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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- 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.
- 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.
- Vagrant Emperor
Flew past me and landed on shrub
- Sunbathing Common Darter male
Garden in Little Common East Sussex
- 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.
- Another new species
Willow Emerald Damselfly seen perched on a leaf by a brook in mid Bedfordshire.
- Our latest ever
Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory
Our latest ever record by nearly a month.
- Southern Hawker
Male over garden pond
- Willow Emerald Damselflies in Kent
An afternoon visit to Nethergong at 2pm produced 51 Willow Emerald Damselfly, c20 Migrant Hawker and c25 Common Darter.
- 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.
- Strippy sighting
Black and yellow Dragonflie, in my back garden in Plymouth,Devon..
- 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]
- 2 southern hawkers, both egg laying
I saw 2 southern hawkers egg laying at my small garden pond, near Yelverton, Devon.
- Beds, Cambs, Northants and Peterborough
- Willow Emerald
Male willow emerald damselfly on hedgerow. Coneywood Road, Wimblington, PE15
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
- Gloucestershire and Bristol
- Southern Hawkers
Several females seen at the RSPB site in the Forest of Dean near the pond
- 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.
- “Eye Balled” by common Darter!
Seen on the edge of a raised bed 25th September Dunsford Devon
- 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.
- 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.
- Garden full of dragonflies
Five dragonflies think they migrant hawkers. Flying around back garden in a city suburb
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Common Darter
We think it was a Common Darter on our pond in the garden
- Norfolk Hawker
My back garden in Briston.
- East Lothian
Red veined darter dragonfly.
Many on path.
Mating while in flight.
- 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.