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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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.