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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  • 21st May 2018
    Surrey
    Bletchingley.

     Southern Hawker emerged successfully on Yellow Iris in our garden pond

  • 21st May 2018
    East Sussex
    JS
    Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

    Seen by the side of our garden pond in Eastbourne, East Sussex. I have photos! [Suspect this was Beautiful demoiselle - Caleopteryx virgo - GHM]

  • 21st May 2018
    SURREY
    THURSLEY SSSI SURREY

    Todays short visit highlight was a recently emerged female Brilliant Emerald clinging to its exuvia. Other sightings were good numbers of Downy Emeralds, 4-Spotted Chasers, Red-eyed, Large Red and Common Blue Damselflies.

  • 21st May 2018
    Norfolk
    HRM
    Keeled skimmer southern end (ponds) of Holt lowes

    Teneral keeled skimmer this afternoon at Holt lowes also two male broad bodied chasers 

  • 20th May 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV
    Fen Drayton Variables and others

    At least 310 Variable Damselflies across the reserve at Fen Drayton Lakes. Also Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed and Red-eyed Damselflies and Banded Demoiselle. At least 30 Azure was a decent count for the site, hundreds of Common Blue (will soon be thousands). 20+ Hairy Dragonflies, 3 Four-spotted Chasers.

  • 20th May 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Wat Tyler

    Hairy dragonfly-1 basking

  • 20th May 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Langdon Hills

    Langdon Hills: EWT Dunton Plotlands: Emperor- 1 male, hunting over meadow.

  • 20th May 2018
    Caerphilly
    Flatwoods meadows - Broad-bodied chaser and large red

    2 males and a female broadbodied chaser and several large red damsels, some in tandem. Also saw some large dragonfly nymphs - possibly emperor 

  • 19th May 2018
    Oxfordshire
    SFB
    Clubtail Exuviae at Goring

    One Clubtail exuvia near to the village and one on the river wall under the railway bridge

  • 19th May 2018
    Cornwall
    PJA
    newly emerged broad bodied chaser

    I'd seen a couple of empty BBC nymph cases on my garden pond plants, but today I spotted a newly emerged broad bodied chaser at the edge of the pond, warming up in the sunshine

  • 19th May 2018
    Cornwall
    PJA
    small red damselfly

    visited my garden pond today - also saw one 2 last weekend

  • 19th May 2018
    Cheshire
    SFM
    Female Hairy Dragonfly

    Seen at Neumann's Flash nr Marston,photos taken if needed

  • 19th May 2018
    Bedfordshire
    REM
    River Ouse, Roxton

    Large numbers (130 counted) of Banded demoiselle mostly catching and eating prey including even larger numbers of mayfly on the riverside walk. Eight other species - Hairy dragonfly, Four-spotted chaser, Scarce chaser (teneral orange male but with no dark marks at tip of wings), Azure damselfly, Large red damselfly, Common blue damselfly, Red-eyed damselfly, Blue-tailed damselfly. One hairy dragonfly exuvia identified.

  • 19th May 2018
    Suffolk
    JPH
    Sightings North Suffolk

    First Scarce Chaser L. fulva today at North Cove reserve N. Suffolk. Plus one female B. pratense with a missing hind wing but still able to fly. Plenty more Hairy Dragonflies, Large Red and Azure damsels, Four Spot Chasers, and a few Broad-bodied Chasers. 

  • 19th May 2018
    Southwark
    DEG
    broad-bodied chaser central London

    Redcross Way garden near Borough High Street, a very small pond: 4 common blue damselflies and 2 male broad-bodied chasers.

  • 19th May 2018
    South Wales, Llandeilo.
    JM
    wales

    One immature Beautiful Demoiselle close to the River Towy, Llandeilo, South Wales.

  • 19th May 2018
    Beds
    AKN
    Paxton Pits

    Scarce chaser emerging along river also another year with very good numbers of Banded.

    Emperor exuvia 1, Many Hairy Dragonfires, 4 spots around dragons pond TL 1984763024

    Also LR, Az, CB, Redeye, all cop and ovp

    Well worth a visit especially the river walk

     

     

  • 18th May 2018
    Norfolk
    DJW
    Norwich garden pond

    For the first time this year, counting exuviae almost daily over the last two weeks in my tiny (less than 1 square metre) garden pond has revealed a surprising 250 Large Red Damselflies now emerged, mainly from a floating mat of lesser spearwort, and still counting. 

  • 18th May 2018
    Norfolk
    SMR
    Keeled Skimmer

    First Keeled Skimmer of the year at Roydon Common

  • 18th May 2018
    Cornwall
    CAM
    Windmill Farm, Lizard, Cornwall

    Good sunshine this afternoon after a sharp cool breeze and dull morning. Emperor: 1 m  briefly at water, Black-tailed Skimmer: 1 m. teneral, Broad-bodied Chaser: 15+  m. & f. pairs and ovi, 4-Spot  Chaser: 25+ pairs and ovi.,Beautiful Demoiselle: 28+ m. & f., Damsels:- Large-red: 30+ m.& f.,Common Blue: 5, Azure: 40+, Blue-tailed: 5.

  • 18th May 2018
    Co Durham
    RR
    Broad bodied chaser female, low Barns nature reserve, Co Durham

    1 female flying around vegetation not far from a pond. Lots of damsels around, small red and azure mostly but this is the first dragonfly I’ve spotted this year.

  • 18th May 2018
    Norfolk
    DJW
    Norfolk Hawker

    Quite a surprise to find my first Norfolk Hawker this year flying along a path at Silfield nature reserve Wymondham - an isolated site which is some distance from The Broads and the main rivers. Also several Four-spotted, 2 Broad-bodied Chasers around one of the ponds and 2 Emperor exuviae found.

  • 18th May 2018
    Shropshire
    AS
    Whixall Moss

    White Faced Darters were emerging all morning at the small pond at ( SJ 494 362 ). Mostly males holding territory around the edges with only 1 female seen ovipositing.

  • 18th May 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Sth Hanningfield Reservoir EWT

    1m + 1f Broad bodied Chaser, 4 Four spotted Chasers, 1m Hairy, 2 Blue tailed, 6 Azure,

  • 16th May 2018
    Surrey
    SME
    Garden pond - Cranleigh, Surrey

    6 broad-bodied chasers (2 female and 4 male). The first time more than two have been seen at the pond. 2 large red damselflies.

  • 16th May 2018
    Norfolk
    PFF
    Filby Dragons

    On an overcast and rather chilly day, finding insects was to prove difficult.  However, a search in the undergrowth around the car park and path to Ormesby Little Broad at Filby found the following: 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 15+ Variable, 20+ Blue-tailed, 1 Large Red and 4 Red-eyed Damselflies.

  • 15th May 2018
    Surrey
    SJD
    Four-spotted and broad-bodied chasers seen on Esher Common

    10+ four-spotted chasers (libellula quadrimaculata) and similar numbers of broad-bodied chasers (libellula depressa) seen across Esher Common around Black Pond. Also a single hairy dragonfly (brachytron pratense) was disturbed twice on the heather before disappearing over the trees. Only large red damselfly (pyrrhosoma nymphula) seen in small numbers

  • 15th May 2018
    Gloucestershire
    Common Clubtail at Apperley near Tewkesbury

    A quick morning visit to Apperley on a sunny morning, yielded a newly-emerged male Common Clubtail, still with its wings closed. The only other species present were our first sighting of the year of an immature male Banded Demoiselle, and an immature male Blue-tailed Damselfly. But it was great to hear  two Cuckoos calling - one echoing the other's call! and with a curlew also calling - a species under threat and being monitored this year.

    (Our sighting of Beautiful Demoiselle at The Mythe on 14th May was also our first sighting of the year).

  • 15th May 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Benfleet Downs, Essex.

    3m + 2f  Broad bodied Chasers, 2m Hairy, 50+ Azure (many in tandem or ovipositing), 25+ Large Red (many in tandem or ovipositing), 10+ Blue tailed 

  • 15th May 2018
    Somerset
    MH
    Ham Wall

    Good numbers gathering to roost along edge of reedbed 50+Hairy Dragonfly and hundreds of Four spotted Chasers, Blue tailed damselfly and Variable damselfly and a few Red eyed damselfly

     

     

     

  • 15th May 2018
    Bedfordshire
    JCC
    First Beds White-legged Damselfly

    Amongst Downy Emeralds, Four-spotted Chasers Hairy Hawkers, Azure Damselflies and Large Red Damselflies at Sandhouse Lane NR, I spotted a single, somewhat early (for Bedfordshire) White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes). I have added it to iRecord for the survey.

  • 14th May 2018
    West Sussex
    DLS
    West Sussex

    It seems that the emergence of Common Clubtails is starting, in Sussex at least. I saw 2 tenerals on the River Arun near Amberley today. Generally low numbers of other species in the cool northerly breeze although Hairy Hawkers were evident including a mating pair and an ovipositing female. Other species present were Banded Demoiselles and Large Red Damselflies. Nearby at Burton Pond, in warmer, more sheltered conditions were both Demoiselles, Blue-tailed, Variable, Red-eyed and Large Red Damselflies (strangely, no Azure Damselflies spotted), Hairy Hawkers, Downy Emeralds and all 3 Chaser species.  

  • 14th May 2018
    Gloucestershire
    Common Clubtail, Scarce Chaser, White-legged Damselfly and Red-eyed Damselfly at The Mythe, Tewkesbury

    A visit, on a warm sunny morning to The Mythe fishing lake site near Tewkesbury yielded a total of 8 species; the highlights being a newly-emerged male Common Clubtail, an immature male White-legged Damselfly, 6 newly-emerged Scarce Chasers - 4 male, 1 female plus 1 unknown sex - with 3 three exuviae collected from the edge of the fishing lake, and 6 Red-eyed Damselflies. These were all our first sightings for the year. Also present were 4 Beautiful Demoiselle, 4 Large Red, 4 Blue-tailed  and 16 Azure Damselflies as well as tenerals not identified flying off into the vegetation.

     

  • 14th May 2018
    Surrey
    DJP
    In my garden today, Large Red Damsell

    This has occured frequently at this time over the last few years. Two Large Red Damselfly fighting for space over the pond.

  • 14th May 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Benfleet Downs, Essex.

    2m Hairy, 2m+1f Broad bodied Chasers, 25+ Azure (many in tandem), 25+ Large Red (many in tandem), 4 Blue tailed

  • 14th May 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Garden - Hullbridge, Essex

    1m Hairy - Brief flutter across garden and even briefer landing by pond before flying off. First ever sighting in garden.

  • 14th May 2018
    Warwickshire / Lapworth
    JN
    Blue-tailed Damselfly

    6 males in Lapworth locks (lock 10).

  • 13th May 2018
    London
    AR
    Banded Demoiselle

    2 male Banded Demoiselle at Walthamstow Marshes.

  • 13th May 2018
    Derbyshire
    EMC
    Large Red Damselfly Cupola Pond, Belland Lane Stonedge Derbyshire

    1 male resting on brambles at about 12.45 p.m. on Sunday 13 May 2018 Cupola Pond, Belland Lane Stonedge Derbyshire

  • 13th May 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Westbere Lakes

    A visit late afternoon to Westbere Lakes between 4 - 6 pm produced 10 Hairy Dragonfly, 7 freshly emerged Scarce Chaser, 3 Banded Demoiselle, good numbers now of Azure, Variable, Blue tailed Damselfly along with a few Common Blue Damselfly. Photos on blog as usual. 

  • 12th May 2018
    Surrey
    MH
    Downy Emerald at Thursley Common

    I made the 90 minute trip to Thursley Common this morning where arriving at 6am, there was some nice early sunshine. I managed to see 5 teneral Downy Emerald, 5 emerging and noted at least 60 exuviae, probably quite a few more. Some fantastic photo opportunities which will appear on my blog in the next few days. Quite a few Large Red Damselfly also noted.

  • 12th May 2018
    Norfolk
    TCN
    Now we have Broad-Bodied Chasers and Black-tailed Skimmers at Sutton Fen

    I can't make head or tail of this year's sightings.  Today at Sutton Fen I had freshly emerged male Broad-Bodied Chaser and male Black-tailed Skimmer.  Other sightings in the glorious sunshine were masses of Four-Spotted Chasers and Hairy Dragonflies plus Large Red, Azure and Variable Damselflies although at present the Variables  considerably outnumber the Azures.

  • 12th May 2018
    Northamptonshire
    MT
    Variable Damselflies

    Four Variable Damselflies (photographed and published on the Northants Dragonflies facebook Group) reported at a new site near Corby. I searched today but didn't see any more - weather wasn't great - but this is a very promising finding. 

  • 12th May 2018
    Highland
    AET
    Large Red Damselfly & Four-spotted Chaser

    Saw my first Large Red Damselfly and Four-spotted Chaser of the year at the RSPB Insh Marshes Reserve.

  • 11th May 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Cornmill Meadows, Waltham Abbey, Essex.

    2 Hairy, 2 Broad Bodied Chasers (1m+1f), 25+ Blue tailed, 6 Large Red, 10+ Banded Demoiselle (incl 1f).

  • 11th May 2018
    Kent
    JRM
    Hairy Dragonfly and Azure damselfly, Preston, Kent.

     

    A male Hairy dragonfly and a male Azure damselfly, at Preston garden centre today.

  • 10th May 2018
    Somerset
    PR
    Scarce Chasers out at Shapwick

    Besides the hundreds of Hairy on the wing today etc there were three fresh Scarce Chasers at Shapwick Heath, Somerset Photos as usual will appear on the blog presently

  • 10th May 2018
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC
    Downy Emerald 'swarm' at Sandpool, Cotswold Water Park

    Now I'm working in the Cotswold Water Park, I took advantage of the fine late afternoon weather and instead of heading home after work decided to visit the area at Sandpool dubbed 'dragonfly alley'. This ride between Birch saplings and a wet meadow dotted with birches has proved to be popular with odonata recently emerged and maturing. I was amazed to see between 20 -30 Downy Emeralds either swarming around the canopy feeding on clouds of midges/gnats or vying for choice sunlit positions on sprays of leaves or trunks! Groups of 4 or 5 together on the same group of leaves was common! I've seen groups of 7 to 10 together before but not this many. A bumper year I think. Mixed in with the Downys were a few Hairy Hawkers, 4-spot and my first Broad-bodied Chaser of the year. Well worth getting home late for dinner! ;o)

  • 10th May 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Blue House Farm, EWT reserve, Nth Fambridge, Essex

    1 Hairy, 4 Four spotted Chasers, 12 Blue tailed

  • 9th May 2018
    Kent
    ITC
    Large red damsels in Kent

    10+ Large Red Damselflies in the gardens of Eastgate House, Rochester.

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