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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Birmingham
  • Odonata Old Darter
  • I often go to Edgbaston’s lovely Cannon Hill Park in my lunch break. They have a 25m long scale model of the Elan Valley reservoirs that supply Birmingham’s water and I have seen several Odonata species there. In the weak autumn sunshine the dragonflies enjoy the warm concrete. They are declining now of course, but today two elderly male Common Darters were out basking, looking ruddy and rather inactive.

16 Oct 2019
GV
  • Highland and Islands
  • Southern Hawker Isle of Skye
  • Southern Hawker resting on my white house wall in the sunshine mid afternoon. Only reporting this because having checked the distribution map on your site the Isle of Skye is not include. Have photos if required.

13 Oct 2019
A E & E M
  • Lancashire
  • Vagrant Emperor
  • Flew past me and landed on shrub

12 Oct 2019
MH
  • Sussex
  • Sunbathing Common Darter male
  • Garden in Little Common East Sussex

10 Oct 2019
SB
  • Dorset
  • Red-vein in the reeds
  • One female Red-veined Darter, within the middle of a reedbed at Hengistbury Head, Christchurch. A rarity within Christchurch Harbour, with few records in recent years.

10 Oct 2019
OJF
  • Bedfordshire
  • Another new species
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly seen perched on a leaf by a brook in mid Bedfordshire.

09 Oct 2019
SLT
  • Kent
  • Our latest ever
  • Red-veined Darter
    Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

    Our latest ever record by nearly a month.

08 Oct 2019
  • Cheshire
  • Southern Hawker
  • Male over garden pond

05 Oct 2019
MRW
  • Kent
  • Willow Emerald Damselflies in Kent
  • An afternoon visit to Nethergong at 2pm produced 51 Willow Emerald Damselfly, c20 Migrant Hawker and c25 Common Darter.

05 Oct 2019
  • Yorkshire
  • Common darter feeding
  • I was sat on a bench along the Rivelin Valley footpath in Sheffield. I had noticed a common darter perching on the bench, which took off as I sat down. I thought I had scared it off, but it flew around me and landed again on more or less the same spot. Over the next 10 minutes it did this several times, and I realised that it was hunting and feeding. In between sorties, it’s jaws could be seen moving. This would be followed by several cocks of its head, before it would dart out and grab its next meal.

02 Oct 2019
MA
  • Devon
  • Strippy sighting
  • Black and yellow Dragonflie, in my back garden in Plymouth,Devon..

01 Oct 2019
DMW
  • Kent
  • Big dragonfly!
  • A large mainly green dragonfly in the garden has been visiting for a couple of weeks,even came in doors briefly. Tried a photograph but it was very quick in flight didn’t settle anywhere. Beautiful colour green. [Very probably a Southern Hawker dragonfly – GHM BDS]

29 Sep 2019
Pb
  • Devon
  • 2 southern hawkers, both egg laying
  • I saw 2 southern hawkers egg laying at my small garden pond, near Yelverton, Devon.

29 Sep 2019
TH
  • Beds, Cambs, Northants and Peterborough
  • Willow Emerald
  • Male willow emerald damselfly on hedgerow. Coneywood Road, Wimblington, PE15

29 Sep 2019
GT
  • Somerset
  • Common Hawker maybe?
  • Spotted in my garden this morning! I do not have a water feature but there is a river in the field nearby. It very large and quite beautiful blue and gold.

28 Sep 2019
LB
  • Surrey
  • A Swarm of happy Emperor Dragonflies!
  • At a local forest in Horsell, was a small lake with Emperor buzzing every where! We now call it dragonfly lake!

28 Sep 2019
MA
  • Armagh
  • Aghalee hawkers
  • We saw common hawker on our washing. We have large ponds and see all sorts of dragonflies but this is the first time we have been able to see one up close and photograph it.

    Area – Aghalee, Co Armagh, N Ireland

28 Sep 2019
PB
  • Gloucestershire and Bristol
  • Southern Hawkers
  • Several females seen at the RSPB site in the Forest of Dean near the pond

28 Sep 2019
SMS
  • Kent
  • Willow emerald damselfly. Preston garden centre
  • Male willow emerald damselfly, spotted in the large beech hedgerow by garden centre show garden, hunting mosquitoes.
    Plus 4 Common darters, 2 migrant hawkers.

26 Sep 2019
JRM
  • Devon
  • “Eye Balled” by common Darter!
  • Seen on the edge of a raised bed 25th September Dunsford Devon

25 Sep 2019
CAM
  • North Yorkshire
  • Allotment pond in Harrogate
  • We have a small pond on our allotment in Harrogate. I was amazed to see a female GRD and watched her for 30 minutes, then a male turned up.

23 Sep 2019
IJD
  • Shropshire
  • Trapped in my greenhouse
  • A female southern hawker became trapped in my greenhouse so we got some stunning close up photos before she was released. We have a pair of these dragonflies on our pond.

22 Sep 2019
Hsb
  • Derbyshire
  • Garden full of dragonflies
  • Five dragonflies think they migrant hawkers. Flying around back garden in a city suburb

21 Sep 2019
Km
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Willow Emerald near Houghton Mill
  • A female Willow Emerald Damselfly perched in riverside trees near the two benches at the head of the side-stream which diverts water from the Great Ouse to Houghton Mill, this afternoon. First time I’ve seen the species in this location.

21 Sep 2019
JNW
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Surprise visitor
  • I was joined in my garden yesterday by what I think was a Common darter female. She sat on the top of a spent foxglove, in the sun, for a long time.

21 Sep 2019
GP
  • Warwickshire
  • First Record for Willow Emerald Damselfly in VC38
  • A male Willow Emerld Damselfly was spotted on a pool at a local private site. At the moment the location must remain confidential. It is the first record in Warwickshire for Willow Emerald Damselfly.

21 Sep 2019
  • Merseyside
  • Common Darter
  • We think it was a Common Darter on our pond in the garden

21 Sep 2019
SR
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk Hawker
  • My back garden in Briston.

21 Sep 2019
M J C
  • East Lothian
  • Darter
  • Red veined darter dragonfly.
    Aberlady bay
    East lothian
    Many on path.
    Mating while in flight.

21 Sep 2019
RT
  • Rutland
  • Common darter mating
  • The mating couple were flying above my small still garden pond. The male was pushing down the female who was dipping her tail into the water onto one of my bushy pond plants. They then parted and flew off but the male returned and landed by the pond for several minutes soon after parting.

21 Sep 2019
CU
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