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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  • 30th May 2017
    Norfolk
    TJG

    Ted Ellis trust - wheat fen showed several scarce chaser males and a few females, some mating. no norfolk hawkers but four spotted chaser, banded damsels and common/azure blues noted.

    RSPB strumpshaw: a few norfolk hawkers showed along with hairy, black-tailed skimmer, four-spotted chaser, broad-bodied chaser, emperor, blue-tailed,common and azure damsels and a few large red damsels.

  • 28th May 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Sculthorpe Common, near Fakenahm. Hot spot for Lestes dryas, at least six females and one male Scarce Emerald found today, recently emerged and resting in the ponds surrounding grasses and sedge, and a good week early for this site.  On the same pond were male/female Broad-bodied Chasers, seen mating, Four-spotted Chaser also mating now.

    Along a near-by ditch running through the flood meadow were, three male Hairy Dragonflies and six Four-spotted Chasers, and three Banded Demoisells.

  • 28th May 2017
    Cambridge
    SM

    Two Norfolk Hawkers seen at Paxton Pits along the river trail. Lots of Veriable and Banded Demoiselle. Found unusual Variable Damselfly that was two segments short. https://www.flickr.com/photos/39270801@N06/34782904692/in/dateposted/  

  • 28th May 2017
    Surrey
    Djp

    Over my pond, used to seeing the large reds, today there were two in cop and a male near by. Also,  and a first I think, a broad bodied chaser. It flew around but didn't stay or settle, nice to see.

  • 28th May 2017
    Somerset
    CEI

    Loads of White-legged Damselflies and Banded Demoiselles in the long grass fringing the Brue from Baltonsborough downstream to Glastonbury today; also both species noted along the main drain of King's Sedge Moor.

  • 28th May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    IMW

    Many exuviae in the soldier weed and at least 10 Norfolk Hawkers on the wing on and around Hayling lake at Paxton Pits. In addition 3 Hairy dragonflies, 3 Scarce chasers, 9 Four spot chasers, hundreds of variable damselflies, lesser numbers of common blue and azure damselflies and banded demoiselles, red-eyed and blue-tailed damselflies.

     

  • 28th May 2017
    Norfolk
    IG

    The warm weather has certainly brought the Odanata to life at Strumpshaw Fen. A good today with plenty of Dragonflies including  Norfolk Hawers, Four Spottted Chasers, Scarce Chasers and Hairy Dragonflies,, along with lots of Damselflies with Large Red, Azure, Blue Tailed, Red Eyed, and a couple of Banded Demoiselles.

  • 28th May 2017
    Essex
    AC

    Wat Tyler Country Park: Four spotted chaser- 1; Hairy dragonfly-1; Large red damselfly- many; Common blue damselfly- many; Blue tailed damselfly- at least one.

  • 28th May 2017
    North Devon
    RTM

    Male broad bodied chaser seen around our field pond at the foothills of Exmoor near Combe Martin

  • 28th May 2017
    Kent
    MH

    1 Norfolk Hawker seen in the stream at Nethergong Campsite, just north of Grove Ferry. Also noted were good numbers of Azure, Blue tailed and Large Red Damselfly with a few Variable, Red eyed and Common Blue Damselfly as well as a few Hairy Dragonfly. I also saw quite a few Banded Demoiselle on the stream and made the most of the opportunity to get up early to photogreaph one at sunrise. Photos can be seen on my blog. 

  • 28th May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    CQ

    At series of variable depth ponds over last few days - very many pairs of Azure damselflies copulating (30+), many red-eyed (but not sure which type)(10+) and bluetail damsels (10+), at least two four spot chasers. Also one small red damsel seen and at least two large red damsels.

  • 28th May 2017
    Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire
    PJR

    A visit to Crowle and Thorne Moors, 2 reserves that are joined, Crowle being in Lincolnshire and Thorne, Yorkshire. Spotted and photographed 2 Broad-bodied Chasers and 2 Hairy Hawkers on Crowle (a male Hairy Hawker seen eating a Large Red Damselfly! see photo) On Thorne we saw 5 Hairy Hawkers and a Black-tailed Skimmer.

  • 28th May 2017
    Devon
    DS

    In cloudy and cool (but at least dry!) conditions, nine of us circled Stover Lake and looked at some of the surrounding ponds during the morning. The highlights were finding 6 Red-eyed Damselflies and a Hairy Dragonfly exuvia, with brief appearances by first a female and then a male of the latter. Another highlight for some was finding Four-spotted Chasers emerging, including one in the ‘resting phase’ which eventually was seen to reach forward and extract its abdomen. As the afternoon saw no improvement in the weather, we abandoned the idea of going to Little Bradley Ponds.

  • 27th May 2017
    Leicestershire
    IR

    27/05/17 1:30pm

    Female Black tailed skimmer two foot outside window of buried hide at Kelham Bridge a Leicestershire wildlife trust reserve between Ravenstone and Ibstock just before Sence valley National Forest Park in Leicestershire.

    Suspect only recently emerged as perched on grass blades and ignored me holding my mobile phone close by.

    Other dragonflies and a blue damselfly evident flying around but unable to catch them with my binoculars but either more skimmers

    or possibly broad bodied chasers or common darters but unable to verify

  • 27th May 2017
    Lancashire
    PJM

    Following yesterday's report from hilbre went to check Middleton model boat pond, Lancashire, and sure enough there were three probably four male Red-veined Darters doing their usual stuff low over the water. They have bred at this site but were inexplicably unrecorded last year after loads of ovipositing in 2015.   So presumably we have to view these as migrants mysteriously homing in on this favoured site???

    [ Webmaster's note: In northern Britain and cold water, some species take two or more years as larvae before emerging. However, the timing would be something of a co-incidence, given the current influx of this species elsewhere around the country, apparently brought in by warm, southerly winds. ]

  • 27th May 2017
    Suffolk
    JPH

    North Cove reserve near Beccles, Suffolk. Sightings today pm - Brachytron pratense, Libellula fulva, L. quadrimaculata, Aeshna isoceles, Orthetrum cancellatum, Pyrrhosoma nymphula, Coenagrion puella ........ 

     

  • 27th May 2017
    Norfolk
    TCN

    A freshly emerged Black-tailed Skimmer with wings glinting in the sunshine at Sutton Fen today together with numerous Norfolk Hawkers and Four-Spotted Chasers, plus Broad-bodied Chaser and Hairy Dragonflies, also, Red-Eyed, Variable, Azure, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies.

  • 27th May 2017
    Essex
    JRM

    if White-legged damselfly, m large red damselfly, 5 banded demoiselle.

    Abridge garden centre.

  • 27th May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - clear skies (am) broken cloud (pm), 24 degrees C , windy: Over a thousand Common Blue Damselfly across the Reserve and 100+ Red-eyed Damselfly. Blue-tailed (90+) Variable (9) and Azure (4) Damselflies, 3 Scarce Chaser, 2 Four Spotted Chaser, 5 Hairy Dragonfly

  • 27th May 2017
    Devon
    DS

    During a training day for volunteers at Seaton Wetlands, in less than perfect weather, we saw 10 species, including dozens of recently emerged White-legged Damselflies on the Axe and c10 Scarce Chasers (including a mating pair) and three emergent Black-tailed Skimmers at Lower Bruckland Ponds.

  • 26th May 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    On Esher Common this morning; broad-bodied chaser, emperor, hairy, four-spotted chaser, black-tailed skimmer, brilliant emerald (but could have been downy), large red, blue-tailed and azure damselfly. Given the week of warm weather we have had I was surprised to see very few odonata, with only the damsels seen in good numbers. The dragons were either singular specimens or in single figures across the common.

  • 26th May 2017
    Surrey (London)
    BB

    Lots of Dragonfly activity on Wimbledon Common today, including Red-eyed Damselfly (Queensmere), Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chasers plus Hairy Dragonfly (Hookhamslade Pond), Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chasers plus Emperor Dragonfly (Bluegate Pond). The latter is now so reduced by lack of rain that it comprises 3 pondlets joined by shallow bits that are more like marsh. Azure Damselflies and some Large Red Damselflies all over, with much ovipositing, but no Common Blue Damselflies as yet.

  • 26th May 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Red River nr.Bell Lake, Camborne

    Sunny very hot,strong SE wind.

    3 male Emperor, 5 male and 6 female Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 male and 1 female teneral 4-Spot, 25+ all immature Keeled Skimmer, 1 female Black-tailed Skimmer, 4 male and 5 female Beautiful Demoiselle, 25+ Large Red, 150+ Azure, small numbers Common and Blue-tailed Damsels, 1 Golden-ringed glimpsed flying and 2 adult male Red-veined Darter, feeding and perching late afternoon.

  • 26th May 2017
    Hampshire
    PDW

    Despite windy (but very warm) conditions I saw 6 Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies, 28 Southern Damselflies 5 Small Red Damselflies amongst the commoner species at the Latchmore Brook today. A few record shots are on the blog.

  • 26th May 2017
    SE Yorkshire (VC61)
    MR

    Hairy Dragonflies plentiful and highly visible along the Leven Canal near Beverley today, especially in the middle section near the airfield.  Large numbers of Red-eyed Damselflies ovipositing in the same area.  

  • 26th May 2017
    Essex
    KT

    Good day today at Beeleigh Falls in the very warm sunshine. 3x Hairy Dragonfly,Four Spotted Chaser and Scarce Chaser, many Banded Demoiselles male and female, also good numbers of Large Red, Red eyed,Blue Tail,and Azure Damselflys

  • 26th May 2017
    Essex
    AC

    Langdon Hills (EWT Lincewood/Marks Hill/Willow Park):

    Large red damselfly- many.

    Common blue damsefly- many (including many mating/ovipositing pairs).

    Blue tailed damselfly- One or two.

    Red eyed damselfly- at least ten.

    Emperor- one immature male.

    Hairy dragonfly- one male.

    Broad bodied chaser- at least five, including a female ovipositing, guarded by a male.

    Black tailed skimmer- one immature male.

  • 26th May 2017
    North Yorkshire
    Nm

    In Ainderby Steeple this morning, 15+ Banded Demoiselle, 20+ Azure damsels, 5 Blue-tailed and single Large Red.

  • 26th May 2017
    Essex
    JRM

    Late afternoon at Wake Valley Pond, Epping. 5 Downy emerald dragonfly, Hairy Dragonfly and 3 Blue-tailed damselfly.

  • 25th May 2017
    ESSEX
    KT

    Today in Central park 3x Banded Demoisells, many Red Eyed and common Blue and 1x Large Red Damselflies

  • 25th May 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Windmill  Farm, CWT. Lizard, Cornwall: Hot, clear sunshine all day. Strong SE wind. 1 adult male Red-veined Darter over water.   4+ adult male Emperor. 1 female taken in pairing.   2 male Broad-bodied Chaser. 1 female ovipositing.  15+ 4-Spot, inc. pairs and ovi. 5+adult male Black-tailed Skimmer, also females ovi.  and 4+  teneral.  4 male, 4 female Beautiful Demoiselles.  Many Common Blue Damsels,  fewer Azure. Low numbers of Large-red and Blue-tailed. 

  • 25th May 2017
    Isle of Wight
    PJH

    Several teneral Emerald Damselflies observed today at an Isle of Wight forest pond.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/34079750073/in/dateposted/

  • 25th May 2017
    Isle of Wight
    PJH

    Numerous teneral Ruddy Darters at a shallow scrape pond on the Isle of Wight yesterday.

  • 25th May 2017
    Devon
    RNM

    Male seen close up over winter wheat field at Southdown Farm, Bolberry, South Devon.

  • 25th May 2017
    Devon
    PMV

    2x Broad Bodied Chasers on woodland ride, Haldon Hill. OS ref. SX915 817. Woodland on one side of the path and scrub on the other. 2 females were patrolling along the woodland edge.

  • 25th May 2017
    Devon
    RNM

    25th May - Male Red-veined Darter over winter wheat field at Southdown Farm, Bolberry, South Devon mid-morning.

  • 24th May 2017
    Norfolk
    TCN

    Norfolk Hawker, Hairy, Four-Spotted Chaser Dragonflies, Red-Eyed, Large Red, Azure, Variable and Blue-tailed damselflies all enjoying the sun today at Sutton Fen.

  • 24th May 2017
    Essex
    AWS

    Woodham Fen EWT Essex: In amongst the numerous azure, common blue and blue tailed damselflies,  were a emerald damselfly and two hairy dragonflies

     

  • 24th May 2017
    Norfolk
    DJM

    Two male Downy Emerald's seen at a private site in North east Norfolk, near to the old RAF base at Coltishall. 

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave27/34070271603/in/dateposted-public/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave27/34037729684/in/dateposted-public/

     

  • 24th May 2017
    Devon
    DS

    In lovely sunny weather, at least two Downy Emeralds were flying at Bystock DWT Reserve this afternoon.

  • 23rd May 2017
    Bedfordshire
    IMW

    At least 12 teneral White-legged damselflies today on the tributary of the river Ouse below the fly-over near Kempston, Bedford at midday (by A428/ King Alfred way roundabout).

  • 23rd May 2017
    North Lancs/South Cumbria
    SJB

    On a beautiful warm  sunny day  at Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve at Barkbooth Lot saw 6 Downy Emerald dragonflies, 7 Four Spotted Chasers also a male Broad bodied Chaser resting on a twig beside the pond.  Lots of Large Red, Common blue and Blue tailed damselflies.

  • 22nd May 2017
    Cheshire
    PK

    Three teneral Common Club-tails were seen along a short stretch of the River Dee at Farndon, Cheshire today.

  • 22nd May 2017
    Worcestershire
    APM

    Common Club-tail, seen about 1 mile north of Worcester city centre on the river Severn last Monday (22/05/2017).

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/andypeter/34810056976/in/dateposted/

     

  • 22nd May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    River Chelmer, Boreham. - 100+ Banded Demoiselle m+f, 20+ large Red (many ovipositing), 20+ Blue tailed, 1 Common Blue, 3 Hairy Dragonflies, poss 1 Four spot flying off.

  • 22nd May 2017
    Cornwall
    DC

    Red veined Darter sighted and photograped Falmouth Cornwall 22/05/2017

  • 22nd May 2017
    Nottinghamshire
    PJR

    A visit to Chainbridge nature reserve, Notttinghamshire, resulted in 5 female Banded Demoiselle and 22 male Banded Demoiselles. Also seen in the same area was 1female Hairy Hawker and 1 male Hairy Hawker.

  • 21st May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - 18 degrees C, broken cloud, windy. In excess of 500 Common Blue Damselflies. 25+ Red-eyed Damselflies some in cop, 6 Blue-tailed Damselflies, Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Scarce Chaser.

  • 21st May 2017
    Essex
    KT

    Today at Fingringhoe Wick saw 2x Hairy Dragonfly, 1x Four Spotted Chaser, Large Red and many Azure Damselflys

  • 21st May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Canvey West Marshes, RSPB reserve - 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 2 Blue tailed

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