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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- 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.
- Banded Demoiselle spotting
several Banded Demoiselle were spotted off the river wey near holybourne.
- Hairy and Downy at Windlesham
2 Hairy Dragonflies, 3 Downy Emeralds and 1 Emperor seen this afternoon at Windlesham Arboretum
Hairy drags,Downy emeralds,scarce chasers,bbc s,imm male BT skimmer,emperors on and around 2 main ponds.2 swimming grass snakes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Common Club-tail
Common Club-tail (f) – settled on hedgerow – Herefordshire, Fownhope
- Broad-bodied Chaser
It is the second I have seen in High Hurstwood this week. I have photos.
- 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.
- Downy Emerald
A number of Downy Emerald Dragonflies wake ponds Epping Forest.
Also Emperor and 4 spot chasers.
- 4 spotted chaser TQ13 9G
on a stem by a small pond at back of estate. private.
- 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.
- Langdon Hills
Hairy dragonfly, settled & showing well in EWT Lincewood.
- Scarce blue-tailed damselfly
Somerton, Somerset, near the river Cary
- 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.
- Teneral Common Darter Lincolnshire
A single teneral Common Darter seen amongst the long grass and orchids in very windy conditions (photo provided)
- 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.
- 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
- 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?
- 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.
- Benfleet Downs, Essex.
1 Emperor, 1f Broad bodied Chaser, 2 Large Red, 10+ Blue tailed, 25+ Azure,
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Scarce Chaser
Basingstoke Canal towpath at around SU890 515.
Also azure damselflies and red eyed damselflies
- Dragons in Nottingham
Moor Bridge nature Reserve pond large red damselflies banded demoiselle male and female also my four dragonfly male broad bodied chaser.
- 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.
- 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
- Emperor Dragonfly in Mundford
3 Anax imperator to MV light in rural garden. Date is start of night.
- Canvey Way ‘ditch’, Essex
25+ Scarce Emerald, mainly females but a few males amongst them, 1 Four spotted Chaser, 1 male Hairy dragonfly.