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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  • 10th May 2017
    Hertfordshire
    GC

    1 x female Banded Demoiselle, 1 x male Blue-tailed, over half-a-dozen Azure and 4 x Large Reds @ RSPB Rye Meads.

  • 9th May 2017
    Midlothian
    PV

    On 9 May the only odonata found at Milkhall Pond, Howgate, Midlothian, VC83, was one pre-flight teneral male Large Red Damselfly.

  • 8th May 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC

    An uncommon occurance this early in May for Wiltshire; 9 species in one location! I visited the Lower Moor reserve complex at the Cotswold Water Park this afternoon and recorded: 3 male and 2 female Hairy Dragonflies, 10+ Downy Emeralds, at least 6 4-spotted Chasers [freshly emerged], 2 female Broad-bodied Chasers, thousands of Common Blue Damselflies, dozens of Azure Blues, a single male Large Red, a handful of Red-eyed and 4 Blue-tailed Damsels. Not a bad tally for a 3.5 hour stroll! Images on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/441544116004916/

  • 7th May 2017
    Dorset
    DKP

    A Male Vagrant Emperor, Studland Bay, Dorset on the 7th May. Pushed up from the long grass by my daughters dog... it flew round the Heath a couple of times (where I managed a record shot) bafore disappearing as the Sun went in. I later managed to disturb either the same individual or another Male from a spot nearby (again in the long grass), but this time it just flew off.

    Record shot on Flickr:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/rezamink/34515717805/in/photostream

  • 7th May 2017
    Anglesey
    PK

    A female Hairy Dragonfly was watched at the Alaw Estuary, Anglesey this morning.

  • 7th May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV

    Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB: 10 Hairy Dragonflies, 100+ Common Blue, 25 Variable, Red-eyed, Azure, Blue-tailed Damselfly and 10 Banded Demoiselle. Variables were along the central ditch and north of Ferry Pond. Common Blues out earlier than normal.

  • 6th May 2017
    Essex
    IHD

    A fishing lake in Chelmsford, Essex  yielded 5 species of Damselfly today including Large red, Blue-tailed, Azure, Common blue and Red-eyed.

     

  • 6th May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Benfleet Downs, Essex. Sunny intervals but continual breeze. 4 Large Red, 6 Blue tailed, 20+ Azure,

  • 5th May 2017
    Norfolk
    TCN

    Several Large Red Damselflies and a couple of Variable Damselflies were enjoying the sun at Sutton Fen today.

  • 5th May 2017
    Lancashire
    CPA

    A teneral emerged from Priory Meadow - confirmation of id from Steve Cham.

  • 5th May 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    Surprised to find a broad-bodied chaser sitting on bluebells in the Woodland Gardens of Bushy Park. Large red damselflies were also seen around the gardens.

  • 4th May 2017
    North East Yorkshire (VC62)
    MR

    North-east Yorkshire (VC62): I saw four Four-spotted Chasers fly away from two adjacent ponds on Strensall Common near York at lunchtime today and found two Azure Damselflies sheltering nearby in long grass.  Elsewhere on the Common, well away from any ponds, I stumbled on a sunny sheltered spot where about 50 Large Red Damselflies were maturing nicely.   

  • 4th May 2017
    Devon
    PMV

    Exminster Marshes afternoon turned up approx half dozen each of Azure and Large Red damselflies, with a possible female Variable damselfly. Intermittent sun and cool NE'erly, so most damsels were low down sheltering.

  • 4th May 2017
    Leicestershire
    PS

    Late afternoon around the southern end of John Merrick's Lake, Watermead Country Park, Leics. Many teneral Azure damsels, plus a couple of teneral Blue-tailed and a single teneral Common Blue. Also one near-mature Blue-tailed (violacea).

  • 2nd May 2017
    Dorset
    PR

    A total of four Four-spotted Chasers taking their maiden flights at Town Common this afternoon. Photos as always on the blog presently

  • 2nd May 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Sculthorpe Common near Fakenham, after five visits/days of searching, 90+ Large-red Damselflies decided today was the day to emerge all along the winding ditch. Most still with thier exuvia. 

  • 2nd May 2017
    Isle of Wight

    3 immature male Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo at Shalfleet Stream and a Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa at Laundry Lane, Brading Marsh RSPB Reserve. Jim Baldwin

  • 2nd May 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC

    I visited Sandpool this afternoon, part of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts Lower Moor reserve complex. I was delighted to see and photograph my first ever Wilts female Hairy Hawker! Also seen were 3 male and 1 female Downy Emeralds. Also a mass emergence of Common Blue Damselflies was taking place, with clouds being disturbed with every footstep. Thousands if not tens of thousands must have been involved. Also a few Large Reds and a single teneral male Azure Damselfly were seen. Images on our Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/441544116004916/

  • 1st May 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PJR

    A walk around Crowle Moor Nature Reserve, Lincolnshire, turned up 25+ Four-spotted Chaser...Libellula quadrimaculata, my first Dragonfly sightings of the year! Also, 100's of Large Red Damselflies. The weather was very breezy at times with sunny periods and temps of around 14c.

     

  • 1st May 2017
    Norfolk
    IG

    A first for me this year, a female Hairy Dragonfly at Norfolk's Strumpshaw Fen. With clound and a cool wind today dividends paid off  by searching the brambles in a sheltered area beside the ditch along the woodland trail.

  • 30th Apr 2017
    Essex
    IHD

    20+ Large red and 1 Azure Damselfly on Benfleet Downs today.

  • 30th Apr 2017
    Vice County Berkshire
    MG

    Variable Damselfly recorded Sunday 30th April by Martin Green at private site (part isolated backwater off Thames, fed by groundwater) just SE of Barton Fields nature reserve in Abingdon, Oxon.  Vice County 22 Berkshire.

    Ian Smith

  • 29th Apr 2017
    Isle of Wight

    Common Blue Damselfly seen during the first visit of the year to Southford, Whitwell, Isle of Wight, also one Large Red Damselfly present. This equals the earliest reported sighting of Enallagma cyathigerum for the Isle of Wight. The previous record was of two teneral at Haseley Manor in 2007.

  • 29th Apr 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC

    A visit in sub-optimal conditions to the Cotswold Water Park today turned up one odonate only - but it was a new one for the year. A very teneral female Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas). Image on our Facebook Group page.

  • 29th Apr 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV

    Fen Drayton RSPB along central ditch and river:

    5 Hairy Dragonflies, 50+ Common Blue, 3+ Variable, Blue-tailed Damselfly and 1 Banded Demoiselle

  • 29th Apr 2017
    Surrey
    PJP

    One Downy Emerald emerging from nymph and two empty exuvia nearby.  Several Large Red Damselflies flitting about too.  Thursley Common.  I captured several images of the emerging Downy Emerald and have uploaded them to my National Geographic page.

  • 28th Apr 2017
    SUFFOLK
    PAW

    Newly emerged Hairy Dragonfly in sunny glade along River Gipping at Pipps Ford Suffolk TM108538

  • 28th Apr 2017
    Kent
    JRM

    Hairy Dragonfly seen several times briefly, hawking over slightly obscured ditch, heading from Grove Ferry to Stod marsh, late morning.

  • 26th Apr 2017
    Devon
    PMV

    No damsel or dragons all afternoon at Countesswear sludge beds, Highlight was a watershrew which swam under our board-walk. weather sun/showers, chilly Northerly (we had 5 mins snow north of Honiton yesterday!).

  • 25th Apr 2017
    Surrey
    LP

    First visit of the year to Littleworth Common, Esher.

    Air chilly, but sun strong & hot. Sheltered bays in the meadow next to the ponds yielded a few finds.

    Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma nymphula: 1x Male, 1x female. Plus several Azure Damselflies Coenagrion puella: males & females.

  • 25th Apr 2017
    Surrey
    JW

    Libellula Depressa Female sighted at Woking Wetlands, Horsell Common, Woking, Surrey.

    At first I thought it was a large wasp, but when it landed on a dead stalk in the middle of a gorse bush, I realised it was a female Libellula Depressa. It blended perfectly with the living and dying gorse flowers. It stayed there sunning itself for at least 15-20 minutes, maybe longer. It was still there when I walked on. Absolutely beautiful.

  • 24th Apr 2017
    Surrey (London)
    BB

    A female Banded Demoiselle was seen in Morden Hall Park, SW London, 18 days after the very early first one, and I have been looking for them in the meantime.

  • 23rd Apr 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    A few large red and blue-tailed damselflies were seen and photographed on the Longford River in Bushy Park. The blue tailed all looked to be recently emerged.

  • 23rd Apr 2017
    Cambridge
    PJP

    Female Hairy Dragonfly at Fen Drayton Lakes.  My first Dragonfly sighting this season.  Plus around 50+ Damselfly sightings, all the ones that I could identify seemed to be common blues, many of them teneral.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Essex
    IHD

     5 blue tailed Damselflies with 10 large reds on Benfleet Downs in Essex today.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Berkshire
    CW

    Just one Common Clubtail exuvia found today along the Thames Promenade in Caversham, Reading.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Wiltshire
    PS

    Ravensroost Meadow Wilts Wildlife Trust reserve - a single teneral Large Red Damselfly near the main meadow pond.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Ceredigion
    LG

    Large red damselflies started hatching from garden pond in Llechryd, Ceredigion.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Ceredigion
    BB

    About 20 Large Red Damselflies were seen around the boardwalk on Borth Bog (aka Cors Fochno), part of the Dyfi NNR. Also a largish Dragonfly which didn't stop to be identified but by a process of elimination was probably a Hairy Dragonfly.

  • 21st Apr 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Red River LNR, Nr. Camborne. Clear cold night, clear sunny day, very warm in shelter. Large Red Damsels 40+, Azure Damsels 2 female blue form, Broad Bodied Chaser 1 female feeding around sunny gorse flowers.

     

     

  • 20th Apr 2017
    Kent
    JRM

    2 x Variable damselfly, teneral males. At Grove Ferry on vegetation along riverside.

     

     

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Somerset
    MAH

    Shapwick NNR 4 Hairy dragonflies and 20+ Variable damselflies.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Worcs.
    MTA

    Both Banded and Beautiful Demoiselle seen today along the River Stour near Kidderminster

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Hampshire
    PDW

    I came across a teneral male Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) early afternoon between the River Blackwater and Little Testwood Lake at Testwood Lakes HWT. My earliest sighting of this species - the previous was at the same site on 24/4/2014.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HC

    Though sunny a very cool breeze ~11C as we saw 4 Large Red Damseflies take maiden flights at Woodwalton Fen.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Marazion Marsh, Cornwall: Bright morning, rapidly becoming overcast, cool. 5 Blue-tailed Damselflies, 4 Large reds.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    ARF

    1 Variable Damselfly seen at Orton Pit. I was looking for Large Red Damselfly but saw a 'blue' damselfly instead. Close inspection confirmed Variable damselfly - photo taken. This is my earliest record for this species.

  • 18th Apr 2017
    Hampshire
    PR

    30+ teneral Common Blue damselflies rising from the shores of Long Lake, Bramshill Plantation today along with a count of 200+  Large Red throughout the reserve. Photos etc will appear on the blog imminently

  • 18th Apr 2017
    Devon
    PMV

    Only one Large Red Damselfly, Exminster Marshes, 5 hrs of looking. Near the Turf locks on a bramble hedge.

  • 18th Apr 2017
    Pembrokeshire
    AEC

    2 Broad-bodied Chasers emerged from garden pond in Cresselly, Pembs ,this morning 18April. Also, 5 Large Red Damselflies emerged and an additional 4 LRD exuviae were present. Weather was sunny from 9am to 1.30pm ,14'C and NE breeze bringing cloud and lower temperature later.

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