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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  • 25th May 2017
    ESSEX
    KT

    Today in Central park 3x Banded Demoisells, many Red Eyed and common Blue and 1x Large Red Damselflies

  • 25th May 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Windmill  Farm, CWT. Lizard, Cornwall: Hot, clear sunshine all day. Strong SE wind. 1 adult male Red-veined Darter over water.   4+ adult male Emperor. 1 female taken in pairing.   2 male Broad-bodied Chaser. 1 female ovipositing.  15+ 4-Spot, inc. pairs and ovi. 5+adult male Black-tailed Skimmer, also females ovi.  and 4+  teneral.  4 male, 4 female Beautiful Demoiselles.  Many Common Blue Damsels,  fewer Azure. Low numbers of Large-red and Blue-tailed. 

  • 25th May 2017
    Isle of Wight
    PJH

    Several teneral Emerald Damselflies observed today at an Isle of Wight forest pond.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/34079750073/in/dateposted/

  • 25th May 2017
    Isle of Wight
    PJH

    Numerous teneral Ruddy Darters at a shallow scrape pond on the Isle of Wight yesterday.

  • 24th May 2017
    Norfolk
    TCN

    Norfolk Hawker, Hairy, Four-Spotted Chaser Dragonflies, Red-Eyed, Large Red, Azure, Variable and Blue-tailed damselflies all enjoying the sun today at Sutton Fen.

  • 24th May 2017
    Essex
    AWS

    Woodham Fen EWT Essex: In amongst the numerous azure, common blue and blue tailed damselflies,  were a emerald damselfly and two hairy dragonflies

     

  • 24th May 2017
    Norfolk
    DJM

    Two male Downy Emerald's seen at a private site in North east Norfolk, near to the old RAF base at Coltishall. 

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave27/34070271603/in/dateposted-public/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave27/34037729684/in/dateposted-public/

     

  • 23rd May 2017
    Bedfordshire
    IMW

    At least 12 teneral White-legged damselflies today on the tributary of the river Ouse below the fly-over near Kempston, Bedford at midday (by A428/ King Alfred way roundabout).

  • 23rd May 2017
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB

    On a beautiful warm  sunny day  at Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve at Barkbooth Lot saw 6 Downy Emerald dragonflies, 7 Four Spotted Chasers also a male Broad bodied Chaser resting on a twig beside the pond.  Lots of Large Red, Common blue and Blue tailed damselflies.

  • 22nd May 2017
    Cheshire
    PK

    Three teneral Common Club-tails were seen along a short stretch of the River Dee at Farndon, Cheshire today.

  • 22nd May 2017
    Worcestershire
    APM

    Common Club-tail, seen about 1 mile north of Worcester city centre on the river Severn last Monday (22/05/2017).

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/andypeter/34810056976/in/dateposted/

     

  • 22nd May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    River Chelmer, Boreham. - 100+ Banded Demoiselle m+f, 20+ large Red (many ovipositing), 20+ Blue tailed, 1 Common Blue, 3 Hairy Dragonflies, poss 1 Four spot flying off.

  • 21st May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - 18 degrees C, broken cloud, windy. In excess of 500 Common Blue Damselflies. 25+ Red-eyed Damselflies some in cop, 6 Blue-tailed Damselflies, Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Scarce Chaser.

  • 21st May 2017
    Essex
    KT

    Today at Fingringhoe Wick saw 2x Hairy Dragonfly, 1x Four Spotted Chaser, Large Red and many Azure Damselflys

  • 21st May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Canvey West Marshes, RSPB reserve - 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 2 Blue tailed

  • 21st May 2017
    Isle of Wight
    IG

    100+ Beautiful Demoiselle at Shalfleet Stream in groups of up to 18. This is thought to be the largest number ever reported for the Isle of Wight.

    8 Black-tailed Skimmer (first reported sighting on the Island this year), 7 Broad-bodied Chaser, 12+ Azure Damselfly and c.10 Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselfly at Bouldnor Forest, nr Yarmouth.

    Please see further updates on our Facebook page IOW Dragonflies and Damselflies https://www.facebook.com/groups/129267027262600/?multi_permalinks=686007784921852%2C685950641594233&notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1495386272391793

    Jim Baldwin

  • 21st May 2017
    Kent
    MH

    After 3 years of trying, a visit to Westbere Lakes this morning produced my first ever Norfolk Hawker exuviae. They have been breeding here for a few years now but to find an exuviae of one was a great thrill. Photos on my blog in due coarse.

  • 20th May 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PL

    A Hairy Dragonfly was found sheltering from the showers this afternoon in Langholme Wood LWT NR. These are now seen annually in the wood and surrounding area

  • 20th May 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Westbere Lakes between 7:30 - 10.45 produced 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 7 Banded Demoiselle, 4 Scarce Chaser, 1 Large Red Damselfly, 1 Common Blue Damselfly, 3 Red eyed Damselfly, good numbers of Variable and Blue tailed Damselfly with a few Azure Damselfly.

  • 20th May 2017
    SURREY

    Thursley Moat Pond - One Four-spotted Chaser emerged, One Downy Emerald emerging, One Brilliant Emerald Exuvia ( making 7 so far this year).

    Thursley Pudmore - Emerging Keeled Skimmer.

  • 20th May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV

    Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB: 6 Scarce Chasers along ditches and river, 4 Hairy Dragonflies, 100+ Common Blue, 50 Variable, Red-eyed, Blue-tailed Damselfly and 25 Banded Demoiselle.

  • 20th May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Priory Park, Southend - 10+ Blue tailed, 1 Azure

  • 19th May 2017
    Hampshire
    SSK

    A Keeled Skimmer was on Eling Great Marsh (per Simon King - warden). A female Scarce Chaser was seen during this morning's (20/5) CBC survey

  • 18th May 2017
    Isle of Wight
    PJH

    Despite overcast conditions several teneral Red-eyed Damselflies seen emerging from the pondside reeds at a large pond close to Newport,Isle of Wight.

     https://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/34698429986/in/dateposted/

  • 18th May 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    Visited Esher Common mainly to look for four-spotted chasers, of which there were a few that proved very elusive for my camera. I also spotted a few broad-bodies chasers (both male and female) as well as the expected large red damselflies

  • 18th May 2017
    SURREY

    Thursley Moat Pond - One emerging Downy Emerald, One well-developed Male Brilliant Emerald above its exuvia, Four emerging Female Brilliant Emerald and in a different part of the pond a vacated Brilliant Emerald Exuvia.

  • 17th May 2017
    Kent
    JRM

    Westbere lakes, late morning.: 4 x im Scarce chasers, 3 x hairy hawkers, 2 Banded demoiselle, Azure damselfly, 5 x variable damselfly, 3 x blue-tailed damselfly, 2 x red-eyed damselfy. 

  • 16th May 2017
    Essex
    IRP

    Further to report dated 12th May;  A minimum of fifteeen broad bodied chasers have now successfully emerged from my small garden pond and one large red damselfly

  • 16th May 2017
    West Sussex
    DLS

    The Common Clubtail emergence seems to be underway in West Sussex. I saw 12 freshly emerged Clubtails on the River Arun near Amberley this morning in fairly warm but still breezy weather. Also, a few Banded Demoiselles and Azure Damselflies there. Later, on the River Rother near Fittleworth two more Common Clubtails although I suspect that most of the day's emergence was over by the time of my visit there.

  • 16th May 2017
    Hampshire
    PDW

    On the centre pond at Testwood Lakes HWT I saw an Emperor (Anax imperator) larva out of the water in a position ready to emerge. Record shot on the blog.

  • 16th May 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Cut off channel, Fordham. A 5am start to find around 80+ Scarce Chasers, recently emerged and still present in the banks of Nettles and vegetation along a 500yard stretch of the river, still with exuvia in many cases. By 10am the sun was warm and some were making longer flights to nearby trees, away from the river. One Hairy noted along with one fresh exuvia. Many Red-eyed Damselflies at various stages of maturity, only one mature male noted. Azure, Common and Blue-tailed Damselflies present along with one Variable Damselfly.

  • 14th May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - 17 degrees C and windy. Hairy Dragonfly x6, Variable a Damselfly x 10, Azure x3, Common Blue Damselfly 40+,  Blue tailed Damselfly x7, Banded Demoiselle x 3

     

  • 14th May 2017
    Hampshire
    PR

    Among the expected today at Bramshill (records entered) was a newly emerged female teneral Black-tailed Skimmer. Photo will appear on blog and the usual outlets presently

  • 14th May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HC

    Scarce Chasers at Woodwalton Fen. Lunchtime saw sunshine and emerging Scarce Chasers, along with teneral Four-Spotted Chaser, many Azure & Large Red Damselflies along with fresh Red-eyed Damselflies. Also exuvia of Hairy Dragonfly but no adult flying.

  • 14th May 2017
    Anglesey
    PK

    Cors Erddreiniog, Anglesey, 14th May 2017- 15 degrees, but very windy. Hairy Dragonfly x 8, Broad-bodied Chaser x4, Four-spotted Chaser x2, Variable Damselfly x3, Azure Damselfly x2, Large Red Damselfly x 60+

  • 13th May 2017
    Cheshire
    NJF

    River Dee, Aldford, Cheshire. May 13th. Two Common Clubtails (one male, other probably male) seen upstream of Ironbridge. Also one male Red-eyed Damselfly on lilypads.

     

  • 13th May 2017
    Isle of Wight
    IG

    A teneral male Red-eyed Damselfly seen at Stag Lane Pond, Newport along with an estimated 35 each of Azure and Blue-tailed Damselfly. This equals the earliest record for Red-eyed Damselfly on the Island after 35 were recorded at Newchurch in 2011.

    For photos and other sightings on the Island, please see our Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/groups/129267027262600/

    Jim Baldwin

  • 13th May 2017
    Oxfordshire
    SJD

    A passing visit to Goring failed to turn up any common clubtails, although at least 6 exuvia were seen on on the footings of the railway bridge.In the nearby nature reserve banded demoiselles were seen in the nettles with a single red-eyed damselfly rising into a nearby tree. 

  • 12th May 2017
    Essex
    IRP

    Broad-bodied Chaser newly emerged on my garden pond in Romford today; a first for this pond.

  • 11th May 2017
    Norfolk
    TCN

    Hairy and Four-Spotted Chaser Dragonflies plus Azure, Blue-tailed, Large Red and Variable Damselflies at Drake's Fen today.

  • 11th May 2017
    Lancashire
    PK

    Male and female Banded Demoiselle at the River Alt in Formby, Lancashire this afternoon. Two weeks earlier than usual date for this site.

  • 11th May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Beeleigh Falls, Maldon, Essex. 3 female 2 male Banded Demoiselles, 2 Blue tailed, 3 Large Red, 1f and 1m Hairy Dragonfly hawking over large nettle patch

  • 11th May 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    PS

    A good population of Scarce Chaser (Libelulla fulva) has been present on the River Bristol Avon in Wiltshire for many years and it is obvious they are breeding. However, no final proof of breeding ie. exuviae, has been obtained before. In recent years there has been a sporadic presence on the turning ponds of the Caen Hill flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Devizes. It was thought they were coming up from the river, which is only a couple of miles away, to mature at the canal before heading back to the river to breed. However, on Thursday, one of my local recorders, Phil Smith, found an exuvia of this species on the bank of one of the ponds so proving they are in fact breeding there and not just using it as a maturation area! It's a little ironic that  proof of breeding has been obtained at the most recent location for the species first. Now the challenge will be to find some on the river itself! Image of the distinctive exuvia[by Phil] is on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/441544116004916/

  • 10th May 2017
    Norfolk
    TCN

    Four-Spotted Chasers and Hairy Dragonflies plus Large Red, Variable and Azure Damselflies enjoying the sun today at Sutton Fen.

  • 10th May 2017
    Nottinghamshire
    PJR

    A visit to Chainbridge Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire revealed 7 Hairy Hawkers and 5 Banded Demoiselle, (2 female and 3 male).https://www.flickr.com/photos/92040806@N06/34414298432/in/photostream/

  • 10th May 2017
    Oxfordshire
    MHT

    Walked the Oxfordshire bank of the Thames at Shiplake this morning for the Common Clubtail count. Found a single exuvia plus about 20 Banded Demoiselles.

  • 10th May 2017
    Berkshire
    MHT

    A walk round Thames Valley Park this afternoon produced Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed, Red-eyed and Large Red Damselflies, Banded Demoiselles and a couple of Hairy Dragonflies. Best afternoon of the season so far. We could do with some rain - several of the smaller ponds in our area have dried up completely.

     

  • 10th May 2017
    Staffordshire
    GHM

    Lady Corner Pool in Park Hall Country Park, Stoke-on-Trent today. Bright sunshine but still fairly cool. Small numbers of Blue-tailed, Azure and Large Red Damselflies. Mostly teneral with the exception of some male Large Reds.

  • 10th May 2017
    Essex
    IHD

    Benfleet Downs today I had 1 Broad-bodied fem, 1 Male Hairy and Common blue,Blue-tailed, Azure and Large red Damselflies. 1600-1800hrs.

  • 10th May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Whet Mead EWT reserve Witham Essex. 20+ male and 4 female Banded Demoiselles, 4 Large Red, 1 Blue tailed.

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