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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- Southern emerald damselfly – Kent
Single female southern emerald damselfly present at Cliffe Marshes this morning, in tall grass alongside the track running immediately north from the viewing mound (approx. TQ 721 778). Also 30+ scarce emeralds, abundant blue-tailed damselfly and ruddy darter, 3 emperor, 2 black-tailed skimmer, and a single four-spotted chaser present in the ditch system to the north of the viewing mound.
Good numbers of both small red-eyed and red-eyed damselfly present on the lake at Bluewater shopping centre, in additon to brown hawker, four-spotted chaser, 3+ emperor and several common blue damselfly.
- Brown Hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser, Common Darter and Common Blue Damselfly at Langar Village Pond, Nottinghamshire
Langar Village Pond, Nottinghamshire: 1 female Brown Hawker ovipositing, 10 male Common Darters in addition to two pairs in cop and then ovipositing and 1 female Broad-bodied Chaser ovipositing at Langar Village Pond. Large numbers of Common Blue Damselfly also present.
- Wiltshire VC 7/8
- Lesser Emperor at Cotswold Water Park!
Whilst co-leading a group around the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Lower Moor Farm reserve complex at the Cotswold Water Park [CWP]this afternoon, I discovered a male Lesser Emperor flying along the margin of Mallard Lake in a similar location to those seen during the influx of 2006. I got Tim Kaye [co-leader] onto it just before it was 'buzzed' by a male Emperor and flew off not to be seen again! As we ran out of time we couldn't spend more time trying to relocate it but it would be worth visitors to the CWP looking out for it there and any other nearby locations such as Swillbrook Lakes!
- 2 male and 1 female Beautiful Demoiselles from the footbridge on the west side of Hillhouse Wood, West Bergholt this afternoon, + Brown Hawker.
2 male and 1 female Beautiful Demoiselles from the footbridge on the west side of Hillhouse Wood, West Bergholt this afternoon, + Brown Hawker.
- Greater London (Essex)
- Bedfords Park LNR. Damsels: Scarce Emerald and 6 other species; Emperor, Southern and Brown Hawker, BBC, Black-tailed Skimmer, Ruddy and Common D
Bedfords Park LNR, North Romford. 250+ Small Red-eyed Damselflies on the lake late afternoon, including many ovipositing pairs. Also Red-eyed and many Common Blue Damsels, 3 Black-tailed Skimmers and 3+ Emperors including a female ovipositing. On the Damselfly Pond 6 male Scarce Emerald Damselflies and good numbers of Azure Damsels, 10+ Ruddy Darters (mature and teneral) and 1 Brown Hawker. On one of the new ponds (2011) in the Wildflower Meadow, 2 female Broad-bodied Chasers ovipositing (worn and with male like colouration), 2 Emerald Damselflies, 3 Blue-tailed Damselflies, 1 Common Darter, 1 ovipositing female Emperor, 1 Brown Hawker and a few Azure and Common Blue Damsels. A female Southern Hawker patrolling low under trees near the car park in the evening completed another good day here.
Holt Lowes, North Norfolk. At least 35 male Keeled Skimmers and 15 females noted.
- Southampton Common
There were still two male Red-veined Darters on the edge of the boating lake on Southampton Common this afternoon with at least nine Small Red-eyed Damselflies (6m,3f) on the increasing vegetation on the lake.
- Large numbers of damselflies and dragonflies at Upper Crockford Stream and Hatchet Moor Pool in the New Forest
Upper Crockford Stream (only walked about 150m along the stream north of the bridge as there was so much about): Beautiful demoiselle, small red damselfly, southern damselfly, golden-ringed dragonfly and keeled skimmers all abundant (at least a couple of dozen male southern damselflies along the sunny patches of the stream in the scrub). One ovipositing broad-bodied chaser and a handful of blue-tailed damselflies (no scarce blue-tailed that I could see). Lots of silver-studded blue and silver-washed fritillaries about as well.
Hatchet Moor Pool: Emperor, keeled skimmers, black-tailed skimmers, emerald damselfy, large red damselfly, small red damselfly, blue-tailed damselfly, small red-eyed damselfly (ovipositing).
- Norfolk hawkers- Westbere
Minimum of 2 Norfolk hawkers still present at Westbere Lake (Kent) this morning (Monday 22nd July). Also single male scarce chaser, male hairy dragonfly (very late!), 3+ brown hawker, 2+ black-tailed skimmer, 3 female common darter, 2+ banded demoiselle, abundant variable damselfly, 2+ red-eyed damselfly, and abundant blue-tailed damselfly.
- Golden – Ringed Dragonfly
2 Male Golden ringed Dragonfly showing well at the stream behind the left hand lake on Thursday and again today. Sissinghurst Castle NT .OS Map 188 TQ810380
- Effra nature garden SE24 0LG firdt female emopra observed
Effra nature garden SE24 0LG: Green Emperor seen 2 pm while clearing up in this urban wildlife oais in central Brixton London.they seem to have adopted the pond in the last two years.Effra is part of the wild life corridor for London Dansels also around the pond.
- Abberton Essex
Abberton Essex: Beautiful Demoiselle – 2 male & 3 female
- Esher Common, 21st July
Esher Common, Black Pond: 2 Brilliant Emerald, several each of Brown Hawker, Emperor and Black-tailed Skimmer; a few each of four-spotted Chaser and immature Southern Hawker, and 1 Common Darter. Lots of Common Blue Damselfly, and small numbers of Blue-tailed and Large Red. Several more Brown Hawker but not much else on nearby Middle Pond, Fairmile Common.
- Isle of Wight
- St.Catherines Point at least 3 Golden ringed dragonflies about streams on the beach
St.Catherines Point at least 3 Golden ringed dragonflies about streams on the beach
- Langdon Hills
Langdon Hills: Emporer Dragonfly: Hunting over meadow some way from water; one patrolling a pond could have been the same. Brown Hawker: 1 hunting in woodland. Southern Hawker: 1 possibly 2 males, hunting in woodland. Common Darter: Several. Red Eyed Damselfly: Several at pond.
- Greater London (Essex)
- Harold Hill, Romford. Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Blue-tailed Damselfly. (21st July)
Harold Hill, Romford. While noting the butterflies visiting my garden today I also saw the following, all singles: Migrant Hawker (my first of the year), male Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, immature Common Darter and Blue-tailed Damselfly.
- White-Faced Darter in Shropshire
On Sunday 21st July four of us (3 people from Berkshire plus a lady from Northampton) decided to make the short trip from Preston Montford Field Studies Centre in Shropshire to the nearby Whixall Moss National Nature Reserve. Three were students unwinding after an end-of-term exam on Biological Recording and – although I wasn't doing the course – I tagged along as I'd never been to this site before.
We specifically hoped to see White-Faced Darters (Leucorrhinia dubia). It's a species none of us have seen before and – we thought – would be a suitable reward from a year of courses, assessments and examinations! Having never been to Whixall Moss before none of us knew what to expect and thought that – at best – we'd get a distant, fleeting view of this small dragonfly. There was no sign after an hour or so, although we had good numbers of Azures, Common Emerald Damsels and teneral Black Darters (which seemed to be everywhere in the warm, muggy conditions) along with a few Emperors, Southern Hawker, Four-Spotted Chaser, Black-Tailed Skimmer and Brown Hawker, together with Gatekeeper and Large Heath butterflies and thousands of grasshjoppers and crickets.
I left the others to explore a little side path to look for Fen Raft Spider in one of the moss bog pools, and was astonished to find a male WFD basking quite happily on the bare ground just a few feet away. I called the others, and we had some superb views of 3 territorial males chasing each other over the water surface and, after short staccato flights, landing on the bare ground virtually at our feet (which I believe is characteristic). Beautiful little insects – albeit a lot smaller than I had expected – and through binoculars we could see every detail of the white frons, red and black thoracic and abdominal markings, and spots on the upper surface.
After some 20 minutes we headed off to see if there were others but, when this proved unsuccessful (although we did have brief views of what we think was Common Hawker) we returned to the bog pool to find a single male and a ovipositing female laying her eggs in a saturated clump of aquatic moss. I don't think we could've asked for any better from our first ever sighting of this species!
- As well as many black darters and emerald damselflies, some four-spotted chasers and a single southern hawker, there were still white-faced darters to be found on Whixall Moss
As well as many black darters and emerald damselflies, some four-spotted chasers and a single southern hawker, there were still white-faced darters to be found on Whixall Moss
- Willow emeralds in Essex
This week saw the first emerging Willow emeralds in Gt Braxted, Essex about 10-12 individuals seen at a small pond together with Broad-bodied and 4 Spotted chasers. On a coastal grazing marsh today good numbers of Scarce emerald damsels (30-40) with a very late Hairy dragonfly.and abundant Ruddy darters and Blue-tailed damsels.
- Breconshire VC42
- Dragons at Mynydd Illtyd, Breconshire SN9525, 9625 on Sat 20 July
Two productive hours 3.00-5.00 at the western end of Mynydd Illtyd about 5 miles west of Brecon, by the largest pool which was the only one still wet, and along a short stretch of the Camlais stream. Totals: 35 Keeled Skimmers, 22 Four-spotted Chasers, 13 Common Hawkers, 8 Black Darters, 50 Azure, 50 Common Emerald, 30 Scarce Blue-tailed and 4 Large Red damselflies. There are one or two past records of Keeled Skimmer here but this was my first sighting. Lots of breeding activity including a male Keeled Skimmer in cop with a female Black Darter.
- Thursley Common
Thursley Common: There were seven Golden-ringed Dragonflies along the stream that runs out of Pudmore and N across Elstead Common. I found none last year as the bottom of the stream was blackened and waterside vegetation was gone due to a fire the previous year. It was formerly a good site for Brilliant Emeralds too; perhaps they will return next year. Beautiful Demoiselles still at low numbers along the stream; they were formerly abundant.
The Moat Pond is very poor for Dragons and Damsels, compared to how it was in the 80's. A recent sweep around the jetty revealed a considerable number of Goldfish, but it is difficult to see how they can be removed. My plan would be to create an island so that herons can fish for them as the edges of the pond are too deep even for a heron to wade. Also the water quality needs to be checked. Can BDS organise something for this important pond? Litte Grebes have ceased breeding on the pond within the last few years, whereas they used to breed ever year. That must indicate something is wrong. Ony one Downy and one Brilliant Emerald were seen there.
In the SE corner of the bog five White-legged Damselflies in their regular spot.
- Brokholes Wetlands
Brokholes Wetlands: A coordinated count by five recorders (covering the whole Reserve) was made for Emperors and large 'hawker' dragonflies in 28C temperatures today. Counts were as follows: Emperor (24), Brown Hawker (54), Broad-bodied Chaser (12), Southern Hawker (2), Black-tailed Skimmer (18). Ovipositing females were also observed. Not counted, but present in good numbers, were also Four-spotted Chasers and Common Darters. A few recently-emerged Emerald Damselflies and many other 'blue' damselflies were also seen. On behalf of AH, BG, CP, RS & MF.
Old quarry behind Roydon Common, Kings Lynn.
Three female ovipositing Emperor's together with two sometimes, three males over the pond.
9-12 Four-spotted chasers were chasing, mating and ovipositing all day.
Female Southern Hawker wasn't tollerated over the pond, but kept trying all day, Brown Hawkers could stay though!
Emerald Damselflies were present in their hundreds with fresh ones emerging all day
Common and Ruddy Darters were abundant, emerging and taking maiden flights all day.
The sedges and reed stems were covered with exuvia in places
One Male Black-tailed Skimmer on pond vegetation and one female in the parched surroundings.
Always a great dragonfly site to spend a day
- Dowrog Common: 28 Small Red Damsels including 8 in cop and a male Keeled Skimmer was a new species for me at this site.
Dowrog Common: 28 Small Red Damsels including 8 in cop and a male Keeled Skimmer was a new species for me at this site.
- Amwell in Hertfordshire
Great day today at Amwell in Hertfordshire today I saw 4+ Emperor,1 Female Common Darter,1 Male Ruddy Darter,2 Brown Hawkers,1 Four Spotted Chaser,and many Common,Blue Tailed and 1 Banded Demoiselle
- West Sussex
- Southern Hawker West Sussex
A solitary female Southern Hawker hanging in a tree near Carterslodge Pond, Handcross West Sussex.
- Brown hawker dragonfly seen resting in back garden
Brown hawker dragonfly seen resting in shade on cherry tree in back garden. Beautiful gold markings on wings.Nearest open water is approx 1mile away (river Stour or possibly Longham reservoirs)
- Golden-ringed dragonfly
An obviously golden-ringed dragonfly has just flown in and out of our patio door… we back onto wet woodland and the river Bourne, South of Windsor Great Park. I had never seen anything like it before…
- lestes sponsa Emerald Damselfly at Bulworthy ponds
lestes sponsa Emerald Damselfly at Bulworthy ponds at about 5 pm i paid a visit to my local ponds and saw several Emerald Damselflys in the long grass also saw 2 Goldring 1 male and 1 Female 3 male Emporers 1 female and 1 Four spot Chaser
- Cornwall – Marazion Marsh RSPB
Marazion Marsh RSPB: Unbroken sunshine again, hot, some breeze from NW-NE.
1 Scarce Chaser. I have never seen this species at this location before.
Broad-bodied Chaser: 5+ male over water, 1 female perching, feeding, returning to perch. Black-tailed Skimmer : 5+ male over water, 2 worn female. Emperor : 2 male. 4-Spot : 4-5 over water. Common Darter : 2. Beautiful Demoiselle : 10+ males and females seen in limited view of stream. Blue-tailed Damsel : 1 only seen here.