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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- 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. .
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Large red Damsel Cornwall
Large red damsel, photo taken Bissoe Valley N.R Cornwall 03 04 2014 two more spotted in flight
- Large Red Damselfly at Wildgrounds Reserve, Gosport
Large Red Damselfly at Wildgrounds Reserve, Gosport. Adult, newly emerged, from the nearby River Alver.
- 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.
- Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly emerged today in our garden wildlife pond.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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
- 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
- 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).
- Late Common Darter
Today there was a diffent male Common Darter to that seen last friday. Picture on my blog.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Common Darter
1 Male Common Darter at Bystock Pools, near Exmouth
A visit to Fermyn Woods today on a very warm day and saw Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, and Broad Bodied Chaser
- 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
- North Lincs
- Late Common Darter
A lone Common Darter was flying in the late autumn sunshine at Crowle Moor south this afternoon
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hanging on
Today I could find only four Common Darters (2m,2f) at Tucker's Bridge Pond (NF) and three males at Badminston.