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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  • 2nd May 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Sculthorpe Common near Fakenham, after five visits/days of searching, 90+ Large-red Damselflies decided today was the day to emerge all along the winding ditch. Most still with thier exuvia. 

  • 2nd May 2017
    Isle of Wight

    3 immature male Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo at Shalfleet Stream and a Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa at Laundry Lane, Brading Marsh RSPB Reserve. Jim Baldwin

  • 2nd May 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC

    I visited Sandpool this afternoon, part of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts Lower Moor reserve complex. I was delighted to see and photograph my first ever Wilts female Hairy Hawker! Also seen were 3 male and 1 female Downy Emeralds. Also a mass emergence of Common Blue Damselflies was taking place, with clouds being disturbed with every footstep. Thousands if not tens of thousands must have been involved. Also a few Large Reds and a single teneral male Azure Damselfly were seen. Images on our Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/441544116004916/

  • 1st May 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PJR

    A walk around Crowle Moor Nature Reserve, Lincolnshire, turned up 25+ Four-spotted Chaser...Libellula quadrimaculata, my first Dragonfly sightings of the year! Also, 100's of Large Red Damselflies. The weather was very breezy at times with sunny periods and temps of around 14c.

     

  • 1st May 2017
    Norfolk
    IG

    A first for me this year, a female Hairy Dragonfly at Norfolk's Strumpshaw Fen. With clound and a cool wind today dividends paid off  by searching the brambles in a sheltered area beside the ditch along the woodland trail.

  • 30th Apr 2017
    Essex
    IHD

    20+ Large red and 1 Azure Damselfly on Benfleet Downs today.

  • 30th Apr 2017
    Vice County Berkshire
    MG

    Variable Damselfly recorded Sunday 30th April by Martin Green at private site (part isolated backwater off Thames, fed by groundwater) just SE of Barton Fields nature reserve in Abingdon, Oxon.  Vice County 22 Berkshire.

    Ian Smith

  • 29th Apr 2017
    Isle of Wight

    Common Blue Damselfly seen during the first visit of the year to Southford, Whitwell, Isle of Wight, also one Large Red Damselfly present. This equals the earliest reported sighting of Enallagma cyathigerum for the Isle of Wight. The previous record was of two teneral at Haseley Manor in 2007.

  • 29th Apr 2017
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC

    A visit in sub-optimal conditions to the Cotswold Water Park today turned up one odonate only - but it was a new one for the year. A very teneral female Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas). Image on our Facebook Group page.

  • 29th Apr 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV

    Fen Drayton RSPB along central ditch and river:

    5 Hairy Dragonflies, 50+ Common Blue, 3+ Variable, Blue-tailed Damselfly and 1 Banded Demoiselle

  • 29th Apr 2017
    Surrey
    PJP

    One Downy Emerald emerging from nymph and two empty exuvia nearby.  Several Large Red Damselflies flitting about too.  Thursley Common.  I captured several images of the emerging Downy Emerald and have uploaded them to my National Geographic page.

  • 28th Apr 2017
    SUFFOLK
    PAW

    Newly emerged Hairy Dragonfly in sunny glade along River Gipping at Pipps Ford Suffolk TM108538

  • 28th Apr 2017
    Kent
    JRM

    Hairy Dragonfly seen several times briefly, hawking over slightly obscured ditch, heading from Grove Ferry to Stod marsh, late morning.

  • 26th Apr 2017
    Devon
    PMV

    No damsel or dragons all afternoon at Countesswear sludge beds, Highlight was a watershrew which swam under our board-walk. weather sun/showers, chilly Northerly (we had 5 mins snow north of Honiton yesterday!).

  • 25th Apr 2017
    Surrey
    LP

    First visit of the year to Littleworth Common, Esher.

    Air chilly, but sun strong & hot. Sheltered bays in the meadow next to the ponds yielded a few finds.

    Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma nymphula: 1x Male, 1x female. Plus several Azure Damselflies Coenagrion puella: males & females.

  • 25th Apr 2017
    Surrey
    JW

    Libellula Depressa Female sighted at Woking Wetlands, Horsell Common, Woking, Surrey.

    At first I thought it was a large wasp, but when it landed on a dead stalk in the middle of a gorse bush, I realised it was a female Libellula Depressa. It blended perfectly with the living and dying gorse flowers. It stayed there sunning itself for at least 15-20 minutes, maybe longer. It was still there when I walked on. Absolutely beautiful.

  • 24th Apr 2017
    Surrey (London)
    BB

    A female Banded Demoiselle was seen in Morden Hall Park, SW London, 18 days after the very early first one, and I have been looking for them in the meantime.

  • 23rd Apr 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    A few large red and blue-tailed damselflies were seen and photographed on the Longford River in Bushy Park. The blue tailed all looked to be recently emerged.

  • 23rd Apr 2017
    Cambridge
    PJP

    Female Hairy Dragonfly at Fen Drayton Lakes.  My first Dragonfly sighting this season.  Plus around 50+ Damselfly sightings, all the ones that I could identify seemed to be common blues, many of them teneral.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Essex
    IHD

     5 blue tailed Damselflies with 10 large reds on Benfleet Downs in Essex today.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Berkshire
    CW

    Just one Common Clubtail exuvia found today along the Thames Promenade in Caversham, Reading.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Wiltshire
    PS

    Ravensroost Meadow Wilts Wildlife Trust reserve - a single teneral Large Red Damselfly near the main meadow pond.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Ceredigion
    LG

    Large red damselflies started hatching from garden pond in Llechryd, Ceredigion.

  • 22nd Apr 2017
    Ceredigion
    BB

    About 20 Large Red Damselflies were seen around the boardwalk on Borth Bog (aka Cors Fochno), part of the Dyfi NNR. Also a largish Dragonfly which didn't stop to be identified but by a process of elimination was probably a Hairy Dragonfly.

  • 21st Apr 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Red River LNR, Nr. Camborne. Clear cold night, clear sunny day, very warm in shelter. Large Red Damsels 40+, Azure Damsels 2 female blue form, Broad Bodied Chaser 1 female feeding around sunny gorse flowers.

     

     

  • 20th Apr 2017
    Kent
    JRM

    2 x Variable damselfly, teneral males. At Grove Ferry on vegetation along riverside.

     

     

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Somerset
    MAH

    Shapwick NNR 4 Hairy dragonflies and 20+ Variable damselflies.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Worcs.
    MTA

    Both Banded and Beautiful Demoiselle seen today along the River Stour near Kidderminster

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Hampshire
    PDW

    I came across a teneral male Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) early afternoon between the River Blackwater and Little Testwood Lake at Testwood Lakes HWT. My earliest sighting of this species - the previous was at the same site on 24/4/2014.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    HC

    Though sunny a very cool breeze ~11C as we saw 4 Large Red Damseflies take maiden flights at Woodwalton Fen.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Cornwall
    CAM

    Marazion Marsh, Cornwall: Bright morning, rapidly becoming overcast, cool. 5 Blue-tailed Damselflies, 4 Large reds.

  • 19th Apr 2017
    Cambridgeshire
    ARF

    1 Variable Damselfly seen at Orton Pit. I was looking for Large Red Damselfly but saw a 'blue' damselfly instead. Close inspection confirmed Variable damselfly - photo taken. This is my earliest record for this species.

  • 18th Apr 2017
    Hampshire
    PR

    30+ teneral Common Blue damselflies rising from the shores of Long Lake, Bramshill Plantation today along with a count of 200+  Large Red throughout the reserve. Photos etc will appear on the blog imminently

  • 18th Apr 2017
    Devon
    PMV

    Only one Large Red Damselfly, Exminster Marshes, 5 hrs of looking. Near the Turf locks on a bramble hedge.

  • 18th Apr 2017
    Pembrokeshire
    AEC

    2 Broad-bodied Chasers emerged from garden pond in Cresselly, Pembs ,this morning 18April. Also, 5 Large Red Damselflies emerged and an additional 4 LRD exuviae were present. Weather was sunny from 9am to 1.30pm ,14'C and NE breeze bringing cloud and lower temperature later.

  • 17th Apr 2017
    Essex
    PJP

    Large Red Damsel on Hawthorn bush close to a pond near the Fishers Green area of Lea Valley Country Park, Essex.  8 Red Damsel empty nymph casings found around the pond too.

  • 17th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    SMR

     Teneral Azure found at NWT Roydon Common

  • 16th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    An Azure Damselfly emerged from my pond in east Kent today.

  • 14th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A 3rd female Hairy Dragonfly emerged this morning after I went out for a family outing and a check of the pond later also produced 1 Variable Damselfly.

  • 14th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    Sculthorpe Common, near Fakenham this afternoon under grey skies and cold wind I managed to locate a further six Large-red Damselflies around the pond, all with very limited colour and still with their exuvia, and very well hidden from the elements.

  • 13th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A 2nd female Hairy Dragonfly emerged from the pond after dark tonight. Photos on blog.

  • 11th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    JM

    After several recent visits, today I found the first female Large-red Damselfly leaving the Margins of the pond on Sculthorpe Common,( at least thats what I call it) near Fakenham, Norfolk.

  • 11th Apr 2017
    Gloucestershire
    RR

    First Downy Emerald of the year. A teneral which flew straight to the treetops.  RR

  • 11th Apr 2017
    London

    1 Large Red only today at London Wetland Centre in wildside. First record of the year and possibly earliest record. 

  • 11th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    DJM

    Immature Large Red Damselfly at Pigney's Wood, North Walsham.

  • 10th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A female Hairy Dragonfly emerged from my garden pond in east Kent after dark and  thankfully, I was able to sit and photograph the emergence which will appear on my blog. 2 Large Red Damselfly also emerged from the pond during the day.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    HC

    Warm and sunny at Titchwell and we saw a teneral Large Red Damselfly, a male just colouring, take what was probably its first or second flight.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    VC62 North-east Yorkshire
    MR

    Three Large Red Damselflies seen flying in the World's End area of Strensall Common just outside York today.  

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Essex
    IHD

     2 Large red Damselflies on Benfleet Downs, Essex today.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Isle of Wight
    PH

    Large Red Dameslfly newly emerged from recorder's pond at Totland this afternoon. Photo of exuvia to be added to Facebook and Twitter. This is the first reported sighting in 2017 from the Isle of Wight and the earliest VC10 record for Pyrrhosoma nymphula since 2012.

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