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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  • 26th Jun 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Goldings Hill Ponds, Epping Forest, Essex.

    2 Downy Emerald, 2 Emperor, 4 Black tailed Skimmers, 100's Azure, 25+ blue tailed

  • 25th Jun 2018
    Essex
    DFW
    Beautiful Demoiselle hanging on in Hillhouse Wood, Essex

    Today I made my first visit to Hillhouse Wood, West Bergholt, Essex since June 2014.  Beautiful Demoiselle was discovered here in 2006, not far from its main Essex site in the Roman River valley.  The stream is on the west side of the wood and the habitat is becoming more and more overgrown.  I found just one female Beautiful Demoiselle, as well as two male and two female Banded.  In 2014 I had also just located a single female, whilst in 2013 I had found two males and one female.  I wonder how long the species will manage to survive here.

  • 25th Jun 2018
    Norfolk
    JM
    Norfolk, Fellbrigg Hall Lake

    Three male Norfolk Hawkers watched and photographed today, a lovely surprise to find them here, although I understand its not the first time they have been seen here. First for me though!! Plenty of Emperor activity, found 38 exuvia along the small walled edge to the lake. 

  • 25th Jun 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Banded Demoiselle Emergence

    I was very fortunate during the week to photograph the whole emergence of a female Banded Demoiselle at night. Photos of this rarely seen event can be viewed on my blog. 

  • 25th Jun 2018
    Devon
    RAB
    Dartmoor

    Catsdor Down Gulley: Scarce Bluetail 5, Large Red Damselfly 200+, Keeled Skimmer 30+, Golden-ringed Dragonfly 4, Broad-bodied Chaser 1

    Cadover settling pools: Four-spotted Chaser 15, Bluetail 200+, Azure Damselfly 200+, Keeled Skimmer 10, Beautiful Demoiselle 10

  • 25th Jun 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Ingrebourne valley EWT reserve, Albyns Lake, Essex

    4 Emperor (incl 2 females ovipositing), 6 Black tailed Skimmers, 25+ Azure Blue, 10+ Blue tailed

  • 25th Jun 2018
    Highland (Inverness-shire)
    Brilliant Emerald

    1 male in birch and pine woodland at NH981176

  • 24th Jun 2018
    Gwynedd
    First time I've spotted a southern hawker in our field

    I believe I saw and photographed a southern hawker in our field. I think it was a male. We are turning our field into a meadow and it seems to really be improving the wildlife there. We live in Snowdonia and it's usually a bit cold for too many dragonflies - so I was very excited to see this today and to get a few nice pics as well

  • 24th Jun 2018
    Scotland
    DCS
    Brilliant Emerald Argyll Scotland

    Female seen sitting on tree branch. Clear sunny day, mild breeze  

  • 24th Jun 2018
    Essex
    IHD
    7 Lestes barbarus found in Essex today.

    Today I found 7 Lestes barbarus on Canvey island. 3 females and 4 males. Photos taken.

  • 24th Jun 2018
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB
    River Conder near Lancaster

    50+ Banded Demoiselles on the River Conder.  Warm sunny day.  More  on the nearby Lancaster Canal along with Blue Tailed Damselflies and a male Emperor Dragonfly flying over the water and resting occasionally on the reeds.

  • 24th Jun 2018
    Essex
    Wanstead Park, Essex

    My wife and I had an excellent day on Sunday helping out at a Bio-Blitz at Wanstead Park (organised by the local Wren Conservation Group). It was a blistering hot day with dragons and damsels everywhere. I was carrying out pond-dipping at the Perch Pond and, in the afternoon, on the Shoulder of Mutton Pond. Loads of youngsters came along and seemed to enjoy themselves, and the Perch Pond had at least 6 x Emperor (Anax imperator), Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis), loads of Four Spots (Libellula quadrimaculata - at least 20), Black-Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum), Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), Large Red Damsel (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), clouds of Common Blues (Enallagma cyathigerum), Azures (Coenagrion puella), Blue-Tails (Ischnura elegans) and Red-Eyed Damsels (Erythromma najas). There were smaller numbers at the Shoulder of Mutton but the gravel edges attracted many more Black-Tailed Skimmer including several breeding pairs, and I was delighted to find my first Small Red-Eyed Damsels (E. viridulum) of the year with at least 15 males basking on the floating algae and several tandem pairs. Thanks to my wellies and the shallow water depth I was able to approach them quite closely, and there's no doubt as to identification - the blue along the sides of segments 9 & 10 at the tip of the abdomen was quite distinct. We also had numberous water beetles and bugs (including Water Stick-Insect) and several larvae including Migrant Hawler (Aeshna mixta). Best of all, the parents of one of the children I was supervising found a White-Letter Hairstreak butterfly  in the surrounding vegetation - the fist time I've ever seen this species.  

  • 23rd Jun 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    JNW
    Great Ouse Backwater downstream from The Rhymers Weir

    The Norfolk Hawker was present again from 11:20 this morning - when the sun broke through and it began to warm up - near the bridge over the backwater at TL27307186. Also present were 12 Red-eyed Damselflies, a couple of Common Blues and half a dozen each of Scarce Chasers and Banded Demosielles.

    Incidentally this is the same site at which I recorded Lesser Emperor on 2nd July last year! 

  • 23rd Jun 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Norfolk Hawkers in east Kent

    A quick look at Grove Ferry prior to 9am produced 10 Norfolk Hawker in a brief search. Also 3 Black tailed Skimmer and 1 Emperor Dragonfly. 

  • 23rd Jun 2018
    Lincolnshire
    SRo
    Crowle Moor NNR

    An excellent visit today,in fairly good conditions,saw 14 species being recorded,with 5 first records for the year,the following are species and numbers observed: Azure Damselfly - 55; Large-red Damselfly - 54; Common-blue Damselfly - 9; Blue-tailed Damselfly - 14; Emerald Damselfly - 7; Southern Hawker - 3; Brown Hawker - 1; Common Hawker - 9; Hairy Dragonfly - 2; Ruddy Darter - 5; Black Darter - 2; Common Darter - 1; Black-tailed Skimmer - 10; Four-spotted Chaser - 16

  • 23rd Jun 2018
    Oxfordshire
    AS
    Dry Sandford Pit

    30 + Southern Damselflies ,  10 + Keeled Skimmers  and  6  Broad Bodied Chasers  made this short visit worth while. 

  • 23rd Jun 2018
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB
    North Lancs\South Cumbria

    .  At least 12 Keeled Skimmers at Birk Bank near Lancaster.  Males,  females and tenerals  Warm sunshine but windy.

  • 23rd Jun 2018
    Argyll and Bute
    VK
    Golden-ringed dragonfly at Glenbranter

    Golden-ringed dragonfly at Glenbranter, Loch Lomond, Scotland

  • 22nd Jun 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Langdon Hills

    Langdon Hilss (EWT Marks Hill & Willow Park): Large red damselfly; Common blue damselfly -Many; Azure damselfly- At least one; Blue tailed damselfly- Several; Emerald damselfly- One, Black tailed skimmer-One; Common darter- Several, all immatures.; Emperor-At least five (three males, two females); Southern hawker- One (female/immature); Four spotted chaser-One; Broad bodied chaser-One; The last two perched within a couple of feet of each other.

  • 22nd Jun 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Canvey Way ditch

    8 Southern Migrant Hawkers (all recently emerged), 1m Broad bodied Chaser, 100+ Ruddy Darters, 1m Emperor, 50+ Scarce Emeralds, 25+ Blue tailed

  • 22nd Jun 2018
    Monmouthshire
    SL
    Calopteryx virgo in urban garden

    A male Caloptery virgo flitted into my garden in Newport Gwent today, we are quite an urban area and I can't imagine where it had come from or where the nearest suitable habitat might be. They are unmistakable so i cant imagine it would be anything else.

  • 22nd Jun 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    JNW
    Great Ouse Backwater downstream from The Rhymers Weir

    A male Norfolk Hawker was watched patrolling a short stretch of the backwater north-west of the bridge at TL27307186 for over an hour. Also seen from the bridge were a Brown Hawker, Scarce Chasers, Red-eyed Damselflies, 20+ Common Blue Damselflies and Banded Demoiselles. Needless to say, I was concentrating on the Norfolk Hawker so didn't really get an accurate count of the other species! 

  • 22nd Jun 2018
    Buckinghamshire
    DMF
    Southern Emerald Damselflies

    56 Southern Emerald Damseflies in scrub near a small pond that dried up last year. The site is 1km east of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

     

     

     

  • 22nd Jun 2018
    Devon
    PMV
    Cordulegaster boltonii f Golden-Ringed Dragonfly

    Cordulegaster boltonii f  Golden-Ringed Dragonfly in a gorse bush on Dartmoor beside the B3357 close to the Cherrybrook bridge.

    Picture via my initials link.

  • 22nd Jun 2018
    East Sussex
    ST
    White-legged Damselfly in Sussex

    I visited Piltdown Pond in East Sussex on Friday afternoon. This is a decent-sized pond in the Low Weald with some good patches of floating vegetation. In a couple of hours I recorded eight species including my target species, the White-legged Damselfly. One of the two 'Featherlegs ' I saw was caught in a stray strand of spider silk, which I picked off with no harm done. I had a nice view as it perched on my finger.

    Species and numbers seen were as follows: Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)  2; White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes)  2; Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)  2; Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)  29; Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)  5; Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)  120; Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas)  5; Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)  12.

  • 22nd Jun 2018
    Devon
    PMV
    Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens. Mating.

    Several mating pairs along a roadside ditch/stream adjacent to Challacombe farm, East Dartmoor.

    pic link via my initials.

  • 21st Jun 2018
    North Yorkshire
    HJW
    20 June 2018

    Two or three Keeled Skimmers seen at Fen Bog, North Yorkshire in very breezy conditions.

  • 21st Jun 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    South Hanningfield reservoir EWT

    4 Black tailed Skimmers, 20+ Ruddy Darters, 10+ Common Blue, 6 Azure, 4 Blue tailed, 3 Emerald

  • 21st Jun 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Canvey Way ditch

    25+ Scarce Emerald, 50+ Ruddy Darters, too windy for SMH's although they have been reported here already

  • 21st Jun 2018
    Hampshire
    AS
    Latchmore Brook , New Forest

    Going upstream from Ogdens Farm there were 50 + Beautiful Demoiselles 50 + Azure Damselflies , 30 + Blue tailed Damselflies ,  30 + Large Red Damselflies  plus 2 Golden Ringed Dragonflies , 2 Broad Bodied Chaser and 4 Keeled Skimmers.

  • 21st Jun 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Norfolk Hawkers in east Kent

    Having visited Grove Ferry a few weeks earlier and collected a few Norfolk Hawker exuviae, I was somewhat shocked to find some fresh ones during the week and a few nymphs under the surface. I returned during the evening till midnight and managed to photograph a female Norfolk Hawker emerging (photos on my blog). 3 .ore female Norfolk Hawker were also seen emerging. 

  • 20th Jun 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Benfleet Downs,Essex

    3 Male Emperor, 4 Male Black tailed Skimmers, 50+ Ruddy Darters, 50+ Azure, 10+ Blue tailed, 10+ Red Eyed

  • 20th Jun 2018
    Berkshire
    JWS
    White-legged Damselfly Berkshire

    Visited Butter Bottom Ponds, Crowthorne, Berkshire, where Broadmoor Staff Angling Club is based, with DM. Conditions were overcast with occasional brief sunny intervals, far from ideal. After an interval of six years since visiting this permit-only site, the mission was to check that White-legged Damselfly (WLD) were still present. Searching the edges we found 12 emergent or teneral specimens, including one emergent with its exuvia. Eight mature adult WLD were also recorded. Other species seen were Red-eyed, Common Blue, Large Red Damselfly, 2 x Emperor Dragonfly and 3 x Downy Emerald, including an ovipositing female.

  • 18th Jun 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Norfolk Hawkers in east Kent

    Despite the breezy conditions, I managed to find 10 Norfolk Hawker late afternoon at Grove Ferry which surrisingly, produced my best flight shots this season of this species (photos on blog). Also 4 Hairy Dragonfly and 1 Black tailed Skimmer. 

  • 16th Jun 2018
    Devon
    DS
    Darts Farm, Topsham

    The joint BDS/East Devon District Council meeting attracted 20 people. After a slow start due to cool temperatures, fresh breeze and rain threatening, we found four Scarce Chasers (2 males) in long grass near the fishing ponds, and later two more males at a nearby ditch as the weather improved after midday. A couple of Hairy Dragonflies and a Black-tailed Skimmer were also glimpsed, but no sign of any White-legged Damselflies (although the River Clyst here is clearly quite brackish).

  • 15th Jun 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Bowers Marsh.

    Bowers Marsh: Emperor- three males, Hairy Dragonfly-two, Four spotted chaser-at least four, Black tailed skimmer-many, Southern hawker-immature male/female from footpath to Bnfleet. Common blue damselfly, Blue tailed damselfly.

  • 15th Jun 2018
    Essex
    JFB
    Wake Valley Pond, Epping Forest.

    Large-red Damselfly 10+. Azure D/fly 100+. Common Blue D/fly 50+.

    Blue Tailed D/fly 30+. Red Eyed D/fly 6. Hairy D/fly 2. Southern Hawker 2.

    Emperor D/fly 2. Downey Emerald 20+. For spotted Chaser 30+.

    Black-tailed Skimmer 15+. Common Darter 2.

    I observed Mandarin ducklings taking a few Downey Emeralds out of the air when they hovered. They were also taking numerous damselflies.

  • 15th Jun 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Belfairs Nature reserve, Essex

    2 Southern Hawkers, 1 Male Broad bodied Chaser, 10+ Large Red, 6 Blue tailed, 25+ Azure

  • 14th Jun 2018
    Devon
    DS
    Little Bradley Ponds and Double Locks

    Four Red-eyed Damselflies were on the old (eastern) pond at Little Bradley, including a tandem pair which started egg-laying. This is the first female I've seen there in 30 years and the first suggestion of breeding, ironically on the pond with almost no floating plants (egg-laying was not on the few lilies present either!)

    At Harpers Fishing Ponds, by the Exeter Canal at Double Locks, there were at least 4 territorial male Scarce Chasers: a potentially new breeding site for the species. A few Red-eyed Damselflies also here. Later, another male Scarce Chaser was in a nearby ditch close to the River Exe, where a couple male Red-eyed Damselflies were sitting on logs and two female White-legged Damselflies sheltering in a hedgerow.

  • 13th Jun 2018
    Norfolk
    TCN
    Great Sightings at Sutton Fen today with my first Emerald Damselflies and Brown Hawkers for the Year.

    The dragonflies were out in droves in the sunshine at Sutton Fen today.  The sightings included Azure, Blue-tailed, Emerald, Large Red, Red-Eyed and Variable Damselflies.  Black-tailed Skimmers, Brown Hawkers, Common Darters, Emperor, Four-Sportted Chasers, Hairy, Norfolk Hawkers and Southern Hawker.  And not to be outdone several Swallowtail Butterflies deemed to make an appearance!

  • 13th Jun 2018
    Essex
    MH
    Southern Migrant Hawkers in Essex

    A good look at the ditch that runs parallel with Canvey Way, Canvey Island produced an excellent 54 teneral Southern Migrant Hawkers today. All flew up and over to the saltmarsh. I managed to photograph 2 with their exuviae having just emerged and found c15 exuviae with some collected. Also seen were 200 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, c50 Ruddy Darter, 1 Black tailed Skimmer and a few Azure and Blue tailed Damselfly. Photos will appear in due coarse on my blog. Looks likely to be a good season hopefully.

  • 13th Jun 2018
    Cheshire
    AG
    Scarce blue-tailed Damselflies in Cheshire

    7male Scarce blue-tailed damselflies near Mow Cop in Cheshire.Also on site 2 Emperor,7 Broad-bodied Chasers,1 Four-spotted Chaser,10 Large-red and 25 Azure Damselflies.(JR,AS,AG)

  • 13th Jun 2018
    Hampshire
    pdw
    Red-veined Darters

    At least four male Red-veined Darters were on the boating lake on Southampton Common on 13th June. I returned on friday but saw only two in cloudy conditions. 

  • 12th Jun 2018
    Staffordshire
    DG
    Southern Hawkers from garden pond

    This year seems to be the best ever for Southern Hawkers in my small garden pond in North Staffs. I have previously only seen 2 or 3 emerging per year. This year so far I have seen a minimum of 16 emerge over the last 3 days. Azure and Large Red Damselfly numbers in the pond are also much higher this year and a male Broad-bodied Chaser last week was another first for the pond.

  • 12th Jun 2018
    Staffordshire
    DG
    Broad-bodied Chaser at Sainsburys

    Yesterday at the wildlife ponds at Sainsburys in Leek there were 2 Broad-bodied Chasers, 3 Emperor Dragonflies and good numbers of Common and Azure Danselflies

  • 11th Jun 2018
    Devon
    DS
    Scarce Chasers Exminster

    A check of the main ditches on Exminster Marshes revealed a record site total of 46 Scarce Chasers (43 males; previous maximum 10!). Only a few Hairy Dragonflies seen (1 exuvia), plus 2 Red-eyed Damselflies, Four-spotted Chaser, masses of Azure Damselflies and a few Large Reds and Blue-tails.

    A quick circuit of Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot, produced 1 Downy Emerald, 1 or 2 Hairy Dragonflies, half a dozen Red-eyed Damselflies, 11 Black-tailed Skimmers, a few Emperors and Blue-tails, and lots of Common Blue and Azure Damselflies.

  • 11th Jun 2018
    Caerphilly
    CT
    Twmbarlwm Mountain

    Emporer dragonfly male near the summit. 

  • 11th Jun 2018
    Cheshire
    AG
    Scarce blue-tailed Damselflies in Cheshire

    6male and 3 female Scarce blue-tailed Damselflies near Mow Cop in Cheshire.Two tandem pairs seen at this sensitive site.(AG,DS,AR,IB)

  • 11th Jun 2018
    Cheshire
    RAO
    Small Red Damselfly

    Weekend June 10th and 11th - Small Red Damselfly seen tandem mating and laying eggs in small garden pond in Cheshire

  • 10th Jun 2018
    Herts
    TJW
    Southern Hawker, immature in South Mymms

    This morning I was surprised to find a newly emerged Southern Hawker in my garden in Souh Mymms. 

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