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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  • 9th Jun 2017
    DURHAM
    SL

    Single Four-spotted Chaser seen at Harvey Wood.

  • 9th Jun 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PJR

    A visit to Crowle Moor, Lincolnshire, produced 1 female Black-tailed Skimmer and 1 male Hairy Hawker, many Four-spotted Chasers, LargeRed Damselflies.

  • 9th Jun 2017
    Cumbria
    JR

    A single mature male Red-veined Darter was briefly seen, and photographed, by Judith Rogers at the RSPB's Campfield Marsh Reserve on 9th June. She was not able to re-find it subsequently. This is the first record of the species in the north of VC70 since 2006. [submitted by David Clarke]

  • 5th Jun 2017
    Devon
    SGE

    At least 10 Southern Hawkers have emerged from my garden pond in Teignmouth this week, with the first teneral and exuvia seen on Sunday 28th May. Also 4 Large Red damsels and 1 Azure damsel here.

  • 4th Jun 2017
    Lincolnshire
    SRo

    A visit to Crowle Moor NNR in North Lincs today,saw the following being recorded: Large-red Damselfly - 505; Azure Damselfly - 68; Common-blue Damselfly - 10; Blue-tailed Damselfly - 19; Four-spot Chaser - 188; Common Hawker - 1,my earliest personal record and a bit of a surprise! 

  • 4th Jun 2017
    Oxfordshire
    DMF

    Male Hairy Dragonfly, Whitecross Green Wood, SP604143. Perched 3m from ground on bush on N side of main E-W ride of wood. Just in Oxon. Photos taken.

  • 4th Jun 2017
    Suffolk
    DFW

    A visit to ‘The Sink’, in the south-west section of Redgrave and Lopham Fen NNR, was highly productive.  11 species of odonata were seen. Azure Damselfly and Four-spotted Chaser were numerous; small numbers of Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies were also noted, along with 3 Emperors, 2 Black-tailed Skimmers, 2 Norfolk Hawkers. 2 Large Red Damselflies and singles of Broad-bodied Chaser and Hairy Dragonfly.  Last but not least: Ruddy Darter.  I was very surprised to see this species on this early date.  Three individuals were seen, all apparently having emerged that morning, with shiny wings and fluttery flight: all left the vegetation close to the water for the sanctuary of the nearby bushes and trees.

  • 3rd Jun 2017
    Norfolk
    DJM

    At least three Norfolk Hawkers on the wing at Alderfen Broad, NWT reserve with an abundance of Four Spotted Chasers and Black tailed Skimmers.

  • 3rd Jun 2017
    Essex
    AWS

    Woodham Fen EWT

    blacktailed skimmer, broad bodied chaser, emperor dragonfly, 50 azure damselflies, 15 blue tailed damselflies and a red eyed damselfly

  • 3rd Jun 2017
    Essex
    AC

    Langdon Hills (EWT Marks Hill/Willow Park)

    Common blue damselfly: many

    Large red damselfly: many

    Blue tailed damselfly: at least one

    Emperor dragonfly: two- one male, one female (egg-laying)

    Hairy dragonfly: one

    Four spotted chaser: one

    Broad bodied chaser: four (two males & two females)

    Black tailed skimmer: one (immature)

     

  • 3rd Jun 2017
    Essex
    AC

    Thorndon Park (South):

    Hairy dragonfly: one

    Four spotted chaser: two

  • 3rd Jun 2017
    Lincolnshire
    SRo

    A visit to Messingham Sand Quarries in North Lincolnshire today,revealed the following species & numbers involved: 

    Azure Damselfly - 533

    Common-blue Damselfly - 396

    Blue-tailed Damselfly - 468

    Large-red Damselfly - 2

    Red-eyed Damselfly - 3

    Hairy Dragonfly - 8

    Four-spot Chaser - 19

    Black-tailed Skimmer - 6

  • 3rd Jun 2017
    Essex
    SRJ

    Sth Hanningfield Reservoir EWT reserve - M+F Broad Bodied Chaser (female ovipositing), 3m Black tailed Skimmers, 4 Blue tailed, 10+ Common Blue

  • 3rd Jun 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    IMW

    Cambourne WT reserve lakes and meadows of the new reserve running South from the tri-County BCN Wildlife Trust HQ - I saw many Common Blue damselflies and Blue-tailed damselflies (surprisingly high proportion of Violaceae form females), several White-tailed Damselfly at the dried out Northern end of the reserve and several Red-eyed Damselflies, Four Spot Chasers, 2 Hairy Hawkers, a Broad Bodied Chaser and a teneral Black Tailed Skimmer around the two main lakes.

  • 3rd Jun 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV

    Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB: 52 Scarce Chasers, 23 Four-spot, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Black-tailed Skimmer, 4 Emperor, 15 Hairy. Thousands of Common Blue Damsleflies, also Variable, Azure, Red-eyed, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Banded Demoiselle

  • 3rd Jun 2017
    SURREY

    Thursley Surrey: Amongst the large numbers of dragonflies and damselfies on the wing, notable findings were 6 Brilliant Emerald exuvia at the Moat pond in a different part from most of our May findings. Also near Pudmore a darter type exuvia was found which on closer examination at home has revealed it to be that of a Black Darter. 

  • 3rd Jun 2017
    DURHAM
    SL

    10 BANDED DEMOISELLE SEEN ON THE RIVER WEAR AT LOW BURNHALL WOOD.

  • 2nd Jun 2017
    Surrey

    We visited Boldermere today with many dragonflies emerging and on the wing, not to mention the thousands of damselflies including good numbers of Red-eyed. Notable sightings of dragonflies were :- Several Hairy Hawkers ( a first for us at this sight - including 2 exuvia ), Emporers, Downy Emeralds, Four-spotted Chasers, Black-tailed Skimmers including several teneral ( and lots of exuvia ) and a nice surprise - about half a dozen teneral Common Darters ( including one exuvia and a Ruddy Darter exuvia).

  • 1st Jun 2017
    Bedfordshire
    REM

    Two more Southern hawkers emerged from my garden pond this morning, 1st June (after the first three on 30 May). They were covered in dew at 5.30am but had flown by 8.20am. There were none yesterday - I think it was too cold.

  • 1st Jun 2017
    Devon
    RNM

    Male Red-veined Darter amongst 309 flower spikes of Southern Marsh Orchid at East Soar late morning.

  • 1st Jun 2017
    Surrey
    MB

    River Blackwater, Surrey. SU 886E 517N. Scarce chasers, hairy dragonfly. Banded demoiselles. Large red-, azure-, and blue tailed damselflies.

     

  • 1st Jun 2017
    London
    RC

    On Walthamstow marshes, I saw a male broad-bodied chaser sunning itself today, over the same spot of water that I'd seen six newts in yesterday. 

  • 1st Jun 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A trip to Sissinghurst today produced c12 Downy Emerald, c20 Beautiful Demoiselle, c10 White legged Damselfly, c6 Emperor Dragonfly, c6 Hairy Dragonfly along with good numbers of Four spotted Chaser, Large Red Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Red eyed Damselfly and Blue tailed Damselfly. 

  • 1st Jun 2017
    Devon
    DS

    In the first decent bit of weather we've had for a while, Bovey Heathfield held very active Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chasers, an Emperor ovipositing and a male which attacked a passing Golden-ringed Dragonfly. Little Bradley Ponds held at least four territorial Downy Emeralds at each pond, with a Hairy Dragonfly briefly at the western 'new' pond.

  • 1st Jun 2017
    Durham
    SL

    Four-spotted Chaser and Blue-tailed Damselfly on wing at Thrislington NNR.

  • 31st May 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Four male Red-veined Darters flying around together on a large lake on a private estate in North Norfolk. Also Black-tailed Skimmers, Four-spotted Chasers, one Emperor and many hundreds of Red-eyed Damselflies and thousands of Common Blues. 

  • 31st May 2017
    Hampshire
    PDW

    There were at least two male Red-veined Darters at Southampton Common boating lake this afternoon.

  • 31st May 2017
    Essex
    AWS

    Blue House Farm EWT North Fambridge: 2 Emperor dragonflies, Hairy dragonfly, 5 Fourspot chasers, Black tailed skimmer

  • 31st May 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PJR

    Another visit to Crowle Moor nature reserve, Lincolnshire, resulted in more Four-spotted Chasers that you could shake a stick at! (hundreds!) but the highlight for me was 2 Black-tailed Skimmers (link to photos attached)

  • 31st May 2017
    Kent
    MH

    5 Norfolk Hawker were seen today along the river at Westbere. Also noted were 12 Scarce Chaser, 7 Hairy Dragonfly, c50 Banded Demoiselle along with good numbers of Azure, Variable, Blue tailed and Common Blue Damselfly. A few Red eyed Damselfly were seen along with the odd Large Red Damselfly.

  • 31st May 2017
    Warwickshire
    PJR

    Red-veined Darters have been observed at Marsh Lane Nature Reserve, Hampton-in-Arden. Roy Ledbury saw two or three males on 1 June and Dave Hutton & Donna Mallon saw three (the same ones?) on 1 June.

  • 30th May 2017
    Bedfordshire
    REM

    This morning I found three Southern hawker exuviae on stems in my garden pond. This is very early for this site in Linslade, Leighton Buzzard. Unfortunately the adults had flown away by the time I found the exuviae.

  • 30th May 2017
    Devon
    AR

    Several male scarce chaseres seen on the great western canal between the swing bridge outside Tiverton  and Halberton.

    Pictures taken if helpful/required

  • 30th May 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    First male Emerald Damselfly emerged on Hempton Common, nr Fakenham.

  • 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 ........ 

     

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