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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Dorset
  • White-legged damselflies
  • One male and two female white legged damselflies on nettles, grasses and other vegetation beside public footpath near the River Yeo near NW Dorset/South Somerset boundary. Male was distinct from other blues by paleness, very narrow dark bands invisible except when close up, and markings.The river is low, slow and silty. This is the fifth species to appear here in 2020, following the Beautiful Demoiselle, Broad Bodied Chaser, Banded Demoiselle and Large Red Damselfly, in that order.

24 May 2020
JEH
  • Hampshire
  • Banded Demoiselle spotting
  • several Banded Demoiselle were spotted off the river wey near holybourne.

24 May 2020
SJF
  • Surrey
  • Hairy and Downy at Windlesham
  • 2 Hairy Dragonflies, 3 Downy Emeralds and 1 Emperor seen this afternoon at Windlesham Arboretum

24 May 2020
SH
  • Dorset
  • Dunyeats
  • Hairy drags,Downy emeralds,scarce chasers,bbc s,imm male BT skimmer,emperors on and around 2 main ponds.2 swimming grass snakes.

24 May 2020
PS
  • Essex
  • Large numbers Scarce Chasers Phyllis Currie reserve, Great Leighs Essex
  • A visit this afternoon to this lovely small reserve yielded large numbers of teneral Scarce chasers. At least 35 counted mostly to the South West of the reserve in areas running parallel to the road around log piles and nettle beds. Not sure if they have been recorded from this reserve before? The reserve has a large lake adjoining a big pond area and smaller ponds to the south of the reserve.
    Around 20 four Spotted chasers also present with good numbers of Azure, Blue tailed and Large red damselflies.

24 May 2020
  • Surrey
  • Lonely Azure
  • The Large Red Damselfly continue to visit my pond, there were 2 present for most of yesterday. In the afternoon they were joined by a single male Azure Damselfly swapping perches and occasionally moving to nearby bushes. A couple of days ago a female Fourspot Chaser visited and seemed to be attempting to lay eggs on the lawn, continually circling and dipping, ignored the pond completely.

24 May 2020
DJP
  • Herefordshire
  • Common Club-tail
  • Common Club-tail (f) – settled on hedgerow – Herefordshire, Fownhope

24 May 2020
  • Sussex
  • Broad-bodied Chaser
  • It is the second I have seen in High Hurstwood this week. I have photos.

24 May 2020
  • Gloucestershire
  • Common clubtail
  • A single, pristine clubtail seen along the River Severn at Mythe, near Tewkesbury. A chance sighting as it settled 6 feet from me. As temperatures climbed to low twenties, there were several scarce chaser about too.

24 May 2020
CH
  • Essex
  • Downy Emerald
  • A number of Downy Emerald Dragonflies wake ponds Epping Forest.
    Also Emperor and 4 spot chasers.

24 May 2020
KS
  • Devon
  • 4 spotted chaser TQ13 9G
  • on a stem by a small pond at back of estate. private.

24 May 2020
  • Dorset
  • My first White-legged Damselfly of 2020
  • Saw my first White-legged Damselfly today at West Christchurch. I live close to the River Stour and they have been regular in my garden over the years.

24 May 2020
MJG
  • Essex
  • Langdon Hills
  • Hairy dragonfly, settled & showing well in EWT Lincewood.

24 May 2020
AC
  • Somerset
  • Scarce blue-tailed damselfly
  • Somerton, Somerset, near the river Cary

24 May 2020
CJC
  • Bedfordshire
  • Scarce Chaser Female – Beds Nature Reserve
  • Scarce Chaser (Female) spotted at Begwary Brook Nature Reserve, Bedfordshire. A few species flying around but managed to capture a decent pic of this particular one. Wasn’t too sure what it was at first, but I think I have identified it correctly.

23 May 2020
  • Lincolnshire
  • Teneral Common Darter Lincolnshire
  • A single teneral Common Darter seen amongst the long grass and orchids in very windy conditions (photo provided)

23 May 2020
JM
  • Norfolk
  • Single Female Scarce Chaser
  • A single female scarce chaser in Brundall. The site has a lot of large red damselflies as well as various blue damselflies.

23 May 2020
DG
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Llanellio wales
  • Early male Common Hawker on my local pond along with first female Emperor, 72 Four-spotted Chaser’s have emerged since May 5th

22 May 2020
JM
  • Lancashire
  • Libbellula depressa at Silverdale
  • Libbellula depressa seen and photographed near Bank Well, Silverdale. (I know that is Lancashire, but only just). My book says only found in South of Britain, is this unusual?

22 May 2020
SDL
  • Suffolk
  • North Cove reserve
  • Sunny spots out of the wind were full of activity this afternoon……20+ Scarce Chaser, plenty of Hairy dragonflies, 1 each of 4 Spotted Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser and Black-tailed skimmer. The highlight was my first Norfolk hawker of the season. Damselflies were Large red and Azure.

22 May 2020
PN
  • Essex
  • Benfleet Downs, Essex.
  • 1 Emperor, 1f Broad bodied Chaser, 2 Large Red, 10+ Blue tailed, 25+ Azure,

22 May 2020
  • Sussex
  • Scarce Chasers
  • Several seen on Sussex Wildlife Trust Burton Mill Pond nature reserve, one near the viewing area close to the car park but more in the Black Hole bog area. Mistakenly identified in the field as Black Tailed Skimmers but my photographs show dark wing tips and blue grey eyes characteristic of Scarce Chasers which I’ve only identified once before.

22 May 2020
PT
  • Oxfordshire
  • Emperor Dragonfly, green female, hanging from bush then flying off
  • Saw above fly into garden, hand motionless from a bush whose leaf colours matched perectly, then after about 5 mintes fly off

21 May 2020
JHS
  • Northamptonshire
  • First-time chasers.
  • By my pond I saw both a male and a female Broad-bodied Chaser. The female semed to be rubbing her underside on the grass, whilst the male seemed content to swoop and fly around her. This is the first time I have seen either, but we do get a few blue damsels every year.

21 May 2020
LJM
  • Surrey
  • Scarce Chaser
  • Basingstoke Canal towpath at around SU890 515.
    Scarce chaser
    Downy emerald
    Hairy dragonflies
    Also azure damselflies and red eyed damselflies

21 May 2020
MB
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Dragons in Nottingham
  • Moor Bridge nature Reserve pond large red damselflies banded demoiselle male and female also my four dragonfly male broad bodied chaser.

21 May 2020
D'S
  • Berkshire
  • Downy Emeralds in Berkshire
  • Downy Emerald at Thames Valley Park (Reading) yesterday (20th) and two at Charvil Country Park today (21st). Also an Emperor at Thames Valley Park yesterday.

21 May 2020
MHT
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Virgos and BBC
  • To-date it looking to be a very good year for BBC with this spp on every pond in the complex. Up to 10 individuals recorded with 3 ovp same spot at the same time. Also going from today’s records received and on my survey walk Virgo are expanding thier range in MK. Two new locations recorded. Again thank you for those who supplied records

21 May 2020
AKN
  • Norfolk
  • Emperor Dragonfly in Mundford
  • 3 Anax imperator to MV light in rural garden. Date is start of night.

21 May 2020
GRG
  • Essex
  • Canvey Way ‘ditch’, Essex
  • 25+ Scarce Emerald, mainly females but a few males amongst them, 1 Four spotted Chaser, 1 male Hairy dragonfly.

21 May 2020
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