Vagrant Emporer at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on The Lizard, Cornwall. Did not settle but think it was a female...No blue.
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7th Apr 2017Cornwall
7th Apr 2017Devon
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 2017Kent
2 Large Red Damselfly emerged from my pond in a warm east Kent today.
6th Apr 2017Surrey (London)
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 2017Lincolnshire
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 2017Dorset
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 2017pembrokeshire
Cresselly Pembrokeshire 6th Apr. One Large Red Damselfly emerged from garden pond ,late afternoon(4pm).
5th Apr 2017Berkshire
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 2017Norfolk
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 2017Norfolk
My first damsel of the season, a Large Red Damselfly at Sutton Fen today.
4th Apr 2017Lancashire
One Large Red Damselfy sighted today by Jim Beattie at Leighton Moss.
I believe the previous county record was 13th April.
3rd Apr 2017Devon
Robin Chittenden saw a large dragonfly, presumably a Vagrant Emperor, on 3 April in Churston Cove, Torbay (per Mike Langman & Dave Smallshire)
2nd Apr 2017Dorset
Large Red Damselfy, Town Common Nature Reserve, Christchuch. Seen today, and photographed
2nd Apr 2017Kent
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 2017Kernow
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 2017Cornwall
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 2017Cornwall
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 2017Cornwall
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 2017Cornwall
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 2017n/a
Sightings in 2017 appear in this view. For 2016 sightings and earlier please see Sightings from Previous years.