Previous Sightings

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  • 10th Apr 2011
    Kent
    AL

    One Large Red Damselfly sunning itself in Wilmot Park, Dartford, Kent.

  • 10th Apr 2011
    Bedfordshire
    DA

    A dragonfly, thought to be Hairy was flying at Marston Vale CP in Bedfordshire on the 10th April, a very early date. 

  • 9th Apr 2011
    Hants/Surrey

    Two male Large Red Damselflies at Lakeside Nature Reserve near Ash.

  • 9th Apr 2011
    Devon

    Large Red Damselfly exuvia and Four Spotted Chaser exuvia found on the boardwalk struts, Bystock Pools, nr Exmouth Devon.  Nothing on the wing.

  • 9th Apr 2011
    Hampshire
    GD

    Eight Large Red Damselflies seen at Odiham Common pond in the morning, and another ten seen at Long pond in Bramshill plantation in the afternnoon.

  • 9th Apr 2011
    Cornwall
    CM

    Marazion Marsh (RSPB) 2 male and 1 female Large Red Damselfly.

  • 8th Apr 2011
    Berkshire
    MT

    3 tenerals and an exuvia at a pond in Sonning lunchtime today. Also a report from Adrian Hickman of a virtually mature male Large Red Damselfly on Greenham Common yesterday (7th).

  • 8th Apr 2011
    Bedfordshire
    DW

    The first Large Red Damselfly of the year in Bedfordshire emerged from a garden pond in Ampthill this morning, Friday the 8th April, a full 9 days earlier than in 2010.

  • 8th Apr 2011
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    DP

    Damian Pinguey reported the first sighting, a Large Red Damselfly, yesterday 8th April. This was seen at the pond in Chippenham which has been host to the first sighting of theyear for several years now. Although large it is very shallow and so heats up quickly. ST9035572087.

  • 7th Apr 2011
    Devon
    DS

    A Large Red Damselfly took its maiden flight from my garden pond in Chudleigh around midday, the earliest ever here by at least a fortnight. No doubt influenced by some unseasonally warm, sunny weather!  Re the Vagrant Emperor movement in Portugal - I arrived in Eilat, Israel, on 20 March to see many thousands of these. They had arrived around 10 March and were most abundant around wetlands and green vegetation, though good numbers could be seen flying over desert areas. Apparently such numbers are seen only every few years and were presumably the result of good rains further south in the preceding months. A few pairs were seen in tandem, but no oviposition was seen. Numbers declined over the next 10 days - locals thought they were moving north like Painted Ladies do in spring.

  • 6th Apr 2011
    Portugal

    A Flickr correspondant of mine from Portugal, Albano Soares has reported Vagrant Emperors [Anax ephippiger] heading north past Mira at a rate of 20 per minute today. A colleague of his saw similar numbers at Oporto. A photo of one and his info can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/39280703@N08/5595868131/

  • 6th Apr 2011
    Cornwall

    one adult Large Red Damselfly on edge of pond west of Demelza SW974639, Cornwall, my earliest record for it on the farm.

  • 6th Apr 2011
    Norfolk
    PT

    My daughter found our first Large Red Damselfly exuvia of the year in our garden pond today.

  • 6th Apr 2011
    Dorset
    ABi

    Two teneral Large Red Damsels at Dunyeats Hill pond.

  • 3rd Apr 2011
    Dorset
    GF

    One female Large Red Damselfly emerged within the past few days from our garden in South-east Dorset.

  • 19th Feb 2011
    Cornwall
    JWo

    I'm the butterfly recorder for Cornwall and I received the message below from Tom and Anne Polglase. Kennack Sands (SW7316)is on the Lizard and they are reliable observers.We saw three painted ladies while out walking on Saturday 19th February 2011 at Kennack Sands. They were flying really strongly towards the west suggesting that they could possibly have been migrants. We also had a Vagrant Emperor dragonfly which we believe to be a rare vagrant from Africa. Tom and Anne Polglase

  • 10th Jan 2011
    Pembroke
    OLe

    Please look at pembs.birding website which shows to me a very lucky person has picked up a female/immature Anax ephippigger (Vagrant Emperor) off a coastal path at St.Davids, Pembs, West Wales in recent days.With mild weather this week, keep an eye out.

  • 7th Nov 2010
    Norfolk
    PT

    At least a dozen Common Darters, including two pairs (one ovipositing), plus a Migrant Hawker south of Hickling Broad, Norfolk, Sunday 7th Nov

  • 12th Sep 2010
    Kent

    The Willow Emerald Damselfly spread into Kent continues. Yesterday (12/09/10) we found a minimum of 12, possibly 14 different, Willow Emeralds on the minor road that heads south of the A299 signed Marshside just East of the Reculver turning. They were adjacent to the road on bushes & trees by the roadside dyke near Little Grays Farm house over a distance of 300 metres. They were mainly males, although we did see at least 2 females. We were checking suitable locations near to where the previous sightings had been made at Chambers Wall, some 2 miles North East of here.

  • 8th Aug 2010
    Essex
    NPh

    Hadleigh Country Park: at least 4 male and 1 female (possibly up to 8, sightings of 4 individual males and 2 coupled pairs) southern migrant hawkers observed between 1 and 4pm. The second sighting of coupled pair were observed egg laying in mud in drying ditch. Further details here

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