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 May 2018
    Kent
    JRM
    Hairy Dragonfly, Preston, Kent

    Male Hairy Dragonfly, at Preston Garden Centre, mid afternoon.

  • 9th May 2018
    Sure
    DJP
    Thursday Common 9th May, Large Red and female Azure

    Yesterday, 9th May our second visit to Thursley common this year but first sighting. Many large red and several pairs. A single female Azure resting on the boards.

  • 9th May 2018
    Bedfordshire
    REM
    Sandhouse Lane NR Bedfordshire

    Over 20 large red damselflies including several ovipositing pairs, 12 four-spotted chaser, many of them teneral, along with 6 exuviae. Small numbers of other species - azure damselfly, hairy dragonfly, and 3 downy emeralds. One female downy emerald had just emerged and I collected the exuvia when it moved to another stem of reed. A teneral male downy emerald landed on my hat and was not keen on flying away. The other downy was a mature male, hunting above head height.

  • 9th May 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    Fingringhoe EWT reserve

    3 Hairy, 6 Four Spotted Chasers,1 Azure, 4 Blue tailed

  • 8th May 2018
    Kent
    JRM
    Variable damselfly, Seasalter Kent

     50 + Variable damselfly, mid morning at Seasalter.

  • 8th May 2018
    Suffolk
    RM
    Carlton Marshes Suffolk

    This morning I found 7 Hairy Dragonflies (5 of them teneral), 17 Variable Damselflies, 2 Azure Damselflies and 4 Large Red Damselflies along the dykes of Carlton Marshes.

  • 8th May 2018
    Leicestershire
    JSc
    Damselfly sightings, Grantham Canal

    Masses of damselflies along the old Grantham Canal in north Leicestershire today - c100 Variable, c50 Common Blue, c20 Large Red and 1 Azure. 

  • 8th May 2018
    Norfolk
    TCN
    Norfolk Hawker today at Sutton Fen

    At Sutton Fen today my first sighting of the year of a Norfolk Hawker which I nearly trod on!  Other sightings included Large Red and Variable Damselflies plus Hairy and Four-Spotted Dragonflies.

  • 8th May 2018
    Herts
    CJH
    Hairy Dragonfly

    2 Hairy Dragonfly hawking the ponds on the dragonfly walk at Amwell NR, Herts

  • 8th May 2018
    Herts
    CJH
    Large Red Damsels

    At least 10 Large Red Damsels seen at Amwell dragonfly walk inc. min. 3 pairs in tandem

  • 8th May 2018
    Rutland
    Damsels at Rutland

    Damsels at Rutland Water this afternoon - 1 teneral/immature Blue-tailed, 4 teneral/immature Common Blue & 1 mature Large Red.

  • 8th May 2018
    Essex
    SRJ
    1 Hairy Dragonfly - Wat Tyler Country Park Essex

    1 Hairy Dragonfly - Wat Tyler Country Park, Essex

  • 7th May 2018
    Bucks
    AKN
    Bucks

    Midday it was 25c. Visiting Little Linford wood BBOWT site Bucks: 50 + Large Red adults, lots of tenerals, maiden flights and emerging in the woodland pond.

    Carpark pond 1 Blue tailed. No other spp recorded 

     

  • 7th May 2018
    Staffordshire
    DG
    c30 teneral Large red Damselflies from 2 year old garden pond

    At least 30 Large Red Damselflies emerged from 2 year old garden pond in North Staffs over the last 3 days.

  • 7th May 2018
    cumbria
    GL
    4 spotted chaser 7May18 barkbooth Lot Cumbria

    4 spotted chaser 7May18 barkbooth Lot Cumbria

  • 7th May 2018
    Berkshire
    MHT
    Sightings at Thames Valley Park

    A look round the lakes at Thames Valley Park (just outside Reading) resulted in a single Large Red Damselfly, 3 Azure Damselflies, at least 1 teneral Blue-tailed Damselfly and a female Hairy Dragonfly. 

    Went on from there to a small pond in  Wargrave which had 10 Large Red Damselflies, some egg-laying. 

  • 7th May 2018
    Suffolk
    JPH
    Early sitings North Suffolk

    TM471906 - North Cove SWT reserve. First P. nymphula  today - 3 exuviae, 2 just emerged , 5 on wing. Also 1 C. puella.

  • 7th May 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Hairy Dragonfly on the wing

    An afternoon visit to Shuart near Reculver for an hour or so produced 6 Hairy Dragonfly (5 male), 1 Broad bodied Chaser and 2 Azure Damselfly. 

  • 7th May 2018
    Nottinghamshire
    PJR
    Male and female Hairy Hawkers+1 Common Blue Damselfly.

    A quick visit to Chainbridge nature reserve, Lound, Nottinghamshire produced 1 male and 1 female Hairy Hawker, also 2 teneral Common Blue Damseflies. Beautiful sunny day, 26c.

  • 7th May 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    HJV
    Fen Drayton Variables

    At least 40 Variable Damselflies out in the usual spots at Fen Drayton. Also Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselfly and one Hairy Dragonfly.

  • 6th May 2018
    Ceredigion
    AKC
    4 large red damselflies ceredigion

    4 x exuvia of Large Red Damselflies found on my garden pond today. Talybont, Ceredigion.

  • 6th May 2018
    Hampshire
    PR
    8 species on the wing at Bramshill

    Cracking day at Bramshill Plantation with a splendid 8 species on the wing - Large Red (50+), Common Blue (3), Red-eyed (3), Blue-tailed (1), Downy Emerald (1), Hairy Dragonfly (2), Four-spotted Chaser (12), Broad-bodied Chaser (1). Full report and any photos will appear on the blog as usual.

  • 6th May 2018
    Essex
    A F
    Hairy Hawker and 4-spot in Essex

    Hairy Hawker and 4-spot Chaser at Fingringhoe Wick

  • 6th May 2018
    Lincolnshire
    PDT
    Variable damselflies , I Azure , I hairy dragonfly & lots of Large reds at Baston fen

    At Baston fen ,this morning there were 50+ Variable damselflies probably 100,more females than males , 20+ Large red damselflies , again mostly female ,only a couple of males ,and just one Azure found . One  female Hairy dragonfly emerged- & successfully flew away.

  • 6th May 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Hairy Dragonfly on the wing

    2 Hairy Dragonfly (males) were seen at Westbere Lakes today including one observed and photographed emerging. The whole emergence can be viewed on my blog. 

  • 6th May 2018
    Norfolk
    JM
    Norfolk

    My first Four-spotted Chaser, male and dead! caught in spiders web, too late to save it. Sculthope pond. Plenty of Large-reds spiralling towards the blue sky

  • 6th May 2018
    Dorset
    IW
    2 female immature blue-tailed damselflies; 1 rufescens, 1 violacea

    2 female immature blue-tailed damselflies; 1 rufescens, 1 violacea.  Boscombe Gardens, Bournemouth, Dorset.

  • 6th May 2018
    Suffolk
    AKN
    Suffolk

    Annual May Bank Hol visit to RSPB Minsmere Sunday: Both near West hide. 1 f Azure Damselfly and 1 Large Red ; Hairy Dragonfly 1 near the Island Mere hide

  • 6th May 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    SFL
    RSPB Fen Drayton - Large Red Damselflies and Single Hairy Dragonfly

    RSPB Fen Drayton - 20 degrees C, sunny. Single Hairy Dragonfly in flight. 9 Large Red Damselfly - teneral or immature.

  • 6th May 2018
    Dorset
    MAH
    Four Spotted Chaser at Arne Heath RSPB, Dorset

    Arne Heath RSPB, Dorset

    A Four Spotted Chaser at the Raft Spider Pools (Red Route). Also two joined pairs of Large Red Damselfly ovipositing.

  • 6th May 2018
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    SJC
    Proof of breeding of Hairy Hawker in admin boundary Wiltshire

    I visited Lower Moor education area on 6th May after a tip off from Damian Pinguey saying he thought he saw a hawker type fly up from the middle of the dipping pond from within some bulrush stems. After some searching I found a recently emerged female drying her wings in the final stages of emergence and nearby was an exuvia on a bulrush stem from last year! Absolute proof of breeding. Although proof of breeding was obtained in 2014 for VC7 this is the first record of exuviae within the modern county boundary of Wiltshire. A teneral male was also seen in the same area at the same time. At Sandpool, within the same reserve complex, several [at least 4] teneral Downy Emeralds were also seen along with 2 more Hairys. Hundreds of Common Blue Damselflies were just emerging with a few semi mature Blue-tailed Damselflies seen on the other education pond at Lower Moor. Images on our facebook page.

  • 5th May 2018
    Norfolk
    RM
    Four-Spotted Chaser Norfolk

    St Olaves Norfolk: A Four-Spotted Chaser was in my garden this afternoon.

  • 5th May 2018
    Nottinghamshire
    PJR
    Hairy Hawker..female at Lound nature reserve (Idle Valley), Nottinghamshire

    Found one Hairy Hawker female at by the river Idle, Lound Nature reserve (Idle Valley) Nottinghamshire. Bright sunny day, 22c.

  • 5th May 2018
    Greater Manchester
    WDJ
    four-spotted and broad-bodied - greater Manchester

    Broad-Bodied and Four-Spotted Chaser. A single of each seen on Astley Moss Nature Reserve, Greater Manchester.

  • 5th May 2018
    Dorset
    IW
    Immature female Azure Damselfly; Boscombe Gardens; 2 seen.

    Two immature female Azure Damselflies seen (one photographed). Boscombe Gardens, Bournemouth.

  • 5th May 2018
    Wiltshire [VC7]
    DP
    First Common Blue Damselfly record in Wilts this year

    Damian Pinguey has reported a teneral Common Blue Damselfly at Sandpool, part of the Wilts Wildlife Trust reserve complex in the Cotswold Water Park today. This is the first of this species to be reported to me so far. Very soon there will be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, emerging across the CWP!  Info and image on our Facebook Group.

  • 5th May 2018
    Hampshire
    GMD
    Sightings from Bramshill and Eversley pit.

    At Bramshill plantation, 100+ Large Red Damsels around Long pond with three Downey Emerald seen emerging from the wooded pond in the North, and in the afternoon at Eversley pit, plenty of Large Reds, a single Azure Damsel and two Broad-bodied Chasers seen flying over the gorse.

  • 4th May 2018
    Berkshire
    MHT
    Large Red and Common Bue Damselflies

    At least 13 Large Red Damselflies and a single teneral Common Blue Damselfly around Lavells Lake (Dinton Pastures) taking advantage of the summy weather this morning. 

  • 4th May 2018
    Cambridgeshire
    First Dragonflies Cambridgeshire

    Our first dragonflies for this county.

    Woodwalton Fen - Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) emergents  - female (successful)  and male (failed in exuviae) -  and >10 Large Red Damselflies (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

    King's Dyke NR - Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) - three teneral, probably maiden flight, and 6 Large Red Damselflies (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

  • 4th May 2018
    SURREY
    THURSLEY SSSI SURREY

    We went to Thursley this morning and were pleased to find 7 Downy Emerald Exuvia and 4 still emerging. The only other sightings were several Large Red Damselflies.

  • 4th May 2018
    Kent
    MH
    Hairy Dragonfly on the wing

    An afternoon visit to Shuart near Reculver between 4 - 5pm produced 3 Hairy Dragonfly and 1 Blue tailed Damselfly. 

  • 4th May 2018
    Yorkshire
    MR
    Large Reds emerging in Yorkshire

    Approx. 10 Large Red Damselflies emerging today on Strensall Common near York.  Exuviae collected.

  • 4th May 2018
    Essex
    AWS
    Marsh Farm CP

    Marsh Farm CP South Woodham Ferrers Essex: Large red and two Blue tailed damselflies

  • 4th May 2018
    Northants
    MT
    Hairy Dragonflies emerging

    I found three Hairy Dragonflies emerging at Ditchford Lakes at lunchtime, two took their first flights and the third was some way behind. All were female.

  • 4th May 2018
    Hampshire
    pdw
    Beautiful Demoiselle

    Three teneral Beautiful Demoiselles (m,2f) at Efford in the New Forest today.

  • 4th May 2018
    Wiltshire VC[7]
    SJC
    4-spot, Azure and Large Reds at Swillbrook Lakes, Cotswold Water Park, Wiltshire [VC7]

    Swillbrook usually comes up trumps with early Anisoptera sightings for the Cotswold Water Park, Wiltshire [VC7]  and today was no exception. I saw my first of the year in the shape of 2 Four-spotted Chasers! Also there was a mass emergence of dozens of Large Red Damselflies and a solitary female Azure Damselfly.

    Large Reds are now being reported from various sites across the county so the season is finally kicking off properly!

    Steve Covey [Wilts VCR]

  • 3rd May 2018
    Lincolnshire
    PJR
    Four-spotted chaser at Crowle Moor, Lincolnshire.

    20+ Four-spotted Chasers at Crowle Moor nature reserve, Lincolnshire. Sunny day 15c with light breeze.

  • 3rd May 2018
    Northamptonshire
    Large Reds @ Polebrook, Northants

    Polebrook, near Oundle - Large Reds emerging from our garden pond at last and our 1st adult odonata of the year!  1 adult female, 1 emerging and 2 exuviae.  

  • 3rd May 2018
    Lincolnshire
    PDT
    Variable damselflies at Baston fen Lincolnshire

    1 Male & 8 Female Variable damseflies emerged this morning  at Baston fen Lincolnshire . They flew at about 10.30 to 11.00  as the sun got warmer even tho. there was still a cool breeze. 

    Also at nearby Willow tree fen  my first Large red damselfly of the season was found  & exuvia retrieved .

  • 3rd May 2018
    London
    JD
    2 male Banded Demoiselle South London 02/05/18

    2 male Banded Demoiselle seen on the River Wandle at Morden Hall Park, South London on 02/05/18 at 2.10pm during a brief warm sunny spell 

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