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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Berkshire
  • Large Red Damselfly in Berkshire
  • A single (probably teneral) Large Red Damselfly was found on waterside vegetation around a pond at Shinfield Park, Reading on 8th April, enjoying the spring sunshine. Another – possibly the same insect – was seen yesterday (9th) at the same location. .

08 Apr 2014
  • Hampshire
  • Large Red, Sholing, Southampton.
  • Large Red, Sholing, Southampton. My first of the season this afternoon less than half-a-mile from home on a local greenway bordering a stream. Any photos will appear on blog as per usual.

08 Apr 2014
  • Devon
  • Large Red Damselfly in my garden
  • First teneral Large Red Damselfly of the season in my Chudleigh garden, the second earliest after one on 7 April 2011.

08 Apr 2014
  • Wiltshire VC7
  • First odonata for Wiltshire in 2014
  • First odonata for Wiltshire in 2014. Damian Pinguey found several Large Red Damselflies at the regular pond in Chippenham where the first for the year is usually recorded [in VC7 anyway]. One unlucky individual had been caught in a spider's web and half eaten – it looked semi mature so they may well have been out for several days. No records from the south [VC8] yet!

08 Apr 2014
  • Cornwall
  • Large red Damsel Cornwall
  • Large red damsel, photo taken Bissoe Valley N.R Cornwall 03 04 2014 two more spotted in flight

06 Apr 2014
  • Hampshire
  • Large Red Damselfly at Wildgrounds Reserve, Gosport
  • Large Red Damselfly at Wildgrounds Reserve, Gosport. Adult, newly emerged, from the nearby River Alver.

03 Apr 2014
  • Hampshire
  • Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) – male
  • Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) – male . Seen in flight at the "Cat and Fiddle" filling station Lyndhurst Road, Christchurch at approximately mid day. Unfortunately no photograph to verify sighting. My earliest sighting by 16 days in 19 years. 

03 Apr 2014
  • Surrey
  • Large Red Damselfly
  • Large Red Damselfly emerged today in our garden wildlife pond.

02 Apr 2014
  • Suffolk
  • First emerging Large Red Damselflies in Ipswich
  • Five Large Red Damsels (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) emerged from one of my garden water butts in Ipswich on Saturday 29th March, followed by a further four on the 30th. This is exceptionally early.

29 Mar 2014
  • Wiltshire
  • Large dragonfly in flight over M4 motorway
  • Large dragonfly spotted flying over the M4 motorway, not far from the Swindon junction [Friday 7/3/14 apprx. 17:00]. It flew over our car too quickly for a positive I.D. It looked like an Emperor or Hawker. Could this be a vagrant of some kind?

07 Mar 2014
  • Oxfordshire
  • Probable Aeshna in February
  • Yesterday (February 27) my sister saw a large dragonfly in flight in the mid-day sunshine, here in the Thames valley in Oxfordshire, near Faringdon. She described it as a typical large dragonfly with clear wings that clattered in flight, but as it was going away from her into the sun she could not see the colour. She estimated the wingspan at about four inches.  I can think of no dragonfly that would be flying so early in the year, but there were Aeshna species flying here into early December and we have had no frosts to speak of since then. The lowest temperature recorded so far this winter here is minus 3 C. Are there any previous records of large dragonflies surviving through so much of the winter?

27 Feb 2014
  • Cheshire
  • Black and Ruddy Darters at Abney Park , Cheshire
  • Both Black and Ruddy Darters were showing well at Abney park . Also seen were Brown and Southern Hawkers,Emperor Dragonflies,Male and female Broad Bodied Chasers and many Common Darters

23 Dec 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Dragonflys and Damselflys
  • Today I went to rspb Strumpshaw fen very warm and sunny hoping to see Norfolk Hawker and was not disappointed as I saw several in different locations around the reserve,got some good pics also seen Scarce Chaser, Brown Hawker, Banded Demoiselle male and female, Blue Tail and Azure Damselfly

21 Dec 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Late Common Darter
  • This afternoon there was a male Common Darter sunning on a post along the lane between Badminston GP and Sprat's Down (New Forest).

11 Dec 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Late Common Darter
  • Today there was a diffent male Common Darter to that seen last friday. Picture on my blog.

09 Dec 2013
  • Dorset
  • S.striolatum 9m,1f, males clashing over territory, 2 peacock, 6 red admirals also. St. Catherines hill.
  • S.striolatum 9m,1f, males clashing over territory, 2 peacock, 6 red admirals also. St. Catherines hill.

09 Dec 2013
  • Hampshire
  • common darter (male)@the secret garden nature reserve,Bursledon,Hampshire,today 8-12-13.9John Horne.(mem no48270)
  • Common Darter (male) @ the secret garden nature reserve, Bursledon, Hampshire

    Saw lone male common darter catch a fly at about 12 noon, it was sunny and warm temp 52f, it flew down to a sunny bank, it took about 5 mins to finish its meal, in 27years at the reserve this is my latest record.

    John Horne

08 Dec 2013
  • Essex
  • Dragonflys and Damselflys
  • Today first visit this year to Cornhill Meadows and saw plenty of Male and Female Banded Demoiselles, Red Eyed on Lilly pads, Blue Tailed, Common Blue, and a few Hairy Dragonflys

08 Dec 2013
  • Hertfordshire
  • Broad-bodied Chasers on Chorleywood Common, Hertfordshire
  • Broad-bodied Chasers on Chorleywood Common, Hertfordshire. I initially found a female Black-tailed Skimmer on a path about 600m from the nearest pond, I then visited 3 of the 7 ponds on the common.  The two smaller ponds each supported Large Red and Azure damselflies and three Broad-bodied Chasers, two males and a female. At the third and larger pond I counted in excess of 10 male and 5 female Broad-bodied chasers all concentrated in one small part of the pond.

08 Dec 2013
  • Hampshire
  • More late Common Darters
  • At Tucker's Bridge pond late morning there were still a male and a female Common Darter. Unfortunately it clouded over before I could check some other sites.

06 Dec 2013
  • Hampshire
  • December Common Darter
  • There was a Common Darter along the footpath at the western end of Lepe House late morning. It was sunny and about 9C. My latest date but a few more days needed for a Hants record!

05 Dec 2013
  • Devon
  • Common Darter
  • 1 Male Common Darter at Bystock Pools, near Exmouth

05 Dec 2013
  • Northamptonshire
  • Dragonflys
  • A visit to Fermyn Woods today on a very warm day and saw Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, and Broad Bodied Chaser

04 Dec 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Common Darter at Holme
  • Common Darter reported at Holme Bird Observatory – ref Norfolk Ornithologists Association "Front Page" web site http:/norfolkornithologistsassociation.pbworks.com/w/page/10031663/FrontPage

     

01 Dec 2013
  • North Lincs
  • Late Common Darter
  • A lone Common Darter was flying in the late autumn sunshine at Crowle Moor south this afternoon

30 Nov 2013
  • Glamorgan
  • Cosmeston Lakes nr Penarth Vale of Glamorgan 1 solitary male Common Darter sunning itself far side of the conservation lake
  • Cosmeston Lakes nr Penarth Vale of Glamorgan  1 solitary male Common Darter sunning itself far side of the conservation lake

30 Nov 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Tucker’s Bridge Pond 30/11
  • As it was a sunny morning I visited Tucker's Bridge Pond (NF) where there were four Common Darters (2m,2f) with one of the females ovipositing.

30 Nov 2013
  • Northamptonshire
  • Common Dartres
  • Three Common Darters at Barnwell Country Park near Oundle – 1 hawking over the reeds and 2 males found sunning themselves.  All looked in good condition and flew strongly.

27 Nov 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Southern Hawker in New Forest
  • Southern Hawker over Black Water, Rhinefield Drive in the New Forest. Surprised to see  it on the wing so late in the year. It settled in the branch of a tree. I have a photo but very poor quality as l couldnt get close enough.

     

27 Nov 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Hanging on
  • Today I could find only four Common Darters (2m,2f) at Tucker's Bridge Pond (NF) and three males at Badminston.

26 Nov 2013
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