Previous Sightings

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  • 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.

  • 13th Apr 2012
    Berkshire
    JWS
    Berkshire

    During conservation work at BBOWT's Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve today, and at about noon, three teneral Large Red Damsels took flight from the small pond on which we were working.

  • 13th Apr 2012
    Pembrokeshire
    PKG
    6 Large Red Damselflies at Trefeiddan Common,near St Davids.

    6 Large Red Damselflies at Trefeiddan Common,near St Davids.

  • 13th Apr 2012
    Somerset
    Ham Wall, Somerset - Hairy Dragonfly and teneral Large Red Damselfly

    Ham Wall, Somerset - 1 x Adult Hairy Dragonfly, seen flying, then briefly perched before it flew of into trees where despite trying I couldn't find it to photograph!  Also 1 x teneral Large Red Damselfly - almost black in colour - again no pic as it perched briefly and then flew off. Day sunny and warm but threatening heavy rain which arrived later!

  • 13th Apr 2012
    Ceredigion (Cardiganshire) VC46
    EAS
    large red damselfly x1 Tregaron Ceredigion Wales

    large red flew up from vegetation to rest on plastic fascia on house. Coloured red but couldn't see whether male or female. Sunny but cold day. Tregaron Ceredigion Wales 

  • 13th Apr 2012
    Suffolk
    NM
    2 Large Red Damselfly emerged, Hollesley

    2 Large Red Damselfly emerged, Hollesley

  • 12th Apr 2012
    Somerset
    BU
    Large Red Damselfly

    At least six Large Red Damselfly seen at Shapwick National Nature Reserve today.

  • 12th Apr 2012
    North Somerset
    JDC
    Large red damselfly - North Somerset

    A single large red damselfly seen very actively flying at Avon Wildlife Trust's small reserve at Netcott's Meadow near Bristol. No photo as the only place it landed was on my arm holding the camera.

  • 11th Apr 2012
    Hampshire
    PR
    New Forest Awakens

    Pleased to report 18 fresh teneral Large Reds at Broomy Pond in the New Forest around 1.30pm today, precisely the same date and location as my first sightings last yearPhotos will be posted on my blog presently

  • 11th Apr 2012
    Somerset
    NG
    Imm large red damselfly in garden at Long Load (ST 4623). 12 days earlier than first sighting of this species last year.

    Imm large red damselfly in garden at Long Load (ST 4623).  12 days earlier than first sighting of this species last year.

  • 6th Apr 2012
    Dorset
    AJH
    1 x Large Red Damselfly @ Studland, Dorset, 6th of April 2012

    1 x  @ Studland, Dorset, Near the pond beside the Bird Hide, Just one lonely Large Red. after following for a while he gave up and posed for me for a while, see pictures.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65435600@N08/7051564489/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65435600@N08/7051564085/

  • 3rd Apr 2012
    Carmarthenshire
    GRW
    3rd April 2012, Large Red Damselfly, WWT Llanelli

    Single male Large Red Damselfly seen in brief sunshine between showers at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve in Llanelli.

  • 3rd Apr 2012
    Gtr London (Essex)
    CRJ
    Large Red Damselfly at Rainham Marshes RSPB on 3rd April - observer Howard Vaughan

    A teneral Large Red Damselfly at Rainham Marshes RSPB this am (observer Howard Vaughan) Probably the earliest ever recorded at the site.

  • 2nd Apr 2012
    Devon
    AJH
    Large Red Damselfly

    Large Red Damselfly. See Link to photo taken on site http://www.flickr.com/photos/65435600@N08/6893720246/

  • 1st Apr 2012
    Devon
    RC
    First Large Red Damselfly at Stover

    A well-coloured Large Red Damselfly was at Stover Country Park today.

  • 1st Apr 2012
    Devon
    RC
    Large Red Damselfly

    1 x Large Red Teneral

  • 1st Apr 2012
    Devon
    RC
    Large Red Damselfly

    1x Large Red Damselfly at Aylesbeare Common

  • 1st Apr 2012
    Hampshire
    TD
    1st April 2012 - c

    1 Large Red Damselfly seen near Reptillery in New Forest, Hampshire. Seen at edge of bomb-crater pond.

  • 31st Mar 2012
    Dorset
    IAK
    Large Red Damselfly

    One Large Red Damselfly found at Dunyeats Hill pond. Broadstone, Dorset. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thekrankis/6886391554/in/photostream

  • 29th Mar 2012
    Hampshire
    JH
    7 new large red damselflies coming off same pond as the one from yesterday from 10.30 this morning at, The Secret Garden Nature Reserve, Bursledon near Southampton.29.3.12 n

    7 new large red damselflies coming off same pond as the one from yesterday from 10.30  this morning at, The Secret Garden Nature Reserve, Bursledon near Southampton. 7 large red damselflies  coming off pond (4) from 10.30, till 3.30 pm today 29.3.12. warm sunny day max temp 21.3c,found (3 exuvia) this pond is south facing with sunshine all day and shelterd from the north and east winds.Surface water temp near north side of pond 17.5c.John Horne,I CAN PROVIDE PHOTOS.

  • 28th Mar 2012
    Pembrokeshire
    PKG
    One Large Red Damselfly at Withybush, Haverfordwest

    One Large Red Damselfly at Withybush, Haverfordwest

  • 28th Mar 2012
    Hampshire
    large red damselfly on maiden flight

    Large Red Damselfly seen at 12.20 today flying from the direction of a pond on its  maiden flight, temp today 21.5c at anature reserve near southamton

  • 25th Mar 2012
    Cornwall
    RL
    First Large Red Damselfly of the year, seen at Breney Common, Cornwall. Sun. 25th March, 2012. R.LANE & M.PIKE.

    First Large Red Damselfly of the year, seen at Breney Common, Cornwall. Just one damselfly (apparently) at a '500ft' site. This was seen to be a TENERAL LG.RED DAMSELFLY. Only one segment showed red. Probably emerged early weekend (24thMar.) Seen in free flight and basking in continual sun. This site holds perhaps 1,000 Lg. Reds later in the year. (P.nymphula)

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