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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  • 21st May 2017
    Isle of Wight
    IG

    100+ Beautiful Demoiselle at Shalfleet Stream in groups of up to 18. This is thought to be the largest number ever reported for the Isle of Wight.

    8 Black-tailed Skimmer (first reported sighting on the Island this year), 7 Broad-bodied Chaser, 12+ Azure Damselfly and c.10 Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselfly at Bouldnor Forest, nr Yarmouth.

    Please see further updates on our Facebook page IOW Dragonflies and Damselflies https://www.facebook.com/groups/129267027262600/?multi_permalinks=686007784921852%2C685950641594233&notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1495386272391793

    Jim Baldwin

  • 21st May 2017
    Kent
    MH

    After 3 years of trying, a visit to Westbere Lakes this morning produced my first ever Norfolk Hawker exuviae. They have been breeding here for a few years now but to find an exuviae of one was a great thrill. Photos on my blog in due coarse.

  • 20th May 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PL

    A Hairy Dragonfly was found sheltering from the showers this afternoon in Langholme Wood LWT NR. These are now seen annually in the wood and surrounding area

  • 20th May 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A visit to Westbere Lakes between 7:30 - 10.45 produced 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 7 Banded Demoiselle, 4 Scarce Chaser, 1 Large Red Damselfly, 1 Common Blue Damselfly, 3 Red eyed Damselfly, good numbers of Variable and Blue tailed Damselfly with a few Azure Damselfly.

  • 20th May 2017
    SURREY

    Thursley Moat Pond - One Four-spotted Chaser emerged, One Downy Emerald emerging, One Brilliant Emerald Exuvia ( making 7 so far this year).

    Thursley Pudmore - Emerging Keeled Skimmer.

  • 20th May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV

    Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB: 6 Scarce Chasers along ditches and river, 4 Hairy Dragonflies, 100+ Common Blue, 50 Variable, Red-eyed, Blue-tailed Damselfly and 25 Banded Demoiselle.

  • 20th May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Priory Park, Southend - 10+ Blue tailed, 1 Azure

  • 19th May 2017
    Hampshire
    SSK

    A Keeled Skimmer was on Eling Great Marsh (per Simon King - warden). A female Scarce Chaser was seen during this morning's (20/5) CBC survey

  • 18th May 2017
    Isle of Wight
    PJH

    Despite overcast conditions several teneral Red-eyed Damselflies seen emerging from the pondside reeds at a large pond close to Newport,Isle of Wight.

     https://www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas/34698429986/in/dateposted/

  • 18th May 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    Visited Esher Common mainly to look for four-spotted chasers, of which there were a few that proved very elusive for my camera. I also spotted a few broad-bodies chasers (both male and female) as well as the expected large red damselflies

  • 18th May 2017
    SURREY

    Thursley Moat Pond - One emerging Downy Emerald, One well-developed Male Brilliant Emerald above its exuvia, Four emerging Female Brilliant Emerald and in a different part of the pond a vacated Brilliant Emerald Exuvia.

  • 17th May 2017
    Kent
    JRM

    Westbere lakes, late morning.: 4 x im Scarce chasers, 3 x hairy hawkers, 2 Banded demoiselle, Azure damselfly, 5 x variable damselfly, 3 x blue-tailed damselfly, 2 x red-eyed damselfy. 

  • 16th May 2017
    Essex
    IRP

    Further to report dated 12th May;  A minimum of fifteeen broad bodied chasers have now successfully emerged from my small garden pond and one large red damselfly

  • 16th May 2017
    West Sussex
    DLS

    The Common Clubtail emergence seems to be underway in West Sussex. I saw 12 freshly emerged Clubtails on the River Arun near Amberley this morning in fairly warm but still breezy weather. Also, a few Banded Demoiselles and Azure Damselflies there. Later, on the River Rother near Fittleworth two more Common Clubtails although I suspect that most of the day's emergence was over by the time of my visit there.

  • 16th May 2017
    Hampshire
    PDW

    On the centre pond at Testwood Lakes HWT I saw an Emperor (Anax imperator) larva out of the water in a position ready to emerge. Record shot on the blog.

  • 16th May 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Cut off channel, Fordham. A 5am start to find around 80+ Scarce Chasers, recently emerged and still present in the banks of Nettles and vegetation along a 500yard stretch of the river, still with exuvia in many cases. By 10am the sun was warm and some were making longer flights to nearby trees, away from the river. One Hairy noted along with one fresh exuvia. Many Red-eyed Damselflies at various stages of maturity, only one mature male noted. Azure, Common and Blue-tailed Damselflies present along with one Variable Damselfly.

  • 14th May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL

    RSPB Fen Drayton - 17 degrees C and windy. Hairy Dragonfly x6, Variable a Damselfly x 10, Azure x3, Common Blue Damselfly 40+,  Blue tailed Damselfly x7, Banded Demoiselle x 3

     

  • 14th May 2017
    Hampshire
    PR

    Among the expected today at Bramshill (records entered) was a newly emerged female teneral Black-tailed Skimmer. Photo will appear on blog and the usual outlets presently

  • 14th May 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HC

    Scarce Chasers at Woodwalton Fen. Lunchtime saw sunshine and emerging Scarce Chasers, along with teneral Four-Spotted Chaser, many Azure & Large Red Damselflies along with fresh Red-eyed Damselflies. Also exuvia of Hairy Dragonfly but no adult flying.

  • 14th May 2017
    Anglesey
    PK

    Cors Erddreiniog, Anglesey, 14th May 2017- 15 degrees, but very windy. Hairy Dragonfly x 8, Broad-bodied Chaser x4, Four-spotted Chaser x2, Variable Damselfly x3, Azure Damselfly x2, Large Red Damselfly x 60+

  • 13th May 2017
    Cheshire
    NJF

    River Dee, Aldford, Cheshire. May 13th. Two Common Clubtails (one male, other probably male) seen upstream of Ironbridge. Also one male Red-eyed Damselfly on lilypads.

     

  • 13th May 2017
    Isle of Wight
    IG

    A teneral male Red-eyed Damselfly seen at Stag Lane Pond, Newport along with an estimated 35 each of Azure and Blue-tailed Damselfly. This equals the earliest record for Red-eyed Damselfly on the Island after 35 were recorded at Newchurch in 2011.

    For photos and other sightings on the Island, please see our Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/groups/129267027262600/

    Jim Baldwin

  • 13th May 2017
    Oxfordshire
    SJD

    A passing visit to Goring failed to turn up any common clubtails, although at least 6 exuvia were seen on on the footings of the railway bridge.In the nearby nature reserve banded demoiselles were seen in the nettles with a single red-eyed damselfly rising into a nearby tree. 

  • 12th May 2017
    Essex
    IRP

    Broad-bodied Chaser newly emerged on my garden pond in Romford today; a first for this pond.

  • 11th May 2017
    Norfolk
    TCN

    Hairy and Four-Spotted Chaser Dragonflies plus Azure, Blue-tailed, Large Red and Variable Damselflies at Drake's Fen today.

  • 11th May 2017
    Lancashire
    PK

    Male and female Banded Demoiselle at the River Alt in Formby, Lancashire this afternoon. Two weeks earlier than usual date for this site.

  • 11th May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Beeleigh Falls, Maldon, Essex. 3 female 2 male Banded Demoiselles, 2 Blue tailed, 3 Large Red, 1f and 1m Hairy Dragonfly hawking over large nettle patch

  • 11th May 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    PS

    A good population of Scarce Chaser (Libelulla fulva) has been present on the River Bristol Avon in Wiltshire for many years and it is obvious they are breeding. However, no final proof of breeding ie. exuviae, has been obtained before. In recent years there has been a sporadic presence on the turning ponds of the Caen Hill flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Devizes. It was thought they were coming up from the river, which is only a couple of miles away, to mature at the canal before heading back to the river to breed. However, on Thursday, one of my local recorders, Phil Smith, found an exuvia of this species on the bank of one of the ponds so proving they are in fact breeding there and not just using it as a maturation area! It's a little ironic that  proof of breeding has been obtained at the most recent location for the species first. Now the challenge will be to find some on the river itself! Image of the distinctive exuvia[by Phil] is on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/441544116004916/

  • 10th May 2017
    Norfolk
    TCN

    Four-Spotted Chasers and Hairy Dragonflies plus Large Red, Variable and Azure Damselflies enjoying the sun today at Sutton Fen.

  • 10th May 2017
    Nottinghamshire
    PJR

    A visit to Chainbridge Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire revealed 7 Hairy Hawkers and 5 Banded Demoiselle, (2 female and 3 male).https://www.flickr.com/photos/92040806@N06/34414298432/in/photostream/

  • 10th May 2017
    Oxfordshire
    MHT

    Walked the Oxfordshire bank of the Thames at Shiplake this morning for the Common Clubtail count. Found a single exuvia plus about 20 Banded Demoiselles.

  • 10th May 2017
    Berkshire
    MHT

    A walk round Thames Valley Park this afternoon produced Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed, Red-eyed and Large Red Damselflies, Banded Demoiselles and a couple of Hairy Dragonflies. Best afternoon of the season so far. We could do with some rain - several of the smaller ponds in our area have dried up completely.

     

  • 10th May 2017
    Staffordshire
    GHM

    Lady Corner Pool in Park Hall Country Park, Stoke-on-Trent today. Bright sunshine but still fairly cool. Small numbers of Blue-tailed, Azure and Large Red Damselflies. Mostly teneral with the exception of some male Large Reds.

  • 10th May 2017
    Essex
    IHD

    Benfleet Downs today I had 1 Broad-bodied fem, 1 Male Hairy and Common blue,Blue-tailed, Azure and Large red Damselflies. 1600-1800hrs.

  • 10th May 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Whet Mead EWT reserve Witham Essex. 20+ male and 4 female Banded Demoiselles, 4 Large Red, 1 Blue tailed.

  • 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

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