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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
Holme Fen – two hairy dragonflies, one male and one female.
Woodwalton Fen – scarce chasers, broad bodied chaser, large red damselfly, azure (lots) and variable (one) damselflies.
- North Lincolnshire
- Messingham Sand Quarries Visit.
Good numbers of species on the wing today: 131 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 6 Large-red Damselfly, 529 Azure Damselfly, 448 Common-blue Damselfly, 8 Red-eyed Damselfly and finally 7 Hairy Dragonfly. All the latter 4 species being personal 'first' records for the year.
- Great Wakering. 10 Blue-tailed, 20+ Azure and 7 Red-eyed Damselflies including a full male.
- first large red damselfly in my pond in South East London
13.30 on Saturday 10th May – first large red damselfly seen flying (and settling) near my pond (car size) in Beckenham BR3. Hopefully the first of many!
- Vivid female broad-bodied chaser, newly emerged.
One female broad-bodied chaser, newly-emerged and drying out on a bush in mid-Essex suburban garden. Vibrant yellow colouring and clear black markings on wing tips. Mid-afternoon and sunny with showers.
- RSPB Ouse Fen – Four Spotted Chaser
RSPB Ouse Fen (Cell 3). Recently emerged Four Spotted Chaser. Very windy and cloudy with bright, warm sunny short periods.
- Langdon Hills (One Tree Hill)
Broad Bodied Chaser-1
- Dungeness RSPB Reserve
3 Hairy Dragonfly
8 Common Blue Damselfly
male Blue-tailed Damselfly
- Tyne and Wear
- First sighting of Large Red damselfly
Today I saw my first two Large Red damselfly of the year at Throckley Pond, Tyne and Wear. There have been other sightings in this region today
- Large Red Damselfly
Seen flying around and settling patch of brambles, nettles patch next to River Pinn, Cheney Field, Eastcote, Middlesex. Grid Reference TQ 114890.
- East Sussex
- Pannel Valley Variable Damselfly
A single male Variable Damselfly today in the Pannel Valley near Pett.
- Wiltshire VC7
- Another Hairy exuvia and a few 4-spots.
I visited Swillbrook Lakes yesterday and managed to find a second exuvia of Hairy Dragonfly there; also on Yellow Flag! Where there are two there must be more…just need some sunny, calm weather now to see flying adults! In the surrounding marginal vegetation there were also several Four-spotted Chasers in various stages of emergence. Another new species for the year. Pictures on my blog.
- Large red damselfy, Crombie Park
A solitary male Large Red Damselfly at the Dragonfly Pond in Crombie Park.
River Yare, Cringleford, Norwich. The first Azure Damselflies have emerged this past weekend and the first Banded Demoiselle (male) seen today. Hairy Hawkers keeping a low profile under the constant changing weather conditions.
- Scarce Chasers at Wesbere Lakes
I received at text from a friend whilst at work today to say he had found 5 Scarce Chasers at Westbere Lakes in East Kent. Although the weather was not that good late afternoon, I made a brief visit and managed to find 1 Scarce Chaser which posed for a few distant shots. It seems another early emerger this year as it's normally a few weeks yet until they are seen. Also seen were 7 Hairy Dragonfly and 1 Banded Demoiselle. Shots on my Blog later.
- Marsh Farm CP South Woodham Ferrers
Marsh Farm CP South Woodham Ferrers. Hairy dragonfly and a Common blue damselfly
- BB Chaser Holme marsh village reserve
Broad-bodied Chaser at Holme Marsh village reserve. At side of path to the first hide, flew higher in bushes as I approached, just a single specimen.
- Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire
Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire on Tues 6th May 2014. Large Red Damselfies, two Common Blue Damselflies in tandem. Weather sunny, wind SE.
- Banded Demoiselles at Westbere Lakes
I called into Westbere Lakes tonight in East Kent and managed to find 7 Banded Demoiselle, 7 Large Red Damselfly, 10+ Hairy Dragonfly with 1 male seen catching a male Banded Demoiselle in mid air, hundreds of Variable Damselfly with good numbers of Red eyed and Blue tailed Damselfly and only a few Azure Damselfly. Photos on my Blog.
- Isle of Wight
- Downy Emerald at Arreton, Isle of Wight
One Downy Emerald seen late afternoon today at Arreton on Isle of Wight.
- Wiltshire VC7
- Hairy Dragonfly proved breeding in North Wilts [VC7]
Yesterday an observer found a single exuvia of Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) on a Yellow Flag leaf at the northern margin of Swillbrook Lake near to the footpath. For the past 2 or 3 years there has been the odd sighting of flying adults so it's nice to know they are breeding. Hopefully more will be found in this and nearby areas soon. This is also the first breeding record for the Cotswold Water Park.
- Broad Bodied Chasers, Banded Demoiselles, Azure damselflies
Broad Bodied Chaser Dragonflies and Azure Damselflies are now emerging in some numbers at Dunyeats Hill nature reserve, Broadstone, Dorset.
Just down the road at Canford Magna some Banded Demoiselles have begun emerging next to the River Stour.
- RSPB Fen Drayton – Hairy Dragonfly, Damselflies
RSPB Fen Drayton – Dragonfly Pond. Hairy Dragonfly pair in copula. Damselflies : Common blue, Blue-tailed, Red-eyed (Male teneral). 18 degrees C, mainly clear sky.
- Isle of Wight
- First sighting of an Azure
An immature Azure damselfly seen fluttering around my garden today.Very recent emergent. www.flickr.com/photos/odonatas
- Downy Emeralds etc in Devon
Another Downy Emerald was photographed emerging at Bystock on 5 May and I found an exuvia of this species at Little Bradley Ponds on 6 May. A female Hairy Dragonfly was photographed at Stover on the 5th. Otherwise dragonflies are rather scarce in Devon at the moment. A couple of Four-spotted Chaser exuviae and a few emerging Azure Damselflies were at LBP, and Large Reds were at all the locations mentioned above, plus my garden pond (where a Broad-bodied Chaser appeared on 24 April).
- Vange Marsh
Vange Marsh, Hairy Dragonfly- 2 males
- At private fishing lake near Chelmsford, 7 Red eyed Damselflies, 10 Azure Damselflies, 4 Large red Damselflies and 1 Four-spotted chaser
At private fishing lake near Chelmsford, 7 Red eyed Damselflies, 10 Azure Damselflies, 4 Large red Damselflies and 1 Four-spotted chaser
- Downy Emerald emerging in the Forest of Dean
On a visit to a woodland pond in the Forest of Dean, only one Downy Emerald was seen emerging along with its exuvia. Emergence of odonata seems to be a little late this year in the FoD, as Large Red Damselflies only seem to be emerging with most seen being first-flights and tenerals, and only two teneral male Azures were spotted.
- Common Club-tails at Goring
Two Common Club-tail Gomphus vulgatissimus had emerged on the railway bridge parapet at Goring yesterday, Saturday 3rd May.
- Broad-bodied Libellula -young male or female
Broad-bodied Libellula -young male or female; Spotted today perched on a cane in the herbaceaous border of our garden in Harbledown, near Canterbury. Managed to get several photographs.