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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • 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.

     

12 Jul 2013
  • Caerphilly
  • 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,

    Dave Jones

12 Jul 2013
  • Glamorgan
  • 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.

12 Jul 2013
  • Essex
  • 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.

12 Jul 2013
  • Lincolnshire
  • 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).

12 Jul 2013
  • Essex
  • 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

12 Jul 2013
  • Staffordshire
  • 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.

11 Jul 2013
  • Lancs
  • female broad bodied chaser
  • Female broad bodied chaser flew into conservatory, no ponds or water nearby. (Near Blackpool).

11 Jul 2013
  • Nottinghamshire
  • 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

11 Jul 2013
  • Surrey
  • 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.

11 Jul 2013
  • 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.

11 Jul 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • 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. 

11 Jul 2013
  • Glamorgan
  • 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

11 Jul 2013
  • Surrey
  • 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.

11 Jul 2013
  • Norfolk
  • 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)

11 Jul 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
  • 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.

10 Jul 2013
  • Essex
  • Rainham Marshes
  • Rainham Marshes: Emporer Dragonfly 5, Black Tailed Skimmer, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue Tailed Damselfly

10 Jul 2013
  • Glamorgan
  • 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.

10 Jul 2013
  • Hampshire
  • 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.  

09 Jul 2013
  • Hampshire
  • 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.

09 Jul 2013
  • Essex
  • 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.

09 Jul 2013
  • Staffordshire
  • Saltwells Nature Reserve the first Keeled skimmer of the year, hundreds of Azure, lots of Large red, Blue tailed and Common blue. Also seen Banded demoiselle, 3 Broard bodied chasers, 4 four spot chasers, lots of emerging Common darter and an Emperor.
  • Saltwells Nature Reserve the first Keeled skimmer of the year, hundreds of Azure, lots of Large red, Blue tailed and Common blue. Also seen Banded demoiselle, 3 Broard bodied chasers,  4 four spot chasers, lots of emerging Common darter and an Emperor.

09 Jul 2013
  • Hampshire
  • Southern damsel and golden ringed dragons in new forest
  • Crockford stream: at least 3 golden ringed dragonflies, 5+ beautiful demioselles, 6+ southern damselflies (including 2 tandem pairs), 5+ keeled skimmers, 1 broad bodied chaser.

    Hatchet Pond: 10+ broad bodied chasers patrolling over bog bean, 5+ blue tailed damselflies (no scarce BT damsels seen), 1 common darter, 5+ common blue damselflies, 1 pr small red damselflies, 10+ keeled skimmers, 1 black tailed skimmer.

    Photos here:  http://www.uk-wildlife.co.uk/dragonflies-and-damselflies-at-crockford-stream-and-hatchet-pond/

09 Jul 2013
  • Kent
  • Four spotted chaser dragonfly
  • Four spotted chaser spotted in my garden, Petts Wood area, Bromley

08 Jul 2013
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk
  • River Yare, Cringleford Norwich. Lunchtime………..First three Brown Hawkers of the year, still at least one Hairy and Two patrolling Emperor's and Four-spotted Chaser. So many male Banded Demoiselles, so few females! Red-eyed Damselflies also in abundace

08 Jul 2013
  • Surrey
  • Thursley Common – 200+ Keeled Skimmers, 100+ Four-spotted Chasers, 1Black Darter and a male Emperor (Damselflies not recorded)
  • Thursley Common -200+ Keeled Skimmers, 100+ Four-spotted Chasers, 1 Black Darter and a male Emperor (Damselflies not recorded)

08 Jul 2013
08 Jul 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Norfolk Hawker
  • 5 or 6 Norfolk Hawker on Hayling Pit in NW corner. Also Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly. Photos on my blog The Drunkbirder.

07 Jul 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Scarce Chasers in Ouse Washes
  • 20+ male Scarce Chasers in the cut at Ouse Washes RSPB.

07 Jul 2013
  • Scotland
  • Balmoral
  • Golden ringed dragon fly perched on the front tire on my car in the visitor parking lot to the Balmoral estate near the river Dee.  A warm sunny day with no breeze. Placed it on a stalk in the shade before we drove away.

07 Jul 2013
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