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 Apr 2017
    Hampshire
    PR

    50+ Large Red at Bramshill Plantation in North Hants this afternoon to join the deluge of sightings expected this weekend. A couple of dozen rising from Long Lake towards the trees and another dozen around the smaller pond to the east. Some colouring up nicely. Photos as usual on the blog presently.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Lincolnshire/Yorkshire
    SRo

    A visit today to Thorne & Crowle Moors NNR in Linc's/York's saw decent numbers of Large-red Damselfly being recorded with 29 individuals seen on Thorne Moors and 54 being counted on Crowle Moor.My earliest personal records to date.

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Radnorshire
    RCE

    9 April 2017 Large Red Damselfly taking maiden flight at 13:45. Exuvia at source. 20 degrees at noon but temperature dropped dramatically by 5 pm. Location: Bog Meadow pond, Upper Clyro, HR3 6JU

  • 9th Apr 2017
    Bedfordshire
    JC

    I watched the maiden flights of at least 11 Large Red Damselflies <em>(Pyrrhosoma nymphula)</em> at Duck End NR in Maulden, Bedfordshire, between 11:15 AM and 12:15 PM. It feels like an early season in many places.

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A Broad bodied Chaser emerged this afternoon from my pond in a very warm east Kent. After a bit of a rush, I managed to get the camera ready and photographed the emergence which will be on my blog in due course.

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Worcs.
    MTA

    A bit later than some counties but still the earliest in Worcs for 11 years, The Large Red Damselfly emerging today at Monkwood NR

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PJR

    Very warm and sunny conditions on Crowle Moor Nature Reserve favoured the Large Red Damselflies today with 100+ on the wing, along the Reserve footpaths.

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Surrey
    SJD

    Large red damselfly (pyrrhosoma nymphula) seen emerging in the Woodland Gardens of Bushy Park. Closer inspection of the vegetation turned up a further 5 exuvia. Later spotted a couple of large red sunning themselves in a nearby tree

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Glamorgan
    DB

    Saturday 8th of April 2017 at Lavernock point nature resrve sssi a lone Large Red damselfly emerged at 9-30am to defy the sea mist that was fast disapeering with the rising sun . Later on in the day about 1pm 12 more took there maiden flights.

    Sunday 9th of April 2017 at Lavernock Point nature reserve sssi walked my normal transect 16 plus Large Red damselfies took to the air for there maiden flight mostly to the tree line a few going for open ground . Also came accross at least 30 along the tree line leading to the back of the reserve estimated 800 yard stretch

     

  • 8th Apr 2017
    Surrey
    PJP

    3 Large Red Damselflies seen at Thursley Common Lake, close to the Moat Car Park.  Also six empty nymph shell casings found on reeds around the lake's edge.

  • 7th Apr 2017
    Hampshire
    PR

    A dozen or so Large Red, males  & females,  rising from Broomy Pond in the New Forest this morning. Photos on Twitter, Facebook and eventually on the blog.

  • 7th Apr 2017
    Cornwall
    DW

    Vagrant Emporer at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on The Lizard, Cornwall. Did not settle but think it was a female...No blue. 

  • 7th Apr 2017
    Devon
    PMV

    Large unknown dragonfly flew along and across Sweetbrier lane, Exeter mid-dayish. Possibly from a warm garden pond, We were driving to Exminster marshes and then didn't see a single damsel or dragon all afternoon.

  • 7th Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    2 Large Red Damselfly emerged from my pond in a warm east Kent today.

  • 6th Apr 2017
    Surrey (London)
    BB

    First Banded Demoiselle of the year seen this morning, a female in Morden Hall Park, South-west London (Surrey vice-county). I believe this location has hosted the first Banded Demoiselle record for the last 3 years, helped perhaps by the Sewage Treatment Works upstream warming the river water by several degrees. Photo on the 'UK Dragonflies and Damselflies' Facebook group.

  • 6th Apr 2017
    Lincolnshire
    PJR

    2 Large red Damselflies seen an photographed on Crowle Moor Nature Reserve, Lincolnshire, one resting on Rushes and the other on dead Bracken.

  • 6th Apr 2017
    Dorset
    DJP

    A female Vagrant Emperor was seen at Suckthumb Quarry on Portland Bill at 13:00. It frequented a wet pool along one of the tracks for a few minutes before heading off south.

  • 6th Apr 2017
    pembrokeshire
    AEC

    Cresselly Pembrokeshire 6th Apr. One Large Red Damselfly emerged from garden pond ,late afternoon(4pm).

  • 5th Apr 2017
    Berkshire
    MHT

    A quick look round a couple of ponds in Sonning late this afternoon was too late to find anything flying, but did produce a single Large Red Damselfly exuvia.

  • 4th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    PT

    First Large Red Damselfly of the year for Norfolk emerging in a pond to the south of Hickling Broad. April 4th is (I believe) the earliest ever date for Norfolk.

  • 4th Apr 2017
    Norfolk
    TCN

    My first damsel of the season, a Large Red Damselfly at Sutton Fen today.

  • 4th Apr 2017
    Lancashire
    JB

    One Large Red Damselfy sighted today by Jim Beattie at Leighton Moss.

    I believe the previous county record was 13th April.

  • 3rd Apr 2017
    Devon
    RC

    Robin Chittenden saw a large dragonfly, presumably a Vagrant Emperor, on 3 April in Churston Cove, Torbay (per Mike Langman & Dave Smallshire)

  • 2nd Apr 2017
    Dorset
    CR

    Large Red Damselfy, Town Common Nature Reserve, Christchuch. Seen today, and photographed

  • 2nd Apr 2017
    Kent
    MH

    A female Large Red Damselfly emerged from my pond in a warm east Kent today. I also managed to photograph the whole emergence which can be viewed on my blog.

  • 27th Mar 2017
    Kernow
    BL

    Single Vagrant Emperor, Kenidjack Valley, St Just, Penwith - middle of day; fast flying - not sure of gender, but think saw blueish area so probably male.

  • 25th Mar 2017
    Cornwall
    DC

    Large Red Damselflies x 7

    Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve Cornwall Saturday 25 03 2017 my first Damsels of the season 5 females and 2 males.

  • 25th Mar 2017
    Cornwall
    SPJ

    A single Vagrant Emperor flying along the margins of the Dragonfly Scrapes at Windmill Farm on the Lizard peninsula in West Cornwall. Good clear views, observed by myself & Dougy Wright 

  • 15th Mar 2017
    Cornwall
    LJP

    Probable female Vagrant Emperor

    On 15th Mar 2017, after a couple of days of light warm southerly winds my wife and I were working in our garden in Newlyn, Cornwall and noticed a medium/large dragonfly hawking between ours and a neighbors garden.

    We observed it for about 10 mins trying to work out what it was. Initially thinking that it was some kind of Hawker. Eventually it landed, albeit distant and briefly allowing me to see it in my binoculars.

    It had long narrow sandy coloured pterostigma, clear wings, brown eyes and thorax and generally brown abdomen. Due to the distance i could'nt make much detail of the markings on S2, but it did not appear to show any yellow triangle or blue saddle. In flight in sunlight it seemed to show a faint brown/yellow tinge to the wings and was overall pale underneath.

    Having been a birdwatcher for nearly 40 years with only a recent interest in Dragonflies i can not claim to being an expert on these things so i consulted one of  my fieldguides "Dragonflies of Britain and Europe" by Dijkstra & Lewington and the nearest comparison i can find is a female Vagrant Emperor. 

    This record seems to be way too early for any of our own breeding species and so i assume it may be of european origin.

    I would be greatly obliged if you could let me know of your opinion.

  • 12th Mar 2017
    Cornwall

    On 12 March 2017, a probable Vagrant Emperor was reported from Penlee in Cornwall (DA). This is the first adult dragonfly/damselfly reported in the UK this year; a few Large Red Damselflies have however already been seen in Belgium, so the start of the main dragonfly flight season can't be far away now!

  • 1st Jan 2017
    n/a
    DNH

    Sightings in 2017 appear in this view. For 2016 sightings and earlier please see Sightings from Previous years.

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