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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- Vagrant Emperor in Hampshire
Vagrant Emperor resting on reeds around my garden pond – Old Basing Hampshire.
- Broad Pool Gower Penninsula West Glamorgan
A beautiful sunny day starting at 5-50am and leaving at 4-50pm 11 hours of dragonfly spotting so here are the figures for Broad pool
Emperors 51 ( 47 males 4 females), Common Hawker 5 all males, Golden Ring 4 all males, Keeled Skimmer 7 males 1 female, Black tailed skimmer 21 males 5 females, Broad bodied chasers 6 males 1 female, 4Spot Chasers 300 + numerous copulations and females ovipositing, Juvenile Black darters 30, Common Darter 3 Juveniles, Large red damselfly 100 + Azure and Common Blue 500 + Emerald damselfly 500 + 300 + emerging
- Chorleywood Common, 4 Broad bodied Chasers, a female Four-spotted Chaser, 6 Emperors
Chorleywood Common.: 4 male Broad-bodied Chasers, 6 male Emperors, 1 female Four-spotted Chaser ovipositing
- Scarce Chasers – River Blackwater
River Blackwater: 2 Male Scarce Chasers @ Lakeside Nature Reserve. Patrolling a small 15m area of the river.
- robust emerald present at Thompson common
Robust [Scarce] Emerald present at Thompson common observed on the first two Pingos once out of the woodland surrounding the carpark. 3 males and 2 femaales seen in an hour. [The Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas has been unilaterally renamed Robust Spreadwing by K B Dijkstra. The BDS has not adopted these names. Ed]
At noon today there were still three male Red-veined Darters flying out over the Boating Lake on Southampton Common. Yesterday there was also a female ovipositing in tandem with one of the males.
- Golden-ringeds in Bowland
Bowland: At a well-known site here, several Golden-ringed Dragonflies were active on some fell-side runnels. Not too far away at a small acidic pond near Grindleton, another Golden-ringed plus two Common Hawkers and many Large Red, Emerald, and Azure Damselflies.
- Cornhill Meadows Essex
At Cornhill Meadows Essex today I saw 5 Common Hawkers. Banded Demoiselle were everywhere, 4+ Common Blues and 3+ Blue Tailed Damselflies
- North Yorkshire
- Harwood Dale
Harwood Dale. Warm Weather has seen more Dragonflies hatching 2 fourspotted Chasers 3 Southern Hawkers 1 Male Emperor 1 Common Hawker 3 Goldrings. Watched a male and a female Southern Hawker hatch out mid morning. The Four Spotted male chasing of the Emperor while the female Oviposited.
- Gold ringed dragonfly,catching and eating a wasp. Machen, Caerphilly.12.07.2013
Machen, Caerphilly.. Very hot outside (28deg.C).In the back garden contemplating what to do about the wasps that have been going in and out of a hole in one of my garden walls. A Gold Ringed dragonfly flew into the garden and I was distracted by its distinctive markings and its amazing ability to turn through 180 degrees instantaneously. It flew past the hole in the garden wall and performed one of these instant turns and alighted on the washing line post. I moved in closer for a better look, expecting it to fly off. Instead, it remained on the line post and was struggling to restrain something with its two front legs. I moved closer still and saw that it was holding a wasp.The dragonfly turned the wasp so that they were "face-to-face". Without any further ado, the dragonfly started to eat the wasp head first! It carried on eating until there was only the tiniest bit of wasp abdomen left, the part containing the sting, and flew off dropping the last piece of unwanted wasp as he did so.
I was so amazed by the incident, I was inspired to contact you, in the hope that the above information might add to your database of population distribution, or dragonfly feeding habits. It has certainly added to my knowledge database, as I did not know that dragonflies ate wasps!
I trust this is of use to you,
- Kenfig NNR: 12 Red-veined Darters along the east shore including a pair ovipositing, also 20+ Black-tailed Skimmers, 3 Common Darters, 3 Emperors and 100+ Common Blue Damselflies.
Kenfig NNR: 12 Red-veined Darters along the east shore including a pair ovipositing, also 20+ Black-tailed Skimmers, 3 Common Darters, 3 Emperors and 100+ Common Blue Damselflies.
- Emperor dragonflies and red eyed damselflies
A trip to Bedfords Park in Romford yesterday. The main lake was a hive of activity with at least 7 male emperor dragonflies patrolling the 3 accessable margins and 2 oviposting females. Black tailed skimmers were also present, 1 ruddy darter perched and a number of azure damselflies, including tandem and oviposting pairs were seen. Only 3 red eyed damselflies were seen and no small red eyed (this lake was home to 100s to 1000s a few years ago). Some photos here: http://www.uk-wildlife.co.uk/emperor-dragonfly-in-flight-at-bedfords-park/
2 smaller hawkers were seen with the sun behind them before being chased off by 1 of the male emperors so no definate ID.
- Whisby Nature Park BioBlitz
BDS members were invited to take part in a Bioblitz at Whisby Nature Park, Lincoln on 12 and 13 July 2013 during the hottest period of the year so far. As part of this thirteen species of odonata were recorded by myself as follows: red-eyed damselfly (10), Azure Damselfly (100's), Common Blue Damselfly (1000's), Blue-tailed damselfly (100's), Large red damselfly (10), Emerald damselfly (50) Banded demoiselle (1), Southern hawker (1), Brown Hawker (15), Emperor (6), Black-tailed skimmer (3), Four-spotted chaser (7) and Common darter (3).
- Thameside Nature Park
Thameside Nature Park: Emporer Dragonfly 3 (2 male & 1 female), Brown Hawker 2, Black Tailed Skimmer several, Common Darter, Blue Tailed Damselfly
- Lestes sponsa Emerald Damselfly spotted in back garden pond.
Lestes sponsa Emerald Damselfly spotted in back garden pond. Back graden pond. the pond is about 2 months old. Watercress is growing in the top of the waterfall and this is where the damselfly spent about 30 mins flying and resting on the watercress. This damselfly was a much brighter green than the picture of the one you have on your sight.
If I see one again I will try and get a photo of it. 🙂
Post code of siteing PE29 1NW
- Netherton meadow, Saltwells LNR first Southern hawker of the year, 7 four spot chasers, azures, bluetails and a male broard bodied chaser.
Netherton meadow, Saltwells LNR first Southern hawker of the year, 7 four spot chasers, azures, bluetails and a male broad bodied chaser.
- female broad bodied chaser
Female broad bodied chaser flew into conservatory, no ponds or water nearby. (Near Blackpool).
- Emperor, Brown Hawker, Four-spot Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer and variety of Damselfy on Grantham Canal, Nottinghamshire
3 male Emperor and 1 female Emperor (ovipositing), 4 Brown Hawker, 20+ Four-spot Chasers and 1 male Black-tailed Skimmer along with Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed, Red-eyed and Large Red Damselfly between Wild's Bridge and Irish Jack's Bridge on the Grantham Canal, near Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire
- Scarce chasers on River Blackwater
River Blackwater at SU 885 518. Two male scarce chasers and a brown hawker. Damselflies present: common blue, blue tailed and azure damselflies and banded demoiselles.
- East Lothian
- First Common Darter of year plus four spot and a few damsels
My first Common Darter of the year plus a Four-spotted Chaser and a few Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies all at Blindwells Pond.
River Yare, Cringleford Norwich. The first Southern Hawker was flying up and down the riverside path today during my lunch hour. Three Emperor's and five Brown Hawker's and one Hairy yesterday……….. the sun was out.
- Still c10 Red-veined Darters at Kenfig NNR
c10 Red-veined Darters (still), Common Blue Damselfly (1000+), Emperor Dragonfly (4), Black-tailed Skimmer (c20) along the east shore of Kenfig Pool.
Some record shots of the RVD's on the link http://vc41dragonflies.blogspot.co.uk
- Thursley Common 11 July
Thursley Common: 1 Brilliant and several Downy Emeralds around Moat Pond this afternoon. Large numbers of Keeled Skimmer and Four-spotted Chaser along boardwalks, with some Common Darter and 1 Black-tailed Skimmer. Lots of Large Red Damselflies.
- Hundred + Scarce Chasers in Norfolk
Ted Ellis Reserve, Wheatfen, Surlingham, Norfolk
Still lots of Scarce Chasers (100+) (best site in UK for them?), 2 Norfolk Hawkers, 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Four spot Chaser, 1 Black Tailed Skimmer (female), 1 Emperor, Azure Damselflies (numerous), Blue Tailed Damsels (lots but not as many as Azures)
- Norfol hawkers still showing at Paxton
Norfolk hawkers still showing at Paxton. 5-6 individuals over water soldier and along rear phragmites bed on NW coner of Hayling lake.
- Rainham Marshes
Rainham Marshes: Emporer Dragonfly 5, Black Tailed Skimmer, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue Tailed Damselfly
- Red-veined Darter
At least 10 Red-veined Darter, all males, along the eastern edge of the main pool at Kenfig NNR, 10th July 2013. Also plenty of Black-tailed Skimmers, Emperor, Common Blue damselfly and the usual common species.
- Large Numbers of Odonata at Elvetham Heath NR
Elvetham Heath Local Nature Reserve, NE Hants
A stunning display of, 100+ Small Red Damselflys (by far the highest count for the site), 6 Downy Emeralds and 30+ Keeled Skimmers. Unconfirmed reports of Black Darter also.
- Red-veined Darters
On the model boating lake on Southampton Common this morning were 3 male Red-veined Darters clashing with the Black-tailed Skimmers.
Sixteen species at Cadnam Common this afternoon including a female Black Darter – my first of the year – and the Small Red-eyed Damselfly count has gone up to six with a female seen in tandem with one of the males. Just one Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly today.
- Emperor, Four spotted chaser, Black tailed skimmer, Common darter, Brown hawker, Common blue damselfly Large red damselfly
Langdon Hills. Four emperors included 3 males & a female egg laying. One each of four spotted chaser, black tailed skimmer & brown hawker. Two common darter. One pond held a dozen or so of large red damselflies; many common blue damselflies, widespread.