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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  • 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

  • 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.

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