|My first Keeled Skimmer of the year with a teneral at Shatterford, NF.|
|15-20 emerging Large Red Damsels, some flying in bursts of sunshine .. Gordon Moss SWT reserve.|
|I visited three sites in Swinley Forest, south of Bracknell. At Mill Pond (Grid ref 888653), there were 4 mature Downy Emeralds holding territory over water, plus an immature in the Ride. Also singletons of 4-spotted Chaser and Common Blue Damselfly were observed. At the Embankment (Grid ref 889649), there were 7 male Four-spotted Chasers, plus an ovipositing female, and two immature Broad-bodied Chasers. At Bush Fields (Grid ref 887646), three male Broad-bodied Chasers were over water, a female was ovipositing, and two immatures were found amongst grassy habitat. A mature male Four-spotted Chaser was also present. Large Red Damsels were present at all three sites.|
|Lakenheath Fen RSPB - Many Large Reds, Azure & lesser numbers of Blue-tailed; plus at least 6 Four Spots & 5 Hairy.|
|14th: Lone Emperor Dragonfly (female?), teneral, but with 3 of 4 wings still badly crumpled at the end of the day.
15th: 11 further Emperors this morning. All appear female (but I'm no expert!). Yesterday's Emperor still in the same place with 3 crumpled wings.
16th: 1 further Emperor, on exuvia, this morning. Emperor with crumpled wings still there ...
|Neath-Porttalbot: Hairy dragonfly, female, Tennant canal bank, llandarcy, Neath.|
|Seen (and photographed!) at c.4.00 pm, a solitary male Broad-bodied Chaser, at eastern end of the (long) lake, within the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.|
|14th: Blue tailed damselfly Conwy RSPB, on dipping pool.
16th: 7 four-spotted chasers near Pensychnant, Conwy Mountain, and 2 large red damselflies.
|I explored the River Nene after work today (1700hrs, and 10 degrees) intending to collect Scarce Chaser exuviae for Dave Smallshire's DNA project, just as the day-long rainfall was finishing. I found about 20 emerging, including about 6 larvae perched on the phragmites and sedges sitting out the weather, presumably they chose the wrong day and the rain prevented delayed their emergence. The others were all safely out with inflated wings. Hopefully they will complete tomorrow although the weather forecast is for more of the same. I managed to get 2 exuviae, which are now drying out in my living room - I will return for the rest over the weekend.|
|A visit to the excellent Crowle/Thorne Moors NNR, got a large count of 656 Large-red Damselfly along with 50 Four-spot Chaser.|
|Frome water-meadows near Wool and East Burton. Several large red damsels many in tandem and a solitary female Hairy Dragonfly ovipositing in the ditches|
|May 16th/17th||IR||N. Ireland|
|During the last few days I have recorded 3 new Odonata species for the first time in 2008 in Northern Ireland;
(i) Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly: 2 immature males at Tonnagh Quarry near Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh, on 16th May.
(ii) Four-spotted Chaser: Very numerous at Montiaghs Moss NNR, Co. Antrim, on 18th May, including ovipositing females.
(iii) Azure Damselfly: There were quite a few Coenagrion sp. at the Lagan Canal at Broadwater near Aghalee, Co. Antrim, on 18th May; I suspect all were Coenagrion puella; 2 males and a female were identified.
I also saw a Hairy Dragonfly beside a wood west of Bunnahone Lake near Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh, on 16th May; on 17th May there were 2 mating pairs, a female and about 4-6 males at Montiaghs NNR, and 2 males in a field near Broadwater, both near Aghalee, Co. Antrim. The latter may be a new site.
|This afternoon I walked the River Gipping from Great Blakenham to Stowmarket. Banded Demoiselle were present along most of the river, being particularly abundant near Gt. Blakenham and in a sheltered sweep of the river near the Rare Breeds Farm at Baylham. Large Red Damselflies were also plentiful and I observed a couple of Blue-Tailed, one Common Blue and one Azure Damselfly. I also found my first Anisoptera of the season. Frustratingly most were too far away to ID with any certainty. One was probably a Hairy Dragonfly going by its jizz, but the highlight was 4 Broad Bodied Chasers (3F,1M) hunting in a sun trap near Needham Lake.|
|A visit to Messingham Sand Quarries LWTR and the river Eau at Susworth,produced the following sightings today.
Messingham Sand Quarries: 20 Common-blue Damselfly, 3 Four-spot Chaser, 268 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 7 Azure Damselfly, 4 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Teneral male Red-eyed Damselfly, 3 Large-red Damselfly.
The River Eau, usworth: 53 Variable Damselfly, 10 Four-spot Chaser, 2 Hairy Dragonfly, 7 Large-red Damselfly, 300 Blue-tailed Damselfly.
|Woodwalton Fen: Several Scarce Chasers and many Hairy Dragonflies plus a few Variable Damselflies in the sheltered areas.|
|This afternoon visited Roman River, Layer de La Haye. Found 15 teneral Beautiful Demoiselles together with a few Large Reds & a blue Tailed. Strangely no Banded Demoiselles were found on this stretch of river yet which it usually shares with the Beautiful, even though I have seen them on other rivers. Travelled on to a stretch of the river Colne nr Ford street. Plenty of Banded Demoiselles were found in abundance here together with good numbers of Large Reds & a few Blue Tails. The star of the day was a solitary teneral Scarce Chaser TL9327.|
|The sun shone (though temperatures remained down) for the BDS meeting to the Grand Western Canal this morning. We found 7 teneral Scarce Chasers, plus one dead one and only one exuvia - emergence was probably a few day's ago, before the weather broke; no emergence was evident today.|
|Observed 50+ Large Red and 40+ Azure Damsels on the wing and ovipositing on the Darcy Lever Gravel Pits, Bolton; also got four first of the season's exuviae of the 4-Spotted Chaser from two of our ponds.|
|Hanson ESC, early records of 2 Black-tailed skimmers (Graeme Walker). North Bucks has now 10 species on the wing, and again at HESC another good season for BBC's 10 individuals noted, and unusual for this site huge numbers of red-eyed damsels, but very few C Blues.|
|Rottingdean village pond. 5 or 6 male Broad bodied chasers fighting for territory. Uncountable blue tailed damselfly. 1 Common blue damselfly. Nice easy place to visit. Nice pub right next-door. :)|
|Single large red-eyed damselfly (male) seen and photographed at Hampton Wick Pond, Kingston. Also many blue-tailed damsels about, but still no dragons.|
|Neath Port Talbot: Several ischnura elegans , blue tailed damselflies, at Margam park.
Well over 1000 Variable damselflies, Coenagrion pulchellum. Around thirty Azure damselflies, Coenagrium puella. Two Bluetail damselflies, Ischnura elegans. Two large red damselflies, Pyrrhosoma nymphula. One male hairy dragonfly, Brachytron pratense. 6 B. pratense exuvia, one of which was positioned upside down on the stem. Overcast conditions. Tennant canal, Llandarcy.
|I saw a flying red bodied dragonfly, which I couldn't identify to species level, but which was most likely a Common Darter. Locaton: near the pool at Saul Lodge, Fretherne grid ref: SO744084|
|I saw a lovely four spotted chaser today at Fingeringhoe Wick nature reserve along with green hairstreak butterflies|
|Nine teneral Club-tailed Dragonfly seen today on banks of River Wye near Monmouth, also thirty plus Beautiful Demoiselle sharing same habitat.|
|One male large red damselfly, Bushy Park Heron pond, nothing on the Diana Fountain pond yet, and it looks like the pond weed has been removed from last year!|
|A visit to Squabmoor Reservoir was fairly successful even though the weather wasn't brilliant. We had 1 Downy Emerald, 4 Red-Eyed, 2 blue-tailed, Large Red and lots of Common Blue Damselflies.|
|May 21st||IR||N. Ireland|
|I saw my first Banded Damselfly of 2008 along the River Bann between Dynes Bridge (c. 3 miles south of Portadown) and White Bridge near Gilford, Co. Down, this afternoon, a mature male.
A couple of miles away at Brackagh Bog near Portadown, there were about 4 or 5 Hairy Dragonflies (most or all males), with 2 Blue-tailed Damselflies, about 8-10 Large Red Damselflies, 25-30 Four-spotted Chasers, and dozens of Coenagrion spp. of which 1 or 2 were identified as Azure Damselfly, though probably the majority were variable damselflies.
|I saw approximately a dozen or more Scarce Chasers in a field along the banks of the River Arun at Broadbridge Heath this morning. They weren't there yesterday. Also 100+ Banded Demoiselles and large numbers of Large Red Damselflies and a few Common Blue and Blue Tailed Damselflies.
I attach a link to a picture of one of the Scarce Chasers
|May 21st||MikeF||W. Sussex|
|Burton Mill Pond in one location on west side in the coppiced alder Scarce Chaser, dozens of Variable Damselflies, Red eyed damselfly, Blue tailed damselfly - 1 pair plus several individuals, and 3 or 4 Large red damselflies.|
|Saw 1 Hairy Dragonfly on the Alphin Brook (middle of the Marsh Barton Trading Estate, Exeter).|
|Meadowfield Nature Study Centre, Hockley. 1 male hairy dragonfly - first record for site.|
|First Large Red Damselflies adults seen this year around Grantown-on-Spey after a particularly cool and snowy spring.|
|Another visit to Messingham Sand Quarries LWTR produced some improved numbers on my last visit at the weekend. The following was recorded: 333 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 229 Common-blue Damselfly, 15 Red-eyed Damselfly, 5 Hairy Dragonfly, 109 Azure Damselfly, 13 Large-red Damselfly, 8 Four spot Chaser (including 1 cracking example of the form 'Praenubila').|
|I pictured several Large Red Damselflies in woodland by a small loch - they had a liking for resting on blades of grass near the water.|
|There were at least 4 club-tailed dragonflies and 10 banded demoiselles on the River Dee at Holt.
There were also at least 3 white-faced darters and 2 large red damselflies at Whixhall Moss.
|The River Ise produced its first teneral White-legged Damselflies today. Also seen were a male Hairy Dragonfly competing for territory with male Banded Demoiselles and oviposting Large Reds. Hairys are a rare sight on this river and this was a welcome sighting.|
|A lunchtime vist to Decoy Heath BBOWT reseve yielded the following: 50+ large Red Damselflies,many in tandem & ovipositing; 20+ Azure Damselflies; 10 Blue-tailed Damselflies; 3 immature Common Blue Damselflies; 24+ Four spot Chasers; 4 Broad-bodied Chasers; 2 Downy Emeralds. Finally a first for me at this site 1 White-legged Damselfly an immature female of the form Lactea. Not bad for a 1 hour visit.|
|10-15 Blue Tailed Damsels, 1-2 fully mature, mostly emerging. 10+ Large Red in full colours, chasing micro moths in the shelter of hawthorn. All at Oldcastles nr Chirnside .. railway pond.|
|Numerous Azure, Common Blue and Blue Tailed along with large Reds, all singly and in tandem, within the surrounding area of a small woodland pool. Estimated 25 ovipositing pairs of Azure, 15 of Common Blue, 10 of Blue Tailed, and 15 large Reds. Estimated Total of all species would be in region of 150 - 160. Pond size no greater than 50 metres square, quite surprising. First sighting, for me anyway, of a hairy dragonfly; (Brachytron pratense).|
|4 adult White-faced Darters and 8 exuvia collected. Whixall Moss SJ 49, 36|
|Early evening visit to river Chelmer, Maldon Golf Club, Langford yielded very high numbers of immature White Legged Damselflies which had emerged over the past few days. Still no signs of Scarce Chaser here yet.|
|7+ Downy Emeralds on the woodland rides by the heathland area. Broad-bodied Chaser and 4-spot Chaser on the heathland pond. Also Large Red and Azure Damsels.|
|Blue Tailed Damsels emerging this afternoon from my small garden pond in Bispham, Blackpool. The first time this has occured, despite the presence of several large fish (orfe and goldfish) in the pond.|
|Bystock Nature Reserve, near Exmouth - 1 very fresh Keeled Skimmer, 1 female Hairy (ovipositing), 1 male Hairy, 3 Downy Emerald (plus 1 exuvia), 1 male Broad Bodied Chaser, Large Red, Blue-Tailed and Azure were also present. Four-Spotted Chasers had been seen earlier in the day.|
|This afternoon I saw the first dragonfly of the year in my garden - a teneral scarce chaser. These dragonflies have appeared in the garden in late spring for the past two years since we constructed a pond.|
|River Colne, Cymbeline Meadows, Colchester. An early teneral Black tailed Skimmer made an appearance here amongst the huge numbers of Banded Demoiselles.
River Colne, West Bergholt. 30 plus immature Scarce Chasers were sunning themselves along sunny side of hedge/nettles about 25 metres from river bank.
Tributary to River Colne (flowing over a gravel/stony bed) towards Hillhouse Wood, 10 Beautiful Demoiselles observed. Only second site for Essex, discovered in 2006. TL9427
River Stour, Nayland, nr Anchor Inn, Heritage Farm. Large counts of immature White Legged Damselflies along this stretch.50 plus Scarce Chasers found in an sheltered sunny spot, out of the strong wind, in nettle beds/hedge by the Lock Pond.
|Large red damselfly and Azure damselfly on private pond in Blean. Large reds mating.|
|6+ imm male Scarce Chaser, large numbers of White Legged Damselflies and Banded Demoiselle, and one or two Common Blue Damselflies at Houghton Mill.|
|4 empty cases on Iris leaves in my pond. Never saw them emerge, but for the past 2 years we have had visits from brown hawkers and common hawkers.
25th May. One more "shell" on a reed. Slightly larger than the others.
|May 25th||THa||W. Sussex|
|River Arun where the A272 bridges it near Billingshurst. Healthy numbers of Azure and Large Red damsels. Also both Banded and Beautiful demoiselles in good numbers. Unidentified skimmer/chaser, immature orange, flying across and into the tree tops. Just one male blue-tailed damsel.|
|Thursley Nature Reserve: Lots of Four Spotted Chasers on the main pond and all along the boardwalks. At least 2 Downy Emeralds at the main pond and plenty of damsels.|
|Lower Bruckland Ponds mid to late afternoon: 2 Scarce Chaser, 10+ immature Black-tailed Skimmers, 2 immature Common Darters. In previous days up to 6 Red-eyed Damselflies and 5 Four-spot Chasers here.|
|6-12 Azure Damsels, following the emergence of Blue Tailed and Large Red, awaiting Common Blue emergence in usual sequence .... strong NNE wind is hindering things a little. Oldcastles nr Chirnside, railway pond.|
|A single Scarce Chaser was on the Conigre Mead nature reserve in Melksham today|
|Lakenheath RSPB (Hockwold Fen) Nature Reserve: Hairy dragonfly - 4 males and one newly emerged female still hardening wings. Four-spotted Chaser - at least 10 seen. Common darter - a single male was unexpectedly early. Azure Damselfly - 20+. Large Red Damselfly - 5+. Blue-tailed Damselfly - 2.|
|Delayed posting of a report I received via Les Stride, made by Julie Thomas on 14th May. She and friends recorded 20+ teneral Scarce Chasers around the feeder ponds for the Caen Hill flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Devizes. This is a totally new location well away from the original population on the Bristol Avon.|
|Broad Bellied libellula, seen at Rosemoor garden|
|May 22nd/26th||IR||N. Ireland|
|22nd May: Brackagh Bog NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh (J0251): Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula (1); Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans (1); Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella (several); Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum (several).
26th May : Milford Ulster Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve near Armagh (H859428): a male blue damselfly was seen but not identified, but probably an Azure or Variable, most likely the former. The only damselfly seen on the site previously is the Large Red. A pond has been created in recent weeks by the Ulster Wildlife Trust and it will be interesting to see what if any Odonata species colonise it. Lough Keelan near Downpatrick, Co. Down (J564453): Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense (2-3, with 1 of each sex identified; 1 of the males was filmed at rest eating an unidentified damselfly, possibly Enallagma cyathigerum); Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans (1); Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella (at least 1); Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum (c. 15; Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum (c. 15). Ballykilbeg Fen near Downpatrick, Co. Down (J4440): Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense (1). Has been seen several times before at this site (in at least 1 case several were seen) although there is little open water in summer apart from a boundary ditch.
|19th May: Twyning, near Tewkesbury, along the R. Avon - 26 Banded Demoiselles, with an occasional Azure Damselfly.
20th May: The Mythe, Tewkesbury - 12 Common Clubtails and 12 Scarce Chasers - all newly-emerged, as well as 200+ Azures, 200+ Blue-tailed, 100+ Red-eyed, 10 Beautiful and 9 Banded Demoiselles and 5 teneral White-legged damselflies. Clubtailed and Scarce Chasers have never been seen in these numbers here before.
21st May: Whelford Pools NR, CWP - about 10 Downy Emeralds and 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, along with hundreds of teneral damselflies.
22nd May: Twyning - 11 freshly emerged Scarce Chasers, and 1 Common Clubtail, which we have never seen at this site before.
22nd May: WWT Slimbridge - a single newly emerged Scarce Chaser - a new location.
24th May: Twyning - 10 newly emerged Scarce Chasers and 2 newly emerged Common Clubtails. Also found were exuviae of these 2 species.
Also lots of damselflies present - various species - on these 2 visits.
|One male Banded Demoiselle on the Stroom Dyke, Langar. Historically,this has been a good site for Banded Demoiselles but was heavily dredged over the winter. Hopefully more will emerge.|
|May 29th||SMi||W. Sussex|
|A walk in the rain near the river Arun at Broadbridge Heath produced 50+ Banded Demoiselles and 10 Large Red Damselflies amongst the vegetation. One male Scarce Chaser in the buttercups. Made me smile on a grey day. Pictures at: Scarce Chaser
|Grantham Canal,Plungar to Barkestone le Vale: 3 male Hairy Dragonflies, 2 Four-spotted Chasers and large numbers of Azure and Variable Damselflies. Many pairs of damselflies were in tandem and "in cop".|
|21st: One male Downy Emerald Dragon at it's only (?) site in Norfolk.
29th: Delighted to report the finding of Hairy Dragon at the Hawk and Owl reserve at Sculthorpe Moor - a new species for the site. Also today, three teneral Black-tailed Skimmer and several Broad-bodied Chaser. Given the concern over the poor numbers of this species recorded last year, this is particularly encouraging. Three Red-eyed Damsels and a single male Banded Demoiselle added to the excitement. Nine spp in all. See www.enterprise-io.co.uk.
|A trip out to look for my first Black-tailed Skimmers of the year at Rosper-road Pools LWTR,resulted in me finding 5 teneral males and 1 adult female, other species recorded were 292 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 5 Azure Damselfly and 3 Common-blue Damselfly.|
|A break in the weather caused a flourish of activity at Ditchford this lunchtime: Many male Hairys at territory hunting for females and two lucky ones who found them; hundreds of emerging Red-eyed Damselflies and a few Four-spotted Chaser. Along with Azures, Blue-tail and Common Blue Damselelfies and a single Banded Demoiselle from the nearby River Nene.|
|At least 10 Hairy Dragonfly seen today at Newport Wetlands, also first immature Black-tailed Skimmer on the wing.|
|River Perry, Rednal, Oswestry: 15+ Banded demoiselle, 5 Azure damsels and 1 large red damsel along the river.|
|First emergence of common blue damselflies at Conwy RSPB plus several blue tailed damselflies. A chaser reported, likely to be broad bodied.|
|Wick Moor: A single male broad bodied chaser plus 10+ azure damsels in flight this afternoon|
|May 31st||THa||W. Sussex|
|River Arun where the A272 bridges it nr Billingshurst. Uncountable Azure damsels many mating. 30+ Large Red. Uncountable Banded demoiselles. 20+ Beautiful demoiselles. 2 Hairy hawkers. 2 Scarce chasers, 1 male 1 female.|
|Estimated 28 four-spotted chasers, 15 common blue, 10 large red and 7 blue tailed damselflies plus 2 male broad bodied chasers on three ponds on Conwy Mountain.|
|At Yardley Chase we saw 6+ Downy Emeralds, mostly males clashing with Hairy Dragonflies over their shared territories, and one female Downy ovipositing. We also located 5 Downy exuviae. The County's first Emperors had emerged and we located a couple of exuviae along with three still emerging Southern Hawker! This last sighting is the most significant as Southern Hawker have never before been recorded in May in Northants.|
|At my Dragonfly local patch in Weymouth there were several Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies including a couple of aurantiaca phase females. Also Red-eyed Damselflies seen. A total of 10 species have been recorded from the site so far this year.|
|May 31st||GPo||Tyne & Wear|
|Single male Broad bodied chaser today at Clara Vale LNR, Gateshead. Also blue-tailed (incl. form rufescens), large red and azure damselflies.|
|Along River Great Ouse, from end of Ford Lane, Roxton, south to point where Ivel joins Ouse: c250 Banded Demoiselles; 20 Scarce Chasers (one male showing some pruinescence; all others orange); 5 Hairy Dragonflies; 5 White-legged Damselflies (freshly-emerged); 4 Red-eyed Damselflies; plus Common Blue, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies. Photos at http://bogbumper.blogspot.com|
|Norfolk Hawker 1 teneral male (the second I have seen this year, the first being on 24th May at Waveney Forest, Fritton), Scarce Chaser 15+, Banded Demoiselle 1 male. Also small numbers of Variable, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies.|
|May 31st||SMi||W. Sussex|
|A walk across the two fields by the River Arun, Broadbridge Heath, produced good results this afternoon. The White Legged Damselflies have emerged, with 50+ being seen. There were 200+ Banded Demoiselles and we saw two pairs in cop. Roughly 20 Large Red, again with a few in cop, 5 Blue Tailed and 2 Azure Damselflies were present and we saw 8 Scarce Chasers.
Here is picture of one of the White Legged Damselflies, you can tell she is immature because she is picking her nose. White-legged Damselfly
|Stodmarsh NNR: A brief search produced 20+ Variable Damselflies in ditch-side vegetation. A probable Hairy Dragonfly also shot through.|
|1 male broad bodied chaser flying from perch near garden pond in Southampton; also 2 pairs large red damselflies ovipositing & 1 common blue damselfly resting|
|One teneral Keeled Skimmer at Buxton Heath. Yesterday three Scarce Emerald Damsels at Thompson Common. Also a myriad of Azure Damsels. Visit enterprise-io.co.uk.|
|Numerous (30) blue tailed damsels sheltering in tall grasses along side a pond today. Including 6 of the colourful form "rufescens". Also (20+) mix of Common Blue, Azure and Variable spread throughout the area. 2 banded damsel in the river riparian zone near the site.
I went back to get pictures of the "Rufescens" variant observed earlier and discovered 4 Red eyed damsels which when I checked with my key found to be small Red eyed damsels. Peculiar habit of dropping further into foliage when approached. Assumed to be recently hatched as not flying over water surface as so often cited that they do.
|Female broad bodied Chaser spotted at Steart Point Bridgwater Bay and photograph taken.|
|A freshly emerged male Broad-bodied Chaser was observed near a pond in the Wark Forest, Northumberland by Duncan Hutt an official of The Northumberland Wildlife Trust. This specimen was photographed and viewed by both myself and Dave Clark. A photograph of a nymph in the same pond has also been identified as belonging to this species. Although there are several sightings of mature specimens of this species in both South Northuberland VC67 and Co,Durham V.C.66, this is the first time this species has been proven to have been breeding in either county.|
|Broad bodied chaser female, at Great Givendale. GR SE822535|
|29th: Margam Park, Port Talbot. Two male broad bodied chasers, 1 female. 2 male beautiful demoiselles. 7 or 8 large red damselflies. 2 female hairy dragonflies (egg laying observed). 20 + blue tailed damselflies. 15 + azure damselflies.
29th: Tennant canal, Llandarcy, Neath. 500 + variable damselflies. 3 large red damselflies. 30 + azure damselflies. 20 + blue tailed damselflies. 2 hairy dragonfly exuvia found.
31st: Park Slip, Bridgend. 1 female beautiful demoiselle. 1 pair of azure damselflies in tandem.
|May 31st/June 1st||TC||Essex|
|May 31st: Hadleigh Castle Marshes Country park. Found good numbers of Scarce Emerald Damselflies today 30+. Also 3 Emperor dragonflies on the wing & 2 fully coloured up male Broad Bodied Chasers. Good numbers of Azure & Blue tails with a scattering of Large Reds.
1st June, Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall, Essex.
Main drive pond had 35 Emperor exuviae & 15 Four Spotted Chaser including one which hadn't emerged at 2.30pm. Went back an hour later & watched it pull itself from upside down to upright. Had to leave it at 4.00pm, still had a way to go pumpimg its wings fully. Plenty of Azures, Blue tails & Large Reds.
|I saw my first Southern Damselflies of the year on a visit to Burley in the New Forest, around 6 were seen. Also seen were 6 Broad-bodied Chasers, 40+ Beautiful Demoiselles,3 Azure Damselflies, 20+ Large Red Damselflies.|
|June 1st/2nd||IR||N. Ireland|
|Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly: About 3 mating pairs, 1 or 2 female (aurantiaca) and about 6 males, varying from teneral to fairly mature, in pools at Tonnagh Quarry near Derrygonnelly. Blue-tailed Damselfly: 1 at Tonnagh Quarry near Derrygonnelly. Common Blue Damselfly: 1 female on roadside at Kinarla near Enniskillen. 2 or 3 males at Meenameen Lough in Lough Navar Forest. Large Red Damselfly: 2 or 3 at Callow near Derrygonnelly. 1 at Tonnagh Quarry near Derrygonnelly. Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly: 1 or 2 at Callow near Derrygonnelly. 8-10 including mating pairs and ovipositing female(s) at Tonnagh Quarry near Derrygonnelly. Perhaps surprisingly, no Hairy Dragonflies were seen.
On 2nd June I visited Drumnahavil Bog (briefly) near Keady in Co. Armagh and also Navan Quarry near Armagh and made the following observations: Irish Damselfly: c. 20 males and 2-3 mating pairs seen. Blue-tailed Damselfly: c. 4 at Navan Quarry. Azure Damselfly: 1 male at Navan Quarry. Variable Damselfly: A few noted at Drumnahavil Bog and Navan Quarry. Large Red Damselfly: 1 on Co. Armagh side and 1 on Co. Monaghan side of Drumnhavil Bog, and 2 at Navan Quarry. Four-spot Chaser dragonfly: Several at Drumnahavil Bog and Navan Quarry. Hairy Dragonfly: 1 male at Navan Quarry; I saw 1 a few hundred yards some days ago.
|Neath canal, Melincryddan. 150-200 blue tail damselflies (many pairs in cop). 100+ azure damselflies. 50+ variable damselflies. 10+ large red damselflies. 15+ hairy dragonflies, all males.|
|There was an immature male Red-veined Darter at Cherque Farm Lake (Lee-on-Solent) late morning. Red-veined Darters were seen up to early November 2007 at the site.|
|Beautiful Demoiselles still in good numbers on the R. Biss south of Trowbridge where they were discovered two years ago. Teneral male Black-tailed Skimmer [first of year in Wilts for me] at the Semington Bypass balancing ponds. No Scarce Chasers evident there yet though. Maybe they breed elsewhere and use the ponds for feeding only.
Also photos of an emerging female Emperor sent to me taken at the recorder, Maggie Worthington's, pond at the weekend. The first reported this year for Wilts.
|Spotted on vegetation alongside River Elwy in St Asaph, 3 male black/electric blue Beautiful Demoiselles.|
|Margam park, Port Talbot. 30-40 azure damselflies, many in cop. 10-12 blue tailed damselflies. One hairy dragonfly male. 10 or more broad bodied chasers male. Two pairs of broad bodied chasers in cop.|
|Late morning on 4th June in the reeds in my pond I saw an emperor emerging and taking its first flight. We have a dozen large exuviae attached to the vegetation in our pond. A teneral scarce chaser was also seen on 4th as well as many assorted damselflies. Today - 5th June a male broad bodied chaser was seen briefly visiting the pond.|
|Darcy Lever Gravel Pits Bolton, Visiting the Gravel Pits 4th June many Azure and Large Red Damsels were Ovipositing, also observed on the wing were Female Broad-bodied Chasers and Four-spotted Chasers, highlight of the day was when I collected the first of the seasons Exuviae of the Emperor Dragonfly from one of the ponds a beautiful specimen at 56mm long. Steve Cham's Field Guide is an excellent identification tool building up my collection of exuviae and observation records.|
|Seen at Boscathnoe Reservoir, near Penzance.
1 June: 1 male Emperor, numerous Azure Damsels, few Blue-tailed Damsels.
3 June: 4-Spot Chaser, Emperor, briefly. Damsels as before.
5 June: Black-tailed Skimmer, male and female in tandem, female ovipositing. Damsels as before.
|June 5th||RL||W. Sussex|
|Visited the Black Hole, Burton Mill Pond, West Sussex today at least 10 Scarce Chasers present. There was also a several four-spotted Chasers and a Hairy Dragonfly present along with numerous Damselflies. Went to near by pond on Lords Piece 5* Downy Emeralds, 2 Four Spotted Chasers, 7* Broad-bodied Chasers along with a lone Emperor Dragonfly. Also present were numerous Damselflies.|
|Female 4-spotted Chaser ovipositing in one of the ponds at the recently created Lawsons Wetland in Blackpool.|
|Just outside Odiham and near the Basinstoke Canal I saw several White Legged Damselflies.I think that they are new to the area.|
|June 6th||RA||W. Sussex|
|Beautiful Demoiselle on small stream flowing through new Barratt Housing development at Maidenbower, Crawley. Seen a few in other locations on the network of streams around Maidenbower but first in this area. Special for me as it was right outside my front door!|
|Female anax imperator observed today near Blickling lake. flying between the showers. Also anax imperator exuviae (2) found in reeds.|
|Five newly emerged Scarce Chasers on the west bank of River Axe just south of A3052 along with large numbers of White-legged Damselflies. A further two immature Scarce Chasers at nearby Lower Bruckland Ponds.|
|Fowlmere Nature Reserve: Hairy dragonfly ovipositing. Emperor first date.|
|A visit to the Bowland Bridge area produced a first for myself today. 3 Downy Emeralds were continuously circling a small body of water. Also seen was 1 male Beautiful Demoiselle, a dozen or so Four-spotted Chasers and countless Large Red, Common Blue and Azure damselflies.|
|Two immature male Red-veined Darters at Lower Bruckland Ponds.|
|7th: One hawker seen in flight in Savernake Forest. Apple-green thorax. Presumed immature Emperor. The forest has ten ponds: Broad-bodied Chasers observed at all ten - large numbers on several of them. Also large numbers of Azure Damselflies, some Large Reds and a few Four-spotted Chasers.
8th: Mature male Emperor in Savernake Forest.
|At the Wyre Forest the following species where observed: 11 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Azure Damselfly, 5 Large-red Damselfly, 16 Beautiful Demoiselle and 2 Emperor. At Alvely, on the river Severn, large numbers of White-legged Damselfly with at least 350+ being seen, other species were at least 50 Banded Demoiselle and smaller numbers of Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies but no Club-tails sadly.|
|Two immature male Red-veined Darters at Lower Bruckland Ponds, at least the third year in a row they have been present at this site. Photographed by Karen Woolley.|
|Despite overcast and cool conditions, spotted a solitary Norfolk Hawker on Hickling Broad.|
|Failed to find any mature Club-tailed at Goring either today or on previous visit on 30th May. Have seen emerging insects on previous visits, and plenty of exuviae. But where are they breeding? The river is in spate after recent rain: could this be a problem?|
|Broad Bodied Libellula on my large garden pond.|
|A four spotted chaser, female, flew into my conservatory today. Observed it and caught it and let it fly away. Lovely to see.|
|June 8th||CBo||E. Sussex|
|Iden Moat near Rye. Downy Emerald-two males clashing plus three other sightings of males patrolling/hovering. Azure, Variable, Blue tailed, Red eyed, White legged Damselfly - various/ovipositing.|
|River Chelmer/Blackwater,Maldon Golf Club, Langford Essex.
At last the Scarce Chaser has emerged here after a couple of ealier visits had drawn a blank. Huge numbers of lovely orange immatures were everywhere, nettle beds being their favourite perches. I gave up counting after 100, there must easily been over 200. Also found 2 immature Black Tailed Skimmers, including one sad specimen that had just emerged. Unfortunately it had picked the wrong emergence support, a strong main line of a Spiders web! It had manged to fully emerge from its exuvia but one of its wings was badly damaged & entwined. Good views of Hairy Dragonfly (7) & plenty of Damsels, White Legged, Azure, Large Red, Red Eyed, Blue Tailed & huge amounts of Banded Demoiselles.
Finished the afternoon of with a good view of a early Southern Hawker feeding by the trees near the small car park bridge.
|Snettisham Coastal Park, Four-spotted Chaser 20, Black-tailed Skimmer 1, Common Blue Damselfy 1000's, Azure Damselfly 100's
Blue-tailed Damselfly 15
|Visited two Crowthorne sites with restricted access, Wellington College Lakes and Butter Bottom Ponds (fished by Broadmoor Staff Angling Club). Saw four Brilliant Emerald on the wing, two at each site, my first records for the species this year. Good numbers of Downy Emerald were also present at both sites (this species seems to have done very well round here this spring). Several Emperors were flying at both sites. All the usual damsels about.|
|Two Common Darter tenerals seen leaving our garden pond this morning. Two Small Red Eyed tenerals were seen on the 8th from same pond.|
|June 9th & 10th||CMo||Cornwall|
|9 June: Boscathnoe Res. nr.Penzance. Several male Emperors, 1 observed ovipositing female. 3 4-Spot Chasers of which 1 ovipositing female. 1 male Broad-bodied Chaser, briefly. Many male & female Black-tailed Skimmers. Azure & Blue Tailed Damsels.
10 June: Trengwainton NT Garden. 1 male Golden-ringed Dragonfly (first seen this year). 3+ Beautiful Demoiselles. Numerous Damsels including Large-red.
Boscathnoe Res: as day before but no Chasers seen today.
|Made a short morning visit to Ober Water. Eleven species seen including two Downy Emeralds, a few each of Keeled Skimmer, White-legged, Small Red and Southern Damselflies and a single Banded Demoiselle with the masses of Beautifuls near the footbridge to the west of Clumber Inclosure (c.SU260033).|
|Dry Sandford Pit, BBOWT reserve, NW of Abingdon. About 20 Southern Damselfies seen well in Fen area. All mature so must have emerged at least a week or so ago. Also seen: Broad-bodied Chaser, Four Spotted Chaser, Azure, Common Blue and Large Red Damselflies. Also reported and photographed by another observer was imm male Keeled Skimmer, apparently the first for the site for many years.|
|June 9th||SMi||West Sussex|
|A hot sunny day in Broadbridge Heath brought the Scarce Chasers out, I observed 26 single males, 2 single females and 9 pairs in cop. One mating pair were so desperate to get a prime perching spot by the river that they landed on top of another pair, much to their disgust. You never have the camera handy when you need it, do you!
Link to mating Scarce Chasers picture.
A new sighting for me were 3 Downy Emeralds. There were still over 100 Banded Demoiselles around, 1 pair observed in cop, approximately 20 Large Red Damselflies, again 1 pair in cop, approximately 20 White Legged Damselflies, a couple of Blue Tailed and a couple of Azure Damselflies.
|Dersingham Bog: 20+ Four Spotted Chaser, Azure Damselfly, Common Blue|
|June 10th||TJH||Greater Manchester|
|I saw a very impressive male Broad-bodied Chaser on a small pond on the Chorlton Ees nature reserve in the Mersey valley in Manchester. I watched it for about 20 minutes during which it rested on a reed very close to me a couple of times so I got a very good look at it.|
|June 7th - 9th||T&NL||Hampshire|
|3 consecutive daily sightings of female broad bodied chaser near garden pond (male seen 1 week ago); 12 mating large red damsels, several common blue pairs, and 2 blue tailed|
|Thursley Common. Downy Emerald on the Moat Pond in large numbers. Four spotted chasers on the marsh in the hundreds. Various damsels.|
|Odiham. Broad Oak Lane. In the field near the car park. 3 or 4 female White Legged Damsels. Couldn't find any males but had limited time.|
|Visited Crockford and saw Southern Damsel. :) Thanks for the tip. Then on to Eyeworth pond where Black Tailed Skimmer and Downy Emerald were ruling the roost. Plenty of Common Blue and Azure as well as Large Red.|
|At Ditchford this lunchtime: Two recently emerged Brown Hawker taking their maiden flights, one with a badly crimpled wing. Several Black-tailed Skimmer emerging, a few Four-spotted Chaser at territory along with Hairy Dragonfly and the usual Damselflies. Numbers of all species were quiet low considering the 26 degrees sunshine.|
|Beautiful weather encouraged us to have a long-overdue walk along the Kennet Offshoot, just E of Burghfield Bridge, mainly to check on the colony of Variable Damselflies at SU686708. Numbers were a little lower than this time last year, with just over 50 males and 15 females being found, but these proved particularly obliging and sometimes allowed a very close approach & even examilation in the hand. Also had vast numbers of ovipositing Common Blues and Red-Eyed Damsels - so many they seemed to form a haze over the surface of the water (must've been at least 5000+). There were also good numbers of Large Reds, Blue-Tails, Azures, 4-Spotted Chasers (including one teneral) and a Downy Emerald laying her eggs just a few feet away in the shallows.|
|Strumpshaw Fen: 1 Norfolk Hawker - near pumping station, Hairy Dragonfly ovipositing, Four-spotted Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Banded Demoiselle, Azure, Blue-tailed, Red-eyed and Large Red Damselfly|
|First dragonfly of the season for me. Teneral Southern Hawker over river Trent. Couple of dozen Banded Demoiselle on show. Fortnight earlier at Doxey Marshes occasional Beautiful Demoiselle.|
|1 male Beautiful demoiselle photographed with phone camera at belvide reservoir,staffordshire flying over fast moving water on the outflow side of the reservoir.|
|June 10th||PH||West Glamorgan|
|Neath canal, (Melin) and nearby square pond. Several large red damselflies, 100 + blue tailed (many in cop), 150+ azure (many in cop), 50+ variable (some in cop), 2 female emperor dragonflies (both egg laying), 10 + emperor males, 1 broad bodied chaser male, 5-6 black tailed skimmer males, 1 female hairy, 4-5 hairy males, 4-5 four spotted chaser males and one grass snake!|
|Westbere Lakes, nr Canterbury: Upto 6 scarce chasers along a 200m stretch, also seen were 1 male hairy dragonfly, banded demoiselle, azure, common blue & blue-tailed damselflies.|
|Dozens of Downy Emeralds patrolling small lake at private site near Leighton Buzzard. I have never seen so many even at major strongholds in counties in SE England. On occasions 4-5 males were clashing at once. Females ovipositing and to avoid male aggression they drop down into bankside vegetation and sit and wait until males fly off. I filled up 8GB of memeory cards with inflight photos!! The sites in this area are part of the range expansion seen in recent years.|
|At Thompson Common today. Numbers of Scarce Emerald Damsel numbers appear to be well down on last year. Only c20 seen. All males still appear to be 'sub-adult'. Most remarkable record was that of a freshly-emerged female Ruddy Darter. The presence of an early Large Skipper butterfly was equally surprising. Also seen were: 100+ Azure/Common Blue Damsels (not the myriad noted in my last report!); 10+ Large Red Damsels; 1 Common Blue Damsel; 10+ Blue-tailed Damsels; 1 Emperor; 1 Black-tailed Skimmer; 2 Hairy Dragons; 3 Four-spots. www.enterprise-io.co.uk|
|Never seen one before. Length of body about 2.5 inches, wingspan about 3.25 in. Body very wide (0.3 in) and short (1.0 in), colour greeny brown with four luminous-type spots each side. Body curves up at tail. Wings usual size, with black tips to ends at front, black/orange patches at roots. This is a very "heavy-looking" dragonfly, so much so that I originally thought it was a large flying cockroach. Caught it in a net in conservatory- still have it, alive, in a large jar! WHAT IS IT ?? [Concensus of opinion is that this is a Broad-bodied Chaser - Webmaster]|
|Broad Bodied Chaser male and female. Over new pond created in the garden. Female seen laying eggs (I assume, all new to me) Seen on several evenings since, wonderful colours, first I have ever seen, thanks to the website for being able to identify them.|
9th June - 3 Brilliant Emerald exuvia found.
10th June - 2 more Brilliant Emerald exuvia found and a Male Brilliant Emerald seen and photographed close-up in flight.
|Ashington Community Woodland Pond. 2 Four spotted Chasers and a possible female Broad Bodied Chaser but they are extremely rare up here so I may be mistaken. Common Blue, Azure, Blue Tailed and Large Red Damsels about too.|
|Good pictures of a female broad bodied Chaser resting inside an electrical panel building facility at post code S25 2JZ (Dinnington Rotherhan). Photos indicate to us a larger than usual size according to what books we have consulted. Photographed alongside a plastic ruler. After resting for sometime the dragonfly was eased gently on a sheet of paper taken to the door where she flew of very high directly north.|
|At Westhay on the gravel track to Reception Hide - 10+ Male Black Tailed Skimmers, 1 pair Copulating Variable Blue Damselflies. Reasonably windy so saw more activity away from water in sheltered areas.|
|Was passing through Cambridgeshire & made a division to Wicken Fen NT for a flying visit early evening. Proved worthwhile with my first Ruddy Darters of the year (10) tenerals. Also a solitary Hairy & a nice young male Scarce Chaser in colour transition from orange to blue. Also interestly observed a pair of Red eyed damselflies in tandem with the female egg laying. Started above water on a Iris stem, but then gradually climbed underwater to a depth of 6 inches where the remained for 10 minutes. The male then surfaced with the female still sitting on stem underwater. Not sure how long she remained there as i had to move on. I had never before observed this behavior which I had read about in the past.|
|Visited Shortheath Common, conditions were cloudy with sunny spells. Saw the normal Emperors, Four-spotted Chasers, Broad Bodied Chasers, Black-tailed Chasers, Downey Emeralds along with various Damselflies including 2 Banded Demoiselles. However there was 1 immature Southern Hawker present which posed happily for photographs.|
|The Devon BDS Group/Axe Vale Conservation Society meeting to the Axe Valley managed to avoid rain, but paucity of sunshine kept activity down. On the river near Colyford we found 3 or 4 Scarce Chasers (plus one exuvia), lots of White-legged Damselflies and Banded Demoiselles, with a few Beautiful Demoiselles, Blue-tailed, Large Red and Azure Damselflies. At Lower Bruckland Ponds, a Scarce Chaser was seen, and later we located a single Red-veined Darter, 5 Red-eyed Damselflies, and a scatering of other species. The total for the day was 14 species. [Incidentally, the unknown species in Cornwall below sounds like a female Broad-bodied Chaser - see under Libellula depressa in the "UK Species" list.]|
|Visited The Black hole at Burton Mill Pond, nr Petworth - 5 Scarce Chasers seen, along with 8 Four-spotted Chasers, 3 Hairy Dragonflys and two Golden-ringed Dragonflys one of which posed willingly for its picture to be taken! Also present were numerous damselflies of various sorts.|
|Have checked your website, I think I have just seen a golden ringed dragonfly, I have never seen one before. Location is very urban, in the Efford area of Plymouth, a long way away from any stream or water. It was hovering around the hedge.|
|Many teneral and some slightly more mature Lestes sponsa on the wing at Watchtree Nature Reserve, North Cumbria.|
|Recorded the first Downy Emerald seen in Glamorgan for several years this morning, when seven individuals were seen on the wing at a woodland lake in Hensol Forest.|
|June 16th||CR||Tyne and Wear|
|Gateshead. There has been what I now know to be an Emperor Dragonfly on my gate for the last two days. It is alive but has not moved since I noticed it last night. I have not seen this type of dragonfly in this area before.|
|Unfortunately it looks as if the winter dredging of the Stroom Dyke at Langar has had a serious impact on the Banded Demoiselle population. Since my last report on 29th May there have only been two further sightings, each of a lone male.|
|Wake Valley Pond, Epping Forest, Essex: My first Small Red Eyed Damselflies were seen today on the lily pads. Good numbers of Downy Emeralds all round pond. Proved very entertaining with the males clashing & also territorial battles with Four spotted Chasers. Several were also seen pairing up in wheel & flying high into the trees. A few Emperors were seen as were a few teneral Black Tailed Skimmers on Sunshine Plain.|
|Sandwich Bay: 1 male Hairy Dragonfly in dune slacks and female Black-tailed Skimmer on dune path.|
|3 Male Banded Demoiselle on the banks of the River Eden in Rickerby Park Carlisle no sign of any females yet.|
|Esher Common - Black Pond, 3 to 4 Male Brilliant Emerald seen fighting for territory with the victor being photographed on patrol, despite the numerous dogs which often occupy and disturb the same stretch of water. This sighting maybe an encouraging sign for Don Tagg's BDS visit on July 13th, especially as I did not see any Brilliant Emerald dragonflies there last year!|
|male emperor dragonfly on Conwy Mountain pool along with 3 four-spotted chasers and male broad-bodied chaser plus several large red and blue-tailed damselflies.|
|Spent three hours by the Avon in rural location at Whaddon. Large numbers of Banded Demoiselles and White-legged Damselflies as expected. Several male Scarce Chasers and one female. But far fewer Blue-tailed Damsels than I have seen here in previous years. And the large quantities of litter, both in the river and on the banks, was quite appalling.|
|Cliff marshes. single female Lestes. Didn't get close enough before it flew off for definite ID but I would make an educated guess at Dryas.|
|Teneral Common Darter in Savernake Forest.|
|Despite rain and overcast conditions at Priddy Mineries (Pool nearest road) saw 4 Blue Tail Damselflies and 1 Variable Damselfly male in vegetation around pond. No activity over water.|
|June 14th/22nd/23rd||AN||Oxon/N. Bucks.|
|Oxfordshire RSPB Otmoor 14 June: Common and Ruddy Darters emerging in good numbers. Many other species of damselflies in good numbers
North Bucks 22 June: Brown Hawkwer at HESC (G Walker)
and today 23rd Emerald damselfly
|Located one male Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly and at least seven male Small Red-eyed Damselflies at a site near Weymouth. Interesting seemingly no sign of any SRED's over the border at Lower Bruckland Ponds in Devon as yet.|
|Female Lesser Emperor in Savernake Forest. Photograph taken.|
|In vegetation (mainly ferns) by Westhay hides lots of common blue, blue tail and possibly an azure damselfly (have photo). Also 1 male Red eyed Damselfly - the first one I have ever seen. Weather very windy with intermittent showers.|
|Kent: Returned to cliff marshes. Definitely ID'd Lestes dryas. Photos can be found at my flicker page.
Sussex: Rottingdean village pond. The chasers have been displaced by a hoard of Emperors. Mating and ovipositing observed. Several teneral common darter also seen. Azure and blue tailed still in residence.
|5 Adult Scarce Chasers at Lower Brucklands. A pair were in cop. and the other 3 were all unmated males, with no abdominal markings.|
|20th: belated report (had to make sure of ID)
10+ single scarce chasers and 2 pairs in wheels observed today (Sunday) at Whitlingham park; South Norwich. Numerous Azure, Blue tailed and red eyed damsels around lakes along with Banded Demoiselles around the drains. Huge numbers (100+) of azure and blue tailed sheltering in one area in full sun but out of the wind. Fantastic site to see.
22nd: 4 black tailed skimmers flying around a drainage pond for a main road. (The sediment in this pond when disturbed has a very strong smell of hydrocarbon contamination, which is expected when considering the water derives from a busy road junction). Also noticed blue tailed and red eyed damsels along with a a large hawker, but unable to ID Hawker. Found Exuvia among iris stems in my back garden for Southern hawker today. No sign of adult!
26th: 15+ four spot chasers vying and defending territories noticed today along with one common darter, a number of red eyed and azure damsels and two southern hawkers working the tree lines. A number of the 4 spot chasers had wing damage suggesting either numerous "clashes" or longevity.
|I have recently observed (and photographed) the Scarce Chaser at a couple of sites near Attingham, Shropshire. I have been in touch with the Shropshire Dragonfly Group, and have been led to believe that this is a first for Shropshire. I guess that would make it hot news! (Photo)|
|Nutfield Marsh Nature Reserve: good range of species - Emperor*, Broad-bodied Chaser*, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four Spot Chaser, Ruddy Darter. Banded & Beautiful Demoiselle, Large Red, Common*, Azure* & Blue-tailed Damselflies.
(*denotes observed ovipositing)
|A single Emperor Dragonfly male was seen sunning itself on a pond near Singleton Lake, Ashford. I have a photo.|
|Tuesday 24th June: Trebah Gardens: Female Emperor ovipositing with male present plus two male Broad-bodied Chasers on Dinky's Puddle. One teneral male Southern Hawker in the Bamboozle.
Thursday 26th June: Trevarno Estate: 12+ male Beautiful Demoiselles plus one female above the cascade. One male and one female Emperor on the lake.
|Visited Bushy Park (prompted by earlier Hot News)and found, amongst other damsels, large nos. of Erythromma viridulum (?) around the Heron Pond and along the dykes. Also surprised to find Platycnemis pennipes (only one) near the dyke furthest from the pond/s. Photographed them if anyone needs confirmation.|
|30 people turned up for the BDS/Exeter City Council/Devonshire Association meeting at Countess Wear this morning. In dry but windy conditions with sunny spells we found 3 Red-eyed and 10 White-legged Damselflies, 2 Black-tailed Skimmers, 1 Beautiful and a few Banded Demoiselles, plus lots of Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies. At Exminster Marshes there were 2 unmated male Scarce Chasers, 5+ Hairy Dragonflies, Four-spotted Chaser and lots of Emperors (plus a Hobby as we left). The numbers and variety were disappointing, perhaps because of the fresh wind but more likely a result of the indifferent weather in recent weeks.|
|Ipley Pond, New Forest. 3 Black Darters, almost fully mature males.|
|28.06.08, New Forest Sites: Latchmore Brook. 9 Southern Damselfly, 15 Scarce-blue tailed Damselfly, 26 Small-red Damselfly.
Mill-lawn Brook. 9 Southern Damselfly, 4 Small-red Damselfly.
Hatchet Pond. 1 male Downy Emerald, 1 male Southern Damselfly, 5 Small-red Damselfy.
Matley Bog. 13 Small-red Damselfly.
29.06.08, Thursley Common. 1 female Golden-ringed Dragonfly, 3 Small-red Damselfly, 2 male Downy Emerald, 1 male Brilliant Emerald.
|A dozen people came along for Devon BDS Group's final meeting of Dragonfly Week, to brave a cool, breezy morning at Prewley Moor. We managed to find 67 Southern Damselflies sheltering, plus a few Keeled Skimmers. We also found exuviae of the latter and one of Common Hawker. A slightly brighter afternoon at Lydford Station revealed disappointingly few dragonflies, though these included teneral Keeled Skimmer and Common Darter. (The highlight here, though, was a Devon cream tea, courtesy of the owners - many thanks, Barry and Fiona!) A final, unplanned, visit to Cadover Bridge revealed 6 Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies in the later afternoon sun - a nice end to Dragonfly Week!
Cadover Bridge: 6 Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies
|Late news I know but computer was broken. At my local dragonfly patch, Granby Ponds, Weymouth, grid ref:654798, the first of the Small Red-eyed Damselflies were noted on 9th June with many, including lots of tandem pairs and egg laying noted on 24th June.|
|RSPB The Lodge: Brown Hawker and a female Broad-bodied Chaser resting in brambles/nettles not far from the hide. On the edge of the heath was a Common Darter resting on some bracken. Lots of teneral damselflies on the heath itself, too.|
|June 30th/July 1st||SRo||Lincs.|
|30/6: A trip out to Messingham Sand Quarries nature reserve today to see if there was any Hawkers on the wing yet, didn't disappoint, with 4 species being seen. Here is the full list of species observed: 348 Common-blue Damselfly, 134 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 12 Black-tailed Skimmer, 8 Four-spot Chaser, 4 Brown Hawker, 2 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 female Emperor, 1 teneral female Southern Hawker, 1 male Red-eyed Damselfly and 1 Large-red Damselfly.
1/7: A visit to Crowle NNR today recorded the following species: 2 Southern Hawker, 11 Four-spot Chaser, 44 Large-red Damselfly, 7 Azure Damselfly, 1 Emerald Damselfly, 4 Common Hawker, 1 teneral male Black Darter, 1 teneral male Ruddy Darter, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 male Blue-tailed Damselfly and 3 Common-blue Damselfly. In general, the emergence dates and numbers of species in North Lincolnshire seem to be at least 2 weeks later than last year.
|Spent 3-4 hours at Crockford Stream. Lots of Southern Damselflies, Keeled Skimmers and Beautiful Demoiselles, and a fair number of Large Reds, all more or less as expected. But I was surprised to see only one Golden-ringed, just fleetingly, and no Small Reds.
NOTE: It seems likely that the insect I reported as a Lesser Emperor [June 23rd] was in fact Anax Imperator. It did have unusual protuberances at the back of the eyes, but I am advised that these are different from those which are diagnostic of Anax Parthenope. I remain puzzled, though, as to what they are.