Previous Sightings

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  • 10th May 2012
    Kent
    SG
    1 Large Red Damselfly teneral with 3+ exuviae

    1 Large Red Damselfly teneral perched on a reed stem in front of the hide at Kent Wildlife Trust's Cromers Wood reserve.  There were 3+ exuviae also in the same reed clump.  The weather was overcast with occasional showers (sometimes heavy).

  • 9th May 2012
    Berkshire
    CW
    Common Club-tails, Thames at Reading.

    2 Common Club-tails, a male and a female, still at the river's edge on the Thames Promenade in Reading at 3:00pm and looking very wet on an overcast, drizzly day. http://sundries.3644.co.uk/var/gv5.jpg

  • 9th May 2012
    Tyne & Wear
    Large Red Damselfly Exuvia

    3 Large Red Damselfly Exuvia at smaller western pond at Rising Sun Country Park but none seen on the wing.

  • 9th May 2012
    Cumbria
    MF
    Large Red Damselflies emerging at Foulshaw Moss

    Large Red Damselflies emerging at Foulshaw Moss. Today, on a warm sunny late morning, good numbers of tenerals (plus a few mature) Large Red Damselflies were evident around a small sheltered pool but little else was seen. The recent cold weather appears to be holding things back.

  • 8th May 2012
    Worcestershire
    SMR
    2 Large red, 1 Banded demoiselle, & 7 Beautiful demoiselle at Upton Warren Worcestershire

    2 Large red, 1 Banded demoiselle, & 7 Beautiful demoiselle at Upton Warren Worcestershire

  • 8th May 2012
    Hampshire
    JH
    2 Azure Damselflies on stinging nettles first this year in the sunshine in company with lots of Large Red Damselflies, at the Secret Garden Nature Reserve

    2 Azure Damselflies on stinging nettles first this year in the sunshine in company with lots of Large Red Damselflies, at the Secret Garden Nature Reserve, its the first time for a long time that we have had the sun out for more than a few hours and warm.

  • 8th May 2012
    Gloucestershire
    Damselflies at The Mythe

    Visiting The Mythe on a sunny afternoon to look for early dragonflies, we only found damselflies! The following species were recorded: Large Red Damselfly x 18 - mainly immature females, Red-eyed Damselfly x 9 - tenerals, Blue-tailed Damselfly x 1, Common Blue Damselfly x1 teneral male, Azure Damselfly x 1 male.

  • 8th May 2012
    Norfolk
    PT
    Large Red, Variable and Red-eyed Damselflies, plus Hairy Dragonfly, all reported from Upton Fen today.

    Large Red, Variable and Red-eyed Damselflies, plus Hairy Dragonfly, all reported from Upton Fen today.

  • 8th May 2012
    Warwickshire
    MJ
    Bidford on Avon

    Bidford on Avon. Gomphus vulgatissimus Club-tailed Dragonfly spotted on my dads driveway as we turned up for his birthday :-)

  • 8th May 2012
    Nottinghamshire
    NW
    1 Teneral Large Red Damselfly in Bunny Old Wood

    1 Teneral Large Red Damselfly in Bunny Old Wood on the first pond on the right hand side of the path near the entrance.

  • 8th May 2012
    Lincolnshire
    SR
    My first species of the year recorded today at Messingham Sand Quarries LWTR.

    My first species of the year recorded today at Messingham Sand Quarries LWTR. A total of 19 Common-blue Damselfly and a single Azure Damselfly were observed around the reserve.

  • 8th May 2012
    Bedfordshire
    JC
    Two Common Blue Damsellfles seen on the 8th May at Marston Vale CP

    Two Common Blue Damsellfles seen on the 8th May at Marston Vale CP

  • 6th May 2012
    Worcestershire
    MP
    Male Beautiful Demoiselle

    2 male Beautiful Demoiselles along Salwarpe on Moors section of Upton Warren Nature Reserve, North Worcestershire http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodwolfuw/7148342673/in/photostream

  • 6th May 2012
    Somerset
    JH
    2 x Four Spottted Chasers (Libellula quadrimaculata)

    2 x Four Spotted Chasers (Libellula quadrimaculata) sighted at Westhay NNR this afternoon along with 10- 12 Hairy Dragonflies (Brachytron pratense).

  • 6th May 2012
    Gloucestershire
    Hairy Dragonflies emerging at Green Lane, Frampton.

    A favourable day to go looking for Hairy Dragonflies in Green Lane, Frampton, was rewarded by seeing one female and one male resting in vegetation, probably before their first-flights, allowing many photographs to be taken! Also present were 60 Large Red Damselflies, mainly females, with several tenerals, and a few males. In 100-acres WWT Slimbridge, adjacent to the site, one teneral male Azure Damselfly, and superb views of 4 Hobbies - just hope they don't eat the emerging Hairy Dragons!

  • 6th May 2012
    Wiltshire VC7
    TD
    Recently emerged Downy at another new location in Cotswold Water Park

    Following on from my finding a Downy Emerald exuvia on 30th April, Terry Dabner discovered a recently emerged Downy [pre-flight] next to it's exuvia at the same site - Lower Moor Farm, Cotswold Water Park - but another new location several hundred metres from mine! Despite the adverse weather we may be shaping up for another bumper year for Cordulea in the CWP! Photo on my blog.

  • 3rd May 2012
    Devon
    DMM
    3 libellula depressa ,private pond westward Ho

    3 Libellula depressa. Private pond westward Ho

  • 2nd May 2012
    Dorset
    IK
    Downy Emerald

    Teneral Downy Emerald spotted at DWT Higher Hyde Heath nature reserve, Dorset. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thekrankis/6989762924/in/photostream

  • 2nd May 2012
    Norfolk
    AJT
    Titchwell Rspb

    Titchwell Rspb: Pair immature  Large Red Damsels  on nettles by visitor centre this morning.

  • 2nd May 2012
    Norfolk
    DB
    10 Large Red Damselflies emerged from garden pond, Norwich. Photos: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

    10 Large Red Damselflies emerged from garden pond, Norwich. Photos: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

  • 2nd May 2012
    Suffolk
    JO
    First large red damsels emerged from my garden pond today.

    First large red damsels emerged from my garden pond today. 2 exuvia found.

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Ceredigion
    AKC
    1 Broad-bodied Chaser emerging at garden pond, Talybont, Aberystwyth. Weather very windy, cloud and rain. Wings fully extended.

    1 Broad-bodied Chaser emerging at garden pond, Talybont, Aberystwyth. Weather very windy, cloud and rain. Wings fully extended.

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Essex
    NDP
    Large Red Damselfly in Wat Tyler Country Park

    At least 1 Large Red Damselfly seen at 10am this morning in Wat Tyler Country park, first odonata of the year

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Norfolk
    JM
    Large Red Damselfly Norfolk

    50+ Large Red Damselflies taking full advantage of the first sunny day for a long time along the River Yare between Cringleford bridge and the UEA Broad.Mostly females with a few males none of which had reached full breeding maturity. 

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Norfolk
    PT
    Bit of sunshine at long last and three Large Red Damselflies emerging from my Potter Heigham pond.

    Bit of sunshine at long last and three Large Red Damselflies emerging from my Potter Heigham pond.

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Wiltshire VC7
    SJC
    First odonata of year for Wiltshire

    First odonata of year for Wiltshire. During a warm sunny spell today I visited Lower Moor Farm in the Cotswold Water Park. My hunch paid off and I found 6 freshly emerged Common Blue Damselflies, 4 females and 2 males. Also 1 semi mature male Large Red Damselfly. But the best was a fresh exuvia of a Downy Emerald Dragonfly!! The earliest 'sighting' in Wiltshire. Photos on blog tomorrow.

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Greater London
    SJD
    First few large red damselflies in Richmond Park

    First few large red damselflies in Richmond Park

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Pembrokeshire
    AEC
    Large Red Damselfly

    Large Red Damselfly

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Norfolk
    DB
    13 Large Red Damselflies emerged from garden pond, on the first sunny day for ages, Norwich. Photos: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

    13 Large Red Damselflies emerged from garden pond, on the first sunny day for ages, Norwich.  Photos: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Warrwickshire
    MJM
    Male & female Banded Demoiselle and Large Red Damselfly at Middleton Lakes RSPB Reserve, Warks

    Male & female Banded Demoiselle and Large Red Damselfly at Middleton Lakes RSPB Reserve, Warks

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Gtr London (Essex)
    CRJ
    30th April Dagnam Park LNR Large Red Damselfly - first of the year

    Dagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill near Romford. 1 Large Red Damselfly, my first of the year

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Norfolk
    AJT
    Sculthorpe Moor

    Sculthorpe Moor. 4 Large Red Damsels along path to Jarvis hide in brief sunny period.

  • 30th Apr 2012
    Wiltshire VC7
    WC
    First Wilts Banded Demoiselle of 2012.

    I've just received belated news of a sighting of a teneral male Banded Demoiselle by Wayne Clinch. This was also seen by him on the warm Monday afternoon of the 30th April at Mouldon Hill Country Park, Swindon. This brings the species list to 4 - less than half that which had been seen by this time last year!

  • 28th Apr 2012
    Lancashire
    CPA
    Azure Damselflies emerging in strong wind

    Three teneral Azure Damselflies at Priory Meadow today, in wind force 4-6. One with a kinked abdomen. Another bent completely round, and apparently dead.

  • 27th Apr 2012
    Norfolk
    DB
    Large Red Damselfly emerges from wildlife pond in garden this morning, Norwich

    Large Red Damselfly emerges from wildlife pond in garden this morning, Norwich

  • 25th Apr 2012
    Middlesex
    MG
    At Bedfont Lakes Country Park, teneral Large Red Damselfly, first odonata of 2012 there

    At Bedfont Lakes Country Park, teneral Large Red Damselfly, first odonata of 2012 there

  • 24th Apr 2012
    Cornwall
    RL
    Female/immature BEAUTIFUL DEMOISELLE. Tues.24thApril,2012.Pentewan River at London Apprentice, Cornwall.

    A poor day with sunny spells. Had seen only an Orange-Tip in flight, but a gust of wind blew an insect across the river which landed in long grass almost at my feet ! It was immediately apparent as Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo, although a 'poor' female/immature i.e. only days old yet torn wings (due to days of gusty wing?). The slightest of colour on the abdomen, wings dark, grey-brown. This river (The White River at London Apprentice) produces literally hundreds in this rivurine habitat later in the season.

  • 24th Apr 2012
    Somerset
    JH
    From Westhay NNR & Shapwick Heath (Somerset)

    Westhay NNR : 10+ Azure Damselflies : 6 x Red-eyed Damselflies : 3 x Blue-tailed Damselflies & 15+ Large Reds. From Shapwick Heath 1 x Large Red Damselfly & 1 x Variable Damselfly. Pics available.

  • 22nd Apr 2012
    West Sussex
    AR
    Large Red Damselfly

    Large Red Damselfly, Pulborough Brooks RSPB, West Sussex

  • 21st Apr 2012
    Norfolk
    PT
    Large Red Damselfly emerged from a garden pond in Potter Heigham this morning.

    Large Red Damselfly emerged from a garden pond in Potter Heigham this morning.

  • 21st Apr 2012
    Devon
    One Large Red exuvia

    One Large Red exuvia on boardwalk at Bystock Pools, near Exmouth

  • 21st Apr 2012
    Bedfordshire
    RR
    3 Large Red Damselflies seen at a garden pond in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, TL20/43

    3 Large Red Damselflies seen at a garden pond in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, TL20/43

  • 20th Apr 2012
    Lancashire
    CPA
    Large Red Damselfly tenerals

    Four female Large Red Damselfly tenerals on "Long Bob" pond, Hurst Grange Park, at around 12:00, when there was a couple of minutes of pale sunshine.

  • 20th Apr 2012
    Norfolk
    JM
    Norfolk

    Just returned from my daily lunchtime wailk, having found my first Four Large Red Damselflies this season on the River Yare, Cringleford, Norwich. Lucky to have a good warm sunny period, did'nt last though.

  • 20th Apr 2012
    Devon
    DMM
    Libellula depressa one teneral male Broad bodied chaser

    Libellula depressa one teneral male Broad bodied chaser  settled 5ft away from private pond westward ho 2pm cloudy and windy

  • 20th Apr 2012
    Norfolk
    TCN
    Two Large Red Damselflies at Sutton Fen today 20th April 2012

    Two Large Red Damselflies at Sutton Fen today

  • 19th Apr 2012
    Highland
    BAM
    Early Highland Damsel

    There was a large red damselfly in flight at the Balmacara Square Pond near Kyle of Lochalsh this afternoon in a cool but sunny spell of weather. This pond, created ten years ago has only been used by Odonata in the last two years and has provided my earliest ever record by nine days.

  • 16th Apr 2012
    Dorset
    PR
    Hairy at Studland

    Among the 50+ Large Reds at Studland today was a lone immature male Hairy Dragonfly, a most welcome surprise. Photos on blog shortly

  • 15th Apr 2012
    Cornwall
    CAM
    Gwendreath area Lizard,Cornwall

    Gwendreath area Lizard,Cornwall. 8 Large Red Damsels of which one male with mature colouring. Deceptively cold day despite bright sunshine.

  • 13th Apr 2012
    Berks
    MF
    13th April 2012 Large Red Damselfly

    4 Large Red Damselflies at Decoy Heath nature reserve.

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