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 Jun 2018
    Surrey
    PS
    Norfolk Hawker LWC

    Male Norfolk Hawker, WWT London Wetland Centre first found on 06/06/18 present again today in Wildside area; mobile across two bodies of water and perching regularly.

  • 10th Jun 2018
    Hertfordshire
    AR
    Norfolk Hawker, Amwell

    One Norfolk Hawker at Tumbling Bay Lake, Amwell. Also Emperor, 4-spot Chasers, Hairy Dragonfly, Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselfly.

  • 10th Jun 2018
    Essex
    TPC
    Aeshna affinis, Southern Migrant Hawkers,Canvey, Essex

    The ditch that runs parallel with Canvey Way, Canvey Island, Essex yielded early Aeshna affinis (Southern Migrant Hawker). One male was on the wing very briefly in a minute of brightness, had a tussel with a Broad bodied chaser, landed for a few seconds then was off. Its blue colouration had not yet reached full brightness. Also found a freshly emerged teneral which unfortunately had a couple of damaged wings. Looked like some web damage but the strong winds today whilst emerging would not of helped. One other teneral made its maiden flight as i disturbed it walking by. I would expect a lot more to emerge in the following week if we get some decent weather. Large numbers of  Scarce Emerald damselflies were in the ditch probably 200+. Ruddy Darter tenerals 100+.  Azure 50 +. Blue tailed 4, 1 Emperor, 3 Broad Bodied Chasers. I have added a couple pictures of the affinis on my rb site. Still cannot access Flickr. 

  • 10th Jun 2018
    Wester Ross
    AS
    Azure Hawkers , Slatterdale Forest

    The good weather over the weekend brought 12 Azure Hawkers out at Slatterdale Forest landing on the numerous dead logs around the site. Also 10 + Northern Emeralds were on the wing as well , some landing in the heather low down.

  • 10th Jun 2018
    Gwent
    Magor Marsh, Gwent

    Emporer male and female at the hide and male Emporer and male broadbodied chaser in one of the teens. 

  • 10th Jun 2018
    Surrey
    SJD
    11 species at West End Common

    A quick visit to the West End Common ponds where I saw - my first of the year - emerald damselflies and common darters around Margy Pond. Also seen were broad bodied chaser, four spotted chaser, black tailed skimmer, emperor and downy emerald dragons, as well as large red, azure, common blue and blue-tailed damsels.

  • 9th Jun 2018
    Essex
    SME
    Foxearth, Essex

    Foxearth Meadows, Essex: 4 x Four-Spotted Chasers, 2 x Hairy Dragonflies, 50+ banded Demoiselles, 100+ Azure Damselflies, 100+ Common Blue Damselflies, 10+ Blue-Tailed Damselflies

  • 9th Jun 2018
    Kent
    JRM
    Norfolk Hawker dragonfly, Stodmarsh NNR, Kent.

    had a walk over Stodmarsh today just after 13:00 the conditions were not brilliant weather wise, but we spotted at least 7 Norfolk Hawkers, 2 Hairy dragonflies, many Variable damselflies, common damselfly, 6 red-eyed damselfly and a couple of blue-tailed too.

  • 9th Jun 2018
    Hertfordshire
    CH
    Ruddy Darter

    My first Ruddy Darter female of the year seen well and photographed at Coopers Green gravel pits this afternoon. Also present at this site Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer inc. 2 pairs in tandem together on a footpath and Four-spotted Chaser. 

  • 9th Jun 2018
    Lincolnshire
    SRo
    Crowle Moor NNR

    A visit in not ideal conditions for some of the visit today,saw the following species and numbers being recorded: 85 Four-spotted Chaser; 15 Black-tailed Skimmer; 99 Large-red Damselfly; 3 Common Hawker(My First Of The Year); 7 Common-blue Damselfly; 89 Azure Damselfly; 9 Blue-tailed Damselfly; 1 male Hairy Dragonfly(My First Personal Record For The Site); 2 Brown Hawker(My First Of The Year)

  • 8th Jun 2018
    Middlesex
    TJW
    Hairy Dragonfly & Red-Eyed at Myddelton House Enfield

    On a follow up visit to Myddelton House Gdns, Enfield today I identified about 50 Azures, 10 Large Reds, 4 Blue-tailed similar to 5 days ago, but this time also 1 Hairy Dragonfly and 2 Red-eyed Damselflies.

  • 8th Jun 2018
    Norfolk
    DJW
    Silfield Nature Reserve, Wymondham

    Following sighting of an immature Norfolk Hawker last month I returned to this fairly isolated site and found 2 males holding territories on one of the ponds during a sunny period around midday but unfortunately no further breeding activity seen. The pond has no Water Soldier but a broad fringe of Bogbean and abundant floating pondweed and bladderwort across the surface.  Also present a male and two ovipositing female Emperor, ca. 12 Four-spotted Chasers, and several Azure, Blue-tailed, Common Blue and a single Red-eyed Damselfly.

  • 8th Jun 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Bowers Marsh.

    Four spotted chaser- at least five; Broad bodied chaser-two; Emperor- pair mating plus two other males.; Hairy dragonfly-one; Black tailed skimmer- many.

  • 8th Jun 2018
    Suffolk
    DFW
    Impressive numbers of Scarce Emerald Damselflies

    I visited "The Sink" at Redgrave and Lopham Fen SWT reserve on both 8 and 9 June.  The area is much wetter than in 2017 and the number of odonata was impressive.  The count of 25+ Scarce Emerald Damselflies equals my best ever (1 July 2016) but is three weeks earlier.  I believe that 8 June represents Suffolk's earliest sighting of this species.  Ruddy Darters were also emerging earlier than in previous years, with 60+ seen on both days.  Other species seen: Common Emerald Damselfly 15+, Azure Damselfly 100+, Common Blue Damselfly 1, Red-eyed Damselfly 2, Blue-tailed Damselfly 10+, Large Red Damselfly 10+, Norfolk Hawker 1 (on 8th), Emperor Dragonfly 2, Hairy Dragonfly 2, Four-spotted Chaser 50+, Black-tailed Skimmer 10+.

  • 7th Jun 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Norfolk Hawkers in east Kent

    Despite the dull skies this morning, I had a look at Westbere Lakes and saw 2 Norfolk Hawker, 3 Scarce Chaser and a few Variable, Azure, Blue tailed and Common Blue Damselfly. With better weather pm, I spent a few hours at Grove Ferry which produced 12 + Norfolk Hawker, 10+ Hairy Dragonfly, 2 Black tailed Skimmer, 2 Emperor Dragonfly and good numbers of Variable, Azure, Blue tailed, Common Blue and Red eyed Damselfly. 

  • 7th Jun 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Foxearth Meadows Nr Sudbury, Essex.

    2m+1f Emperor (female ovipositing), 1m Black tailed Skimmer, 13 Four spotted Chasers (some ovipositing), 3 Hairy, 100's Azure, 100's Banded Demoiselle, 1 Variable, 8 Blue tailed, 12 Red Eyed.

  • 7th Jun 2018
    West Midlands
    RP
    Red-eyed damselflies

    Park Lime Pits nr Walsall: 20 Red-eyed damselfies; Blue-tailed damselfly inc. female rufescens-obsoleta; Azure damselfly; Common damselfly; Broad-bodied chaser; Four-spotted chaser.

  • 7th Jun 2018
    Warwickshire
    PJR
    Red-veined Darters sighted at Draycote Water Reservoir

    Two adult Red-veined Darters were seen at Draycote Water by Dave Higginson-Tranter on 7th June.

  • 6th Jun 2018
    Hertfordshire
    CH
    Norfolk Hawker

    At least 3 adults patrolling where they were last year at the SW tip of Tumbling Bay Lake at Amwell NR, Herts. The only county record I am aware of. Also present on the Dragonfly Walk: Emperors (3 inc. female ovipositing), female Broad-bodied Chaser, male Black-tailed Skimmer, 100's of Common Blue, Azure and Blue-tailed Damsels plus several Large Red Damsels. 

  • 6th Jun 2018
    Sussex
    MH
    Common Clubtails in West Sussex

    A few hours spent on the River Rother in West Sussex today produced 10+ Common Clubtail Dragonfly. Also hundreds of Banded Demoiselle, 4 Broad bodied Chaser, 2 Emperor Dragonfly and good numbers of Large Red Damselfly. Photos of the Clubtails now on my Blog 

  • 6th Jun 2018
    SURREY
    Boldermere

    My visit to Boldermere on 6th June saw large numbers of active 4-Spotted Chasers and Black-tailed Skimmers including mating pairs, several male Emporers including an ovipositing female, good numbers of Red-Eyed damselflies including mating and ovipositing activity, considerable numbers of  various blue damselflies and on the dragonfly exuviae front - 2 Hairy, 3 Emporer, 4-Spotted  Chaser and many Black-tailed Skimmer.

  • 6th Jun 2018
    Norfolk
    SRJ
    Strumpshaw Fen RSPB reserve, Norfolk

    17 Norfolk Hawkers, 8m + 1f Black tailed Skimmers, 6 Four spotted Chasers, 2 Hairy, 7 Scarce Chasers, 100's Azure, 25+ Blue tailed, 25+ Red eyed, 25+ Banded Demoiselle, 

  • 5th Jun 2018
    Wirral, Merseyside
    TH
    Male and two female Scarce Chasers

    A male and two female Scarce Chaser dragonflies seen mating and the females making frequent deposits on the waters surface. This is a community project and the pond was made several months ago as a wildlife friendly pond and has been planted and is continuing to be planted with varying varieties.

  • 4th Jun 2018
    East Sussex
    MRE
    Red-veined Darter

    A male Red-veined Darter briefly along the cliffs between Peacehaven & Newhaven TQ 433,011. A later search was unsuccessful. Photos on seafordbirding.blogspot.com

  • 4th Jun 2018
    Essex
    JL
    Broad bodied chaser female

    Suspect it came from our established wild life pond. Suddenly appeared in the conservatory 5 metres away. Essex CM23 Any other sightings near here?

  • 4th Jun 2018
    Worcestershire
    Worcester

    Broad-bodied Chaser: Several flying over a newly created drainage area.  The field was boggy and has recently been built on.

     

  • 4th Jun 2018
    SURREY
    Black Darters

    Highlights of Monday June 4th visit to Thursley were :- 5 Black Darter exuviae, 5 teneral Brilliant Emerald, 4 Brown Hawker exuviae, 8 teneral 4-Spotted Chasers, 5 teneral Keeled Skimmers.

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    Suffolk
    JPH
    First sighting skimmer

    One immature black-tailed skimmer O. coerulescens at Walberswick NNR Suffolk this pm.

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    Essex
    JFB
    Wake Valley Pond, Epping, Essex.

    Banded Demoiselle, 4.  Azure D/fly, 50+.  Large_red D/fly, 10+. Red-eyed D/fly, 4.  Downey Emerald, 70+.  Four-spotted Chaser,80+. Black-tailed Skimmer, 1.  Hairy D/fly, 4.  Emperor, 6.

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    Essex
    AC
    Laindon West.

    Broad bodied chaser-1, Common darter-1, Both immatures.

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    Lincolnshire
    P
    Brown Hawker..male at Crowle Moor, Lincolnshire.

    One Brown Hawker..male resting low down in the grasses at Crowle Moor nature reserve. Numerous Black-tailed Skimmers scores and scores of Four-spotted Chasers. A couple of sightings of 2 large Hawkers possible Commons or maybe Southerns or could even have been one of each, if only they would have settled for a mug shot! Weather muggy, sunny spells looking stormy at times, 22c.

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    Middlesex
    TJW
    Damselflies at Myddelton House, Enfield

    On a visit to Myddelton House Gardens I was surprised at the large number of Azure Damselflies on the lake.. There must have been 75 or more, very many of them paired and egg-laying. Also present were about a dozen Large Reds and a single Blue-Tailed.

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    West Midlands
    JN
    Solihull / Olton Mere

    Red eyed Damselfly in tandem and 20+ males, 1 Large red Damselfly (male), 1 Banded Demoiselle (male) and 1 Common blue Damselfly in copulation. 

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    Leics - Notts
    SJM
    Scarce Chaser River Soar Ratcliffe

    Two females at same location as reported in 2016 on River Soar south of A453 bridge at Ratcliffe, this site is some 40 miles from nearest current records in VC55

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    Somerset
    MH
    Scarce Chaser at Berrow Dunes

    10+ Scarce Chasers around ponds at Berrow Dunes also in area Emperor dragonflies, Black tailed skimmer , Four spotted Chaser and Banded demoselle

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    Hampshire
    SJM
    Alton, Hampshire

    Hartley Mauditt pond is a small fishing pond on the Upper Greensand between Alton and Selborne. It holds a small number of Dragonflies and on 3 June this included the following: Beautiful Demoiselle. Banded Demoiselle. Azure Damselfly, Blue-Tailed Damselfly and Red-Eyed Damselfly - there are water lilies present which always encourages the latter. A broad-bodied chaser was in farmland close by.

    Meanwhile King's Pond, Alton is normally notable for its complete lack of dragonflies. It is a former mill pond on the River Wey, close to the source of the river, which flows through the pond, on chalk. I have been been visiting it for years, and hardly ever seen anything. However on 3 June I recorded my first ever Red-Eyed Damselflies there - with a mated pair and 3 other males. 

    Along the River Wey below the pond, where the river flows through an industrial estate, there were good numbers of both Beautiful and Banded Demoiselle, but these never seem to visit the pond.

     

     

     

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    Oxfordshire
    SFB
    Clubtail at Goring

    One male Clubtail on the River Thames at Goring, just before the Railway Bridge (SU603795). A male showing signs of maturity. See photo here.

  • 3rd Jun 2018
    Devon
    PMV
    Libellula fulva Scarce Chaser female

    Libellula fulva Scarce Chaser female at the Countesswear sludge beds, River Exe, Exeter.

    picture via link on my initials.

  • 2nd Jun 2018
    Co Antrim
    AR
    Irish Damselfly

    Montiaghs Moss: 1 male Irish Damselfly on wing with c100 Azure and Variable. Record photo available

  • 2nd Jun 2018
    Surrey
    MH
    Brilliant Emeralds at Thursley Common

    6 emerging / emerged Brilliant Emeralds (2 female) seen around the Moat Lake at Thursley Common. Also c12 Downy Emerald as well as Four spotted Chasers, Red eyed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly and Blue tailed Damselfly. Lots of photos on my Blog of the Brilliant Emeralds.

  • 1st Jun 2018
    Isle of Wight
    PJH
    The Isle of Wight Southern Emerald Damselflies

    Seven immature Southern Emerald Damselflies seen today emerging from their established Island site.https://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/41776113354/in/dateposted/

  • 1st Jun 2018
    Merseyside
    PHS
    Red-veined Darters in Merseyside

    Three male Red-veined Darters were photographed this afternoon (1st June) on a Natterjack Toad scrape (no. 169d) at Ainsdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve. Also present Common Blue Damselflies, Emperors, Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chasers and Black-tailed Skimmers. 

  • 1st Jun 2018
    SURREY
    THURSLEY SURREY

    Todays highlights were :- A Brown Hawker Exuvia, 7 recently emerged Brilliant Emerald Dragonflies with exuviae ( 3-Male, 4-Female) as well as 4 vacated Brilliant Emerald exuviae. 

  • 1st Jun 2018
    Norfolk
    JM
    Lestes dryas and sponsa Norfolk

    30 plus Scarce Emerald's mixed in with Lestes sponsa found in the sedge and surrounding meadow, having emerged from the pond that I call (Sculthorpe pond). Emperor along with numerous Chasers present.

  • 1st Jun 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Norfolk Hawker in east Kent

    Grove Ferry produced at least 15 Norfolk Hawker in a few ditches including a mating pair. Also c20 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, a few Four spotted Chasers and good numbers of Variable, Azure, Blue tailed Damselfly with a few Red eyed Damselfly. A few Banded Demoiselle along the river. 

  • 30th May 2018
    Hertfordshire
    GCM
    Emperor Dragonsflies emerging

    17 Emperor dragonflies emerged from my garden pond (Hitchin, Hertfordshire) today. I am aware of egg-laying by Large Red Damselfly and Common Darter Dragonfly in the past but have not seen Emperors in the garden before. Pond is managed for wildlife (no fish) and all the emerging dragonflies climbed up the stems of Spearwort which is rooted in the depths of the pond. First dragonfly sighting in the garden this year. I wonder what else is lurking in the murky depths, other than three (1 male, 2 female) Common Newts that have been around for the past couple of weeks. The Emperor nymphs are monsters - between 50 and 60mm in length so they are probably one of the top predators in the pond.

  • 30th May 2018
    Bedfordshire
    REM
    Southern Hawker emerging on a cold, damp day

    100 percent cloud cover, 15 degrees C and still the first Southern Hawker manages to emerge from our garden pond in Linslade/Leighton Buzzard. (Just the one, though.)

  • 30th May 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Norfolk Hawkers in east Kent

    A visit to Nethergong in warm breezy conditions produced 2 Norfolk Hawker, c5 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 4 Broad bodied Chaser and good numbers of ovipositing Azure and Blue tailed Damselfly. 1 Red eyed Damselfly also noted. Moving on to Grove Ferry produced 7 Norfolk Hawker in one ditch. Also seen were c20 Hairy Dragonfly, 2 Four spotted Chaser and lots of ovipositing Variable, Azure and Blue tailed Damselfly. Photos on blog. 

  • 29th May 2018
    Caerphilly
    Dan-y-graig Nature Reserve

    Large red damselflies, about a dozen, many in tandem

  • 29th May 2018
    Caerphilly
    Cwmcarn Forest

    Large red damselflies, about 40, many in tandem

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