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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Surrey
  • Norfolk Hawker WWT London
  • 2 male Norfolk Hawkers at WWT London Wetland Centre. In Wildside, pond alongside “field lab”. One make at either end of pond.

11 Jun 2019
PS
  • Yorkshire
  • Vagrant Emperor @ Spurn Point
  • Male, Vagrant Emperor hawking over beach south of the warren.

09 Jun 2019
JHF
  • Essex
  • Blue Emperor Female
  • Blue Emperor female seen egg laying alongside damselfly. At RSPB Bowers Gifford, Essex.

09 Jun 2019
Helen Cowles / Roobelles Images
  • Hertfordshire
  • Mating on my sleeve!
  • Sat on the edge of our rill, a pair of mating Small Red Damselflies landed on my sleeve for about twenty seconds before settling on some water plant in the rill. The black-banded female appeared to be laying eggs under the water plant. They stayed in the immediate vicinity for several minutes, repeatedly going through the egg-laying process. My wife photographed them on her mobile phone.

09 Jun 2019
DLM
  • Dorset
  • Male Broad-bodied Chaser spotted in Cerne Abbas water meadows
  • Went for a lunchtime walk around the pond in the Cerne Abbas water meadows. Lots of common blue damselflys’ mating and a pair of Southern Migrant Hawkers (the female was laying eggs).
    Also spotted a Male Broad-bodied Chaser.

09 Jun 2019
TG
  • Gloucestershire
  • White-legged Damselfly – Coombe Hill Meadows
  • Two separate sightings, one drying out next to exuvia on a reed. The other was dryed out on meadow grass. Both were close to the Snipe Pool at Glos WT Coombe Hill Nature Reserve. Also present were Common Blue and Azure Damselflies with 4-Spotted Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Ruddy Darter and Emporer Dragonfly (photos of all)

09 Jun 2019
PC
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • Beautiful Demoiselle?
  • 3 Dragon flies..2 blue with coloured wings. One of the blue ones then mated with a brown one. I have pictures and video.

09 Jun 2019
RJJ
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • White-legges damselflies in the New Forest
  • Three male and two female white-legged damselflies on Black Water in Dames Slough inclosure.

09 Jun 2019
SH
  • Essex
  • First emegence of Aeshna affinis ( Southern Migrant Hawker) Canvey, Essex
  • Canvey way ditch. Found my first freshly emerged Southern Migrant Hawker take its first flight at around 10.15am in bright sunshine. This is exactly the same Sunday a year ago I found some emerging last year (10/06/18).
    Scarce Emerald Damselflies were very plentiful with a high count of well over 200, many tandem pairs.
    20+ Blue tailed, 30+ Azure, 50+ Fresh Ruddy Darter tenerals. 6 Broad Bodied Chasers, 1 Four spot, 7 Hairy Dragonfly.

09 Jun 2019
TPC
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • Broad Bodied Chaser
  • Seen in back garden in centre of Alton, Hampshire.

09 Jun 2019
NG
  • Dorset
  • White legged
  • Many WL damsels of varying maturities.Longham lakes behind the pond.

09 Jun 2019
PS
  • North Yorkshire
  • Four Spotted Chaser
  • A male Four Spotted Chaser resting on reed (newly emerged?) in a shallow pond at Nosterfield Nature Reserve, West Tanfield. Shuck of nymph body found also.

09 Jun 2019
RSG
  • Hertfordshire
  • Wrotham Park Dragonflies
  • On a visit to Wrotham Park, South Mymms, today I spent some time at the ornamental pond where I watched many dragonflies:- Emperor(2), 4 Spot Chaser(1), and damselflies Azure(45), Red-eyed(15), Large Red(8), Blue-tailed(4).

09 Jun 2019
TJW
  • Highland
  • Golden-rings
  • 10+ fresh Gold-ringed Dragonflies flying around a bog jest east of the Glenfinnan monument.

08 Jun 2019
SR JJS
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • Downys Delight
  • Up to seven Downy emeralds at Warren Heath , two mating pairs in the heath and also large red azure and brilliant demoiselles and one teneral female black tailed skimmer and female broad bodied chaser No brilliant emeralds seen though yet

08 Jun 2019
DJ
  • Glamorgan
  • Scarce Darter, Cardiff
  • Single female Scarce Darter seen in Grangemoor Park, Cardiff near the top of the hill. Appearance: Large flat bodied with orange abdomen. Clear dark stripe running along centre of abdomen. No photograph taken due to lack of camera.

08 Jun 2019
PWG
  • Highland
  • Golden Ringed dragonfly
  • As above. Beside River Spey at Newtonmore. Somewhat away from usual area

08 Jun 2019
JAG
  • Wiltshire
  • Banded Demoiselle likes nectarines
  • Greengrocer 50 yards from the bridge over the river Avon in the centre of Chippenham, Wiltshire

06 Jun 2019
LF
  • Greater London
  • Beautiful Demoiselles in London
  • Saw 2 groups of Beautiful Demoiselles on the River Pool (Waterlink Way) between Bell Green and Catford South London. Sighting confirmed by London Wildlife Trust

06 Jun 2019
DA
  • Surrey
  • In my garden in Surrey
  • Two large reds by my pond, now quite usual for this time of year. One ovipositing and given a heron has taken all my fish they should do well.
    Also, and a first, blue damsels in cop…no I did not have time to id but will now be on the lookout as I have not seen any of the “blues” before in my garden.

06 Jun 2019
DJP
  • Lincolnshire
  • Simply Stunning!
  • A beautiful metallic, emerald green, Calopteryx splendens, was spotted visiting our walled, urban garden. It spent much of its time resting on foliage in shade of the strong, afternoon sunshine.

06 Jun 2019
LAC
  • Kent
  • Nethergong and Grove Ferry
  • Dragonflies noted at Nethergong in sunny warm conditions included 2 Four Spotted Chaser, 4 Broad bodied Chaser, 7 Hairy Dragonfly, 20+ Norfolk Hawker including 11 hawking together, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 3 Black tailed Skimmer and good numbers of Azure and Blue tailed Damselfly.
    Grove Ferry held 16 Norfolk Hawker, 5 Hairy Dragonfly, 3 Four Spotted Chaser, 2 Emperor Dragonfly and good numbers of Variable, Azure, Blue tailed Damselfly and Red eyed Damselfly.

06 Jun 2019
  • Gloucestershire
  • Male and female Common Clubtails at Deerhurst near Tewkesbury
  • We failed to see Common Clubtails in 2018, but a morning visit to Deerhurst on the 6th June yielded an immature male and a female sheltering in the riverside nettles. Also present were approx 100 Banded Demoiselles of both sexes, a single female Beautiful Demoiselle, 2 female White-legged Damselflies, 4 Blue-tails, and 4 Azures.

06 Jun 2019
IT and CT
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • Broad bodied chaser in my garden
  • Broad bodied chaser, female, in a small urban garden near a small wildlife pond.about a mile from the solent, near Gosport.picture on mobile phone…

06 Jun 2019
GS
  • Sussex
  • Scarce Chaser – Female
  • Fittleworth, River Arun, West Sussex.

06 Jun 2019
DT
  • Essex
  • Harlow, Essex, near Oak Wood pond
  • I have no knowledge of Dragon Flies but found this one unusual.

    It was Brown / Orange about 2/3 Inches long and had 4-5 inch wing span.

    It was the end of May

05 Jun 2019
DJJ
  • Surrey
  • Lesser Emperor
  • Just one seen. Greenish thorax, pink brown abdomen edges with darker central line, large pale blue triangle on segments 1, or 1 and 2. Triangle pointing downwards. Mobile species. Any other sightings to confirm on Runnymede, North Surrey?

05 Jun 2019
SW
  • Surrey
  • Southern Migrant Hawker
  • Very blue, head, thorax, abdomen. Smaller than emperor. Flying low over water. Downward curving abdomen. Any other sightings in Surrey or Runnymede?

05 Jun 2019
SW
  • Norfolk
  • How Hill Nature Reserve
  • Visiting the How Hill Reserve, on the River Ant, today we saw 2 Norfolk Hawker, 3 Hairy Dragonfly, 5 Four-spotted Chaser, 2 Red & 12 Azure Damselfly

05 Jun 2019
TJW
  • Berkshire
  • Newly emerged Emperor Dragonfly
  • Saw an amazing dragonfly just hanging out on a fence post in our garden in central Reading. Beautiful.

04 Jun 2019
RH
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