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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Red River LNR, Camborne: Cloudy and showery, very cool except in good shelter.
38+ Large-red and 2 Azure damsels.
A visit to Woorgreens new ponds in the Forest of Dean on 26th April, yielded sightings of two teneral female Large Red Damselflies, one female Azure Damselfly and two other tenerals which flew off too quickly to be able to identify.
Andy Moody, one of my recorders, telephoned to tell me that he had seen 200+ teneral Large Red Damselflies at Dundry Nurseries wildlife area near Cheltlenham on the same day.
Four spotted chaser sighted on Morden Bog, Wareham Dorset, April 26th 2018.
RSPB Marazion Marsh Cornwall: Cool windy day with some sunshine, warm in shelter.
15+ Large-red Damsels inc. 2 teneral. 3 Blue-tailed Damsels, all teneral.
0950/25042018 - a single Large Red Damselfly (female - f. tytpica) seen resting on bramble, at the entrance to Corfe Hills South nature park. A cool breezy morning on a showeryu/sunny day. This is the first sighting for this year and this species not seen here in previous years.
My first Large Red Damsels of the year. 12 observed on Thorne Moors, 18 days later than last year.
The 2018 season has finally started in Wiltshire today - albeit in an unconventional manner! An exuvia of a Large Red Damselfly was found by Lorraine Blakey in her garden pond today [Salisbury, S. Wilts [VC8], where none were present previously. Due to weather conditions the adult hasn't been located yet but at least proof of breeding has been confirmed!
My first Damselfly of the season. Male Banded Demoiselle in Morden Hall Park, SW London/Surrey TQ2668, 09:00 22/04/18. Two weeks later than last year, although that one was exceptionally early. Photo on 'UK Dragonflies and Damselflies' Facebook Group.
At Dobbies garden centre Fenny Stratford. VC24: Large Red damselflies. 60 + exuvia. 20+ emerging many maiden flights
4 Large Red Damselflies at Stratfield Brake Lakes, Kidlington, Oxon. Photo on Oxon county recorder's website (stephenburch.com)
Found my first dragonflies of the season; three large red damseflies recently emerged in the Woodland Gardens part of Bushy Park (Greater London/Surrey border) after a few days of warm/hot April sunshine. None had attained full colourisation and none were seen flying.
Large Red Damselflies present at all of the pools visited at Sussex Wildlife Trust Old Lodge Nature Reserve. Lots of exuviae to be found!
A visit in favourable conditions today resulted in some decent numbers of Large-red Damselflies being recorded: Thorne Moors NNR - 17; Crowle Moors NNR - 39.
Newly emerged Large Red Damselfly seen and photographed in the garden at East Cowes, Isle of Wight this afternoon.
Another male Hairy Dragonfly emerged from the pond early this morning.
Today saw many Large Red Damselflies at Crowle Moor nature reseve. Counted up to 50+ before giving up. The weather was mainly sunny 20c and breezy. ( quite a few Orange-tip butterflies about)
My first Large Red Damselfly of the year seen taking it's maiden flight from a pond in Sonning this morning.
I missed the actual damselfly - should have gone outside earlier - but found the first Large Red Damselfly exuvia for Norfolk in my pond today. Spring has arrived!
A single Large red at Roydon Common today
One Large Red Damselfly seen on Crowle Moor nature rerserve, Lincolnshire. Sunshine light breeze 20c. My first record for the year. Last year for the same location the Large Reds were 2 weeks earlier (6th April)
2 adults seen on Astley Moss Nature Reserve, Wigan, Greater Manchester.
A bright sunny day arrived by the pond at about midday at Lavernock point NR sssi the air came awash with Large Red Damselfly taking there 1st flights 100 +
After checking the pond the last few nights, 1 Hairy Dragonfly emerged this evening between 21:30 and 23.15. Thankfully, I was able to lay at the pond and photograph the emergence which can be viewed on my blog. Also still a few Large Red Damselfly till emerging over the past few days.
Large Red Damselfly first record I've received today 19th. Near Walton Lake and Grand Union Canal Milton Keynes. Bucks VC 24
50+ Freshly-emerged Large Red at Town Common, Christchurch (VC11) this morning
4 Large Red Damselfly emerged from my garden pond throughout the day in a warm east Kent today.
During the day, 3 Large Red Damselfly have emerged from my pond in east Kent. With the sun shining and feeling quite warm, I spent some time photographing the emergence which I shall post on my blog in due course.
My first Large Red Damselfly of the season emerged from my pond during the day in east Kent.
News has just come in of a male Marsh Bluetail (Ischnura senegalensis) found emerging from a turtle tank in Conwy on 25 March 2018. Amazingly, this is no less than the fourth report of (accidentally introduced) exotic damselflies received by the BDS so far this year!