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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  • 1st Jul 2017
    Suffolk
    TPC

    Alton, Water, Tattingstone, Lemon Hill North, Suffolk.

    Species today, Black tailed skimmer, Four spots, Ruddy Darter, Emperor, Brown Hawker, Blue tailed, Small red eyed and Azure damsels.

    Sorry no photos on my Flickr site this season, cannot log into my account?

  • 1st Jul 2017
    Kent

    Copulating pair os White-legged Damselflies seen on the river darenth at Lullingstone CP, Eynsford. Small numbers of common blue and blue-tailed damsels also. 

  • 26th Jun 2017
    Lincolnshire
    SRo

    Messingham Sand Quarries,North Lincolnshire.

    A survey around the reserve today saw the following being recorded:

    149 Azure Damselfly

    283 Common-blue Damselfly

    340 Blue-tailed Damselfly

    8 Emerald Damselfly

    1 Red-eyed Damselfly

    4 Hairy Dragonfly

    11 Brown Hawker

    2 Southern Hawker

    2 Emperor

    27 Four-spot Chaser

    4 Black-tailed Skimmer

    7 Common Darter

    1 Ruddy Darter

  • 26th Jun 2017
    Essex
    SME

    Foxearth Meadows Nature Reserve. 21°C, sunny, no wind.

    50+ Banded Demoiselles; 30+ Willow Emeralds, 5+ Brown Hawkers, 100+ Azure Damselflies; 2 x Black Tailed Skimmers; 8 x Four Spotted Chasers, 1 x Emperor, 1 x Hairy Dragonfly

  • 26th Jun 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Goldings Hill Ponds, Loughton, Essex - 6 Four spot, 1 Emperor (m), 2 Downy Emerald,

  • 26th Jun 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Connaught Water Epping Forest - 10+m +1f Black tailed Skimmers, 3 Brown Hawkers, 1 Emperor (m), 1 Downy Emerald, 50+ Red Eyed, Azure, Blue tailed

  • 26th Jun 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Wake Pond, Epping - 3 Brown Hawkers, 3 Emperor (incl female ovipositing), 10+ Blactailed Skimmers (m), 3 Downy Emerald, 20+ Four Spot Chasers

  • 25th Jun 2017
    Yorks/Linc's
    SRo

    Crowle & Thorne Moors NNR

    A pretty pleasing visit to the area today,with the following being seen which included 13 species logged and a handfull of first records for the year:

    15 Emerald Damselfly

    21 Azure Damselfly

    7 Blue-tailed Damselfly

    30 Large-red Damselfly

    9 Common-blue Damselfly

    15 Four-spot Chaser

    4 Black-tailed Skimmer

    1 Ruddy Darter

    2 Common Darter

    17 Black Darter

    3 Southern Hawker

    3 Brown Hawker 

    10 Common Hawker

  • 25th Jun 2017
    Cheshire
    D

    Two male Black-tailed Skimmers and a male Ruddy Darter at a pool with no general access, Frodsham Marsh.

  • 21st Jun 2017
    Surrey
    LP

    Thursley Common, 6am. (temperature 17C, increasing rapidly).

    Seen in vegetation: Female Black Darter, male Small Red Damselfly. Common Darter, Azure damselflies, Common Blue dams, Emerald Damselfly, Small red-eyed damselfly, Downy Emerald, Blue tailed damselflies.

  • 21st Jun 2017
    Devon
    RNM

    Two Red-veined Darters ( one a really bright male ) at Middle Soar this morning, over crops but using hedgerow as shelter from easterly breeze force 3. Also two Golden-ringed Dragonflies on site.

  • 21st Jun 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV

    Stunning male Lesser Emperor on West Cambridge Lake (TL424587, newish lake just west of the Sports Centre). Quite mobile and getting hassle from the Emperors. Also Four-spotted Chasers and Black-tailed Skimmers. Common Blues, Azure, Red-eyed and Blue-tailed Damselflies, no Small Red-eyed yet.

  • 21st Jun 2017
    Essex
    NDP

    Both male and female seen around wildlife pond.

  • 21st Jun 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Red-veined Darter's showing well on Kelling Water Meadows, North Norfolk. Between 12 and 15 males, mainly flying over the water, several along the usual dirt tracks. One pair in tandem and ovipositing another female seen along the dirt tracks.

    Black-tailed Skimmers and Emperor's also present

  • 21st Jun 2017
    Isle of Wight
    ER

    Southern Hawker at Walter's Copse, Newtown, Isle of Wight this afternoon.

  • 21st Jun 2017
    Somerset
    MAH

    Shapwick NNR highlights Scare Chaser 30+, Brown Hawker 5+ , Red eyed damselfly 100+ and a few Small red eyed damselfly.

  • 20th Jun 2017
    Isle of Wight
    PJH

    A teneral Small Red-eyed Damselfly and an adult male seen at a garden pond at Shalfleet on the Isle of Wight today.https://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/35262371592/in/dateposted/

  • 20th Jun 2017
    Lincs
    PL

    I am pleased to report that the colony of Variable Damselfies is still present on the banks of the River Idle near Haxey Grange Fen. Several were seen today in the company of Common Blue, Azure, Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies and literally hundreds and hundreds of Banded Demoiselle along with my earliest ever record for Southern Hawker

  • 20th Jun 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    TM

    Tony Martin, a friend who is a birder/photographer, emailed me a photo of what he thought was either a Common or Ruddy Darter today. It is in fact a mature male Red-veined Darter. This was at Coate Water Country Park on the edge of Swindon and constitutes the first record of this species for the park and also the first record for North Wilts [VC7] for many years! A record shot he took is on the Wilts Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/441544116004916/?multi_permalinks=832009... He will be going back tomorrow to see if it's still there and obtain better images.

  • 20th Jun 2017
    Dorset
    OJF

    A few hours in scorching heat at Longham Lakes produced at least 2 Lesser Emperors frequenting the SE corner of the North Lake, along with 2 male Red-veined Darters patrolling low over the water about 20m further west along the 'causeway'. Black-tailed Skimmers were seen here in good numbers, & a single Scarce Chaser was the only other highlight.

  • 20th Jun 2017
    Surrey
    NA

    Chobham Common, Surrey. Golden-ringed Dragonfly, 3 male, 2 female Keeled Skimmer, 4 m Broad-bodied Chaser, 8 Emperor, , 10+ Four-spotted Chaser, 100+ Azure Damselfly, 12 Large Red Damselfly 

  • 20th Jun 2017
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB

    While sitting in the shade beneath a tree on this very hot day beside the River Winster near Low Low Wood (Yes there are two Lows!) watched Beautiful Demoiselles flying over the water and resting on waterside plants.  Males, females and tenerals.  Lots of Red Admiral butterflies around too.  

  • 20th Jun 2017
    Somerset
    MAH

    Dunkery Beacon One Golden ringed dragonfly and at least 2 Common Hawkers seen on moorland

  • 20th Jun 2017
    Worcs
    MTA

    Making a welcome return after two years, 5 Red-veined Darters at Pirton Pool, Worcs today. Mostly seen from the south end.

  • 19th Jun 2017
    Norfolk
    PWS

    At least 3 male Red-veined Darters at Taverham Storm Pond (52.669502, 1.187305), north-west of Norwich this morning. Also Emperor (8+), Black-tailed Skimmer (many), Four-spotted Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Banded Demoiselle.

  • 19th Jun 2017
    Devon
    SDW

    Fantastic couple of hours at Lower Bruckland Ponds this afternoon. The highlight being a male Lesser Emperor over the top pond at 3pm - the third I've found here over the years. It was soon chased away to the next pond down by a patrolling Emperor, but no doubt some further searching will relocate it (I had to leave soon after).

    Also 5+ Small Red-eyed Damselflies (my first of the year), 9 Scarce Chaser (7 lone males plus an ovipositing pair), 5 Four-spotted Chaser, 20+ Black-tailed Skinner, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 Banded Demoiselle and 2 Beautiful Demoiselle.

  • 19th Jun 2017
    Essex
    AWS

    Marsh farm cp south woodham ferrers

    In the borrowdykes

    A very restless male lesser emperor giving good close views. Also 31 blacktailed skimmer plus a pair, 10 emperors including two females ovipositing, 3 newly emerged common darter.

    One smallish male emperor made the mistake of going into reed margin where it was ambushed and taken by a reed warbler

    A very hot day

  • 19th Jun 2017
    South Yorkshire
    DJW

    Potteric Carr, Doncaster

    Male Lesser Emperor and Red-veined Darter on Willow Pool. Other species 10Emperor 2Hairy Hawker 1BBChaser 35Four-sp. Chaser 8Black-tailed Skimmer 1Common Darter 8Banded Demoiselle 4Large Red Dam plus lots Common Blue, Azure & Bl-t Dams

  • 19th Jun 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    West Canvey Marshes, RSPB reserve. 2 Black tailed Skimmers, 1 Emperor (m), 30+ Ruddy Darters, 10+ Scarce Emerald (at third viewing point), 10+ Blue tailed

  • 19th Jun 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Benfleet Downs - Emperor 2m +1f ovipositing, 2f Broad bodied Chasers, 100+ Blue tailed, 3 (Scarce?)Emerald

  • 19th Jun 2017
    Dorset
    MGN

    At RSPB Arne, heathland pond, 2 emperor male; 1 female ovipositing; 2 keeled skimmers; small red damsels in wheel, one unlucky male azure? damsel with last 4 segments of a female stuck to genitalia.

  • 18th Jun 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HC

    Brown Hawkers (5 seen) on the wing, mature and hunting, at Woodwalton Fen for the BDS walk. Total 11 species, with masses of Azure, and fair numbers of Large Red, Variable, Red-eyed and Blue-tailed Damselflies & Banded Demoiselle. Also plenty of Four-spotted and Scarce Chasers, Emperor and teneral Common Darter. Plenty of beetles too!

  • 18th Jun 2017
    Norfolk
    KT

    Very hot day today at Strumpshaw Fen. In which i saw Many Four Spotted Chasers and Norfolk Hawkers plus 1x Hairy Dragonfly and Scarce Chaser many Common Blue Damselfys  3x Banded Demoiselle 1x Emerald and Blue Tail Damselflys

  • 18th Jun 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - clear skies, 29 degrees C, mid morning. 3 Brown Hawkers. This is approximately 2 weeks earlier than previous first sightings I have for this site. 1000's Common Blue Damselflies, 1 Azure Damselfly, 8 Hairy Dragonfly, 20+ Red-eyed Damselfly, 7 Black tailed Skimmer, 1 Scarce Chaser.

     

  • 18th Jun 2017
    Kent
    MGB

    Visited westbere lakes, Kent on Sunday 18th June. In lovely warm weather and bright sunshine we watched up to 20 scarce chasers and at least 12 Norfolk hawkers patrolling the ditches to the north of the river. Smaller numbers of blue-tailed damsel, common blue and azure. Also Banded Demoiselle on the river stour. 

  • 18th Jun 2017
    Suffolk
    DFW

    I returned to 'The Sink' at Redgrave and Lopham Fen NNR today. The pool in the centre of the area is now completely dry.  I searched the area for well over an hour before finding my first Lestes, a female Common Emerald Damselfly.  A little later I found a female Scarce Emerald Damselfly.  Given that the latter species has been on the wing for a while at some of the Norfolk sites, I wonder if 2017 will be a poor year for this species at Redgrave (in contrast to 2015 and 2016)?

    I then travelled to Market Weston Fen and was very pleased to find single male and female Scarce Emerald Damselflies by the main pond (the one with the information board).  These were my first sightings at Market Weston since 2010.

    Looking at 'Suffolk Dragonflies' (Mason and Parr) I believe that these records represent the earliest ever sightings of Scarce Emerald Damselfly in Suffolk.

     

  • 18th Jun 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PJR

    A visit to Alkborough Flats nature reserve produced 2 Emperor Dragonflies, 25+ Ruddy Darter, 2 Hairy Hawkers and 20+ Four-spotted Chasers. We spoke to a Person on the reserve who had seen a Lesser Emperor and had it confirmed by another person ( wish I had seen that!). The weather was hot with a little breeze, temp 29/30c.

  • 18th Jun 2017
    Somerset
    MAH

    At least 15 Scarce Chaser present.

  • 17th Jun 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Scarce Emerald's are scarce on Hempton Common at the moment, managed to find the first mature male Lestes dryas today, previous visits produced two female Lestes dryas and two immature males, the first Ruddy Darter taking its maiden flight noted today.

  • 17th Jun 2017
    Essex
    KT

    Hockley Woods: Very hot day today and saw 1 Broad Bodied Chaser

  • 17th Jun 2017
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB

     In hot sunshine while walking a stretch of the River Conder, Conder Green near Lancaster 30+ Banded Demoiselles.  Males, ovipositing females and tenerals. Also along the nearby Lancaster Canal at least 6 others flying over the water. Also Common Blues and Blue tailed damselflies.

  • 17th Jun 2017
    Lincolnshire

    Norfolk Hawker seen (& photographed) at Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve, (Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Reserve) South Lincolnshire.

  • 17th Jun 2017
    Dorset
    MGN

    On path to NT hide 2 Beautiful Demoiselles and a Downy Emerald.

  • 16th Jun 2017
    Hampshire
    NM

    Sighting at Bartley Wood Hook 16 Jun 17  2x Teneral Common Darter, 10+ Broad bodied Chaser 6+ Four Spotted Chaser 2 Southern Hawker numerous Common Blue Damsels 2 Large Red Damsels in Tanden  15 Jun 17 spotted  Female Emperor ovipositing

  • 16th Jun 2017
    Essex
    AC

    Langdon Hills: EWT Marks Hill & Willow Park: Emperor: At least two males.; Common darter: one, immature.; Broad bodied chaser: One female, egg laying.

  • 16th Jun 2017
    Nottinghamshire
    PJR

    A visit to Lound nature reserve (part of the Idle Valley nature reserve) produced 3 Common Darters, 4 Brown Hawkers, 2 Southern Hawkers, 25+ Four-spotted Chasers, 30+ Banded Demoiselles males and females and many Blue Damseflies

  • 16th Jun 2017
    Shropshire
    RD

    Several teneral Black Darters seen at Fenn's and Whixall Moss, Shropshire.

  • 15th Jun 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Belfairs Nature Reserve, Essex - 2m +1f Emperor, 2m Black tailed Skimmers, 2 Ruddy Darters

  • 15th Jun 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to a private wood in West Kent near Tonbridge produced 1 Golden ringed Dragonfly, 4 Broad bodied Chaser, 1 Four spotted Chaser, 2 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Brown Hawker and good numbers of Azure and Large Red Damselfly. A few White legged Damselfly were noted as were c15 Southern Hawker exuviae.

  • 15th Jun 2017
    SURREY

    Thursley Surrey: Highlights of our short visit were :- Moat Pond = 2 Teneral Keeled Skimmers, 3 Brown Hawker Exuvia ( 2 Pristine and 1 older ), Brilliant Emerald exuvia, teneral Common Darter and 1 exuvia. Central Boardwalk = Several Small Red Damselflies, many 4-Spotted Chasers and Keeled Skimmers and a female Broad-bodied Chaser giving good photo opportunities of it ovipositing close to the boardwalk.

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