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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- Southern Hawker, earliest record
In this year, when most things are late, a Southern Hawker emerged from the garden pond this morning. This is the earliest record for this species in the 29 years we have lived in this house near Uxbridge.
- North Lancs/South Cumbria
- North Lancashire/South Cumbria sightings
River Conder, North Lancs where it runs beside the Lancaster Canal near Conder Green. Lots of Banded Demoiselles, male and female over the water and on the riverside vegetation. Some sunning themselves on the reeds. Also Blue tailed and Common Blue Damselflies
- Damselflies on River Wyre.
Several large red damselflies, two blue-tailed damselfly and territorial male and female banded demoseilles seen on the River Wyre at St Michaels yesterday, despite the cold winds and rain showers.
- Upton Fen and RSPB Strumpshaw
Had a nice morning out at Upton Fen,Norfolk followed by a not such a nice afternoon at RSPB reserve at Strumpshaw.The morning at Upton produced 2 Norfolk Hawkers, a few Common Blues and Azures, even fewer Blue tailed D/flies but the most common Blue were Variables which seemed to be all over the reserve. However the most common odonata were Black tailed skimmers which were literally everywhere. There obviously had been a major emergence of Small Tortoishell butterflies as they were by far the most common insect seen. This is a great reserve as we not only had the dragonflies but had 2 Fen Orchids,2 Common Cranes flew over, Marsh Harriers, Hobbies and other lovely flora including Round leaved Wintergreen.. Unfortunately the weather was a little changeable and by the time I had reached Strumpshaw, it had become very overcast and a lot cooler and windier when the sun went in. Not only did the sun go in but so did the wildlife! I eventually saw another 2 Norfolk Hawkers, a few Black tailed skimmers, a few Common Blues, a couple of Large Reds, 2 Common Emeralds and a fleeting glimpse of a Swallowtail butterfly.
- A fine female Golden-ringed Dragonfly at Nine Wells no doubt feeding on the good numbers of Small Pearl-bordered and Dark Green Fritillaries that were also present. Earlier 2 male Scarce Blue-tailed Damsels at the Dowrog Common.
A fine female Golden-ringed Dragonfly at Nine Wells no doubt feeding on the good numbers of Small Pearl-bordered and Dark Green Fritillaries that were also present. Earlier 2 male Scarce Blue-tailed Damsels at the Dowrog Common.
- Cornwall – Godolphin Woods/ Windmill Farm
After three days of poor weather some hazy sunshine, windy.
Godolphin Woods NT – 2 male, 2 female immature Golden Ringed. 5 Black-tailed Skimmers.1 male Beautiful Dem. Several Large Red Damsels plus some Common Blue and Blue-tailed.
Windmill Farm CWTR – Water activity limited due to late sunshine and wind.
1 male, 1 female Golden Ringed. 1 adult male Red-veined Darter over water. 10+ Broad-bodied Chasers, including 2 teneral. 15+ 4 Spots. 2 female Keeled Skimmers. Black-tailed Skimmers active at water and over heath. 2 male, 1 female Emperor. 15+ teneral Common Darters. Several Beautiful Dems. Azure, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damsels showing well, few Large Reds here.
- Thompson Common – ruddy darters and emerald damselfiles
Must have been a mass emergence of emerald damselfiles and ruddy darters from the ponds at the northern end of Thompson Common, with large numbers of tenerals seen all afternoon. Also large numbers of azure damsels, smaller numbers of mainly immature blue-tailed damsels and a single four-spotted chaser. No sign of any scarce emeralds.
- Banded Demoiselle, Four Spot Chasers copu/ovip, Large Red, Azure & Blue tail damselflies seen, garden wildlife pond, Norwich
Norwich. It was the warmest day of the year so far (temperature 24c) and two Four spotted Chasers were seen copulating over the garden wildlife pond, and then the female starting laying eggs. At 2.50pm I was totally surprised to see a Banded Demoiselle visit the pond. I managed to get a few photos, before it flew off (it was only by the pond for less than a minute). I live on a housing estate in Norwich (and the nearest river is several miles away), so very, very surprised and delighted to see this Banded Demoiselle visit the pond! Large Reds and Azures were ovipositing and a Blue tailed damselfly was also seen. Photos of the Banded Demoiselle can be seen on my website by clicking the following link: http://www.davidboulton.co.uk/gallery_410877.html
- Fen Drayton sightings
Good numbers and variety around Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB and along the River Ouse: Banded Demoiselle (100), Large Red Damselfly (1), Common Blue Damselfly (thousands), Variable Damselfly (20), Azure Damselfly (20), Blue-tailed Damselfly (100), Red-eyed Damselfly (50), Brown Hawker (1), Emperor (2), Hairy Dragonfly (10), Four-spotted Chaser (15), Scarce Chaser (20), Black-tailed Skimmer (10) and Ruddy Darter (1)
- Downy Emeralds at Wake Valley Pond, Epping Forest
5+ Downy Emeralds, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 20 4-Spot Chasers and 4 Emperors on wing over Wake Valley Pond. Also good numbers of Azure, Large Red-eyed and some Large Red Damsels.
- 3 Hairy dragonflies, 20 Banded Demoiselles, 1 Red-eyed damsel seen at Cornmill Meadows, Essex
3 Hairy dragonflies, 20 Banded Demoiselles, 1 Red-eyed damsel seen at Cornmill Meadows, Essex
- Bystock Pools
Bystock Pools, near Exmouth. 12 Small Red Damselflies (10 male, 2 female), also Downy Emerald, Golden Ringed, Emperor, Blue Tailed, Azure, Large Red, Keeled Skimmer
- River Avon south of Pershore
River Avon south of Pershore. A warm and sunny day. Several Scarce Chasers were seen including a mating pair, a huge number of Banded Demoiselles, and a few male Red-eyed Damselflies perched out on the lily-pads. Also Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies but only a very few White-legged.
- Strumpshaw Fen Norfolk
Strumpshaw Fen Norfolk. 4 Norfolk Hawkers, Several Four-spotted Chasers, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, Azure, Blue -tailed and Large Red Damsels.
Avon. There was an impressive number of Banded Demoiselles flying by the river. Also saw several Scarce Chasers as well perched on the bank-side nettles.
- Damselfly Larvae in Langar Village Pond, Nottinghamshire
Several damselfly larvae were found during a pond dipping event at Langar Village Pond. Although the species were not identified there was a range of sizes indicating a series of instars. Such evidence of breeding is encouraging as the pond was only re-excavated and restored on its historic site in autumn 2011.
- Dragonflies New Forest
New Forest. An afternoon at Crockford Bridge produced 1m Golden ringed Dragonfly; 4 Keeled Skimmer; 2 Broad bodied Chaser; 1 Four Spot Chaser; 4 Beutiful Demoiselle; 1 Large Red Damselfly and numerous Common Blue Damselfly
- Wheatfen Broad – scarce chaser & banded demoiselle; Strumpshaw Fen – Norfolk hawker and four-spotted chaser
Wheatfen Broad nature reserve, lunchtime: Large numbers of scarce chaser and banded demoiselle. Also a few Norfolk hawker and immature black-tailed skimmer. Red-eyed, blue-tailed and azure damsels and a single fresh common blue.
Strumpshaw Fen, mid-afternoon: good numbers of Norfolk hawker and four-spotted chaser, showing off well. Vast numbers of ovipositing azure damsels. A few large red and blue-tailed.
- Wiltshire VC 7/8
- Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio) discoverd on Salisbury Plain
After alerting Iain Perkins to the fact that the habitat [temporary pools] he is studying on Salisbury Plain for Fairy Shrimp (Chirocephalus diaphanous) is similar to that used by Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, he agreed to look out for this species during this years studies. The end result is that on 29th June he found I. pumilio at a pool along with I. elegans in the middle of the Plain – and even provided photographic evidence!
This is a new area for this species in Wiltshire although I have suspected it might be present there for several years. Iain will now look out for it as he works across the Plain studying the Shrimp.
You can see an image on my blog.
- Three male Red veined Darters on a small pool within the Hythe Firing Ranges with no public access.
Observed three male Red veined Darters patrolling a small brackish pool within the MOD Hythe Firing Ranges, Kent. The site is not open to the public.
Old quarry, Roydon Common near Kings Lynn Two Male Emperor's and ovipositing female plus two Emperor exuvia found and collected on the same pond, which was dominated by Four-spotted Chasers, males chasing males , mating pairs and ovipositing females along with many more making their maiden flights from the margins. So much activity. Six Emerald Damselflys also noted.
R yare. Cringleford, Several tandem pairs of Willow Emerald today along with a possible Scarce Emerald! resting and ovipositing into decaying 6 inch high plant stems close to the bankside.