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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- Just when yu thought it was a over1
Circa 2 dozen Common Darters mating, ovipositing in new development offset ponds on a sunny October afternoon.
- Found in a tropical fish tank
Whilst looking in our tropical fish tank we noticed the damselfly sitting on top of the filter. It looks as if it may have hatched in there.
- Possible Vagrant Emperor
2 brief sightings of a large (hawker or emperor sized) dull coloured dragonfly from the new hide at The Spinnies reserve, Gwynedd. I have seen Vagrant Emperor elsewhere in Europe, although not in UK and feel this is the most likely identification, but views were too brief and distant to be sure. Happy for anyone nearby to verify if possible.
- Late Common Blue Damselfly
Found at Longham Lakes whilst searching for Vagrant Emperor, photographed.
- Female Vagrant Emperor
A female Vagrant Emperor at Longham Lakes was observed by four people. Probably been here since at least the previous weekend when two were seen, a male and female.
- Cornwall with Scilly
- no vagrant birds but a vagrant dragon.
Female Vagrant Emperor, seen well and photographed, Caerthillian, The Lizard.
- North Ayrshire
- Admiring Dragonflies on Arran
Magnificent, large dragonfly flew into living room on very sunny afternoon – Sandbraes area of Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran. After taking a photo of it as it settled on window ledge, we very carefully helped it outside open door again. Later that same afternoon we then saw a great number of dragonflies flying around us & amongst the ferns as if enjoying playing in the mid-October sunshine, whilst we took a walk to the nearby Viking Fort, at Kings Cross point, Whiting Bay. It was quite magical!
- North Sea Darter
Common Darter resting on fallen branch in a clearing at the end of Spurn Point, at the mouth of the Humber Estuary
- Car Dyke dragons
On a walk between Thurlby annd Kates Bridge ( Lincs)
Saw at least 12- 15 Common Darters Male& Female
- Female southern Hawker
Seen on a path, perhaps just resting or unwell? Looked uninjured and alive and a beautiful brown and bright green!
- Odonata Old Darter
I often go to Edgbaston’s lovely Cannon Hill Park in my lunch break. They have a 25m long scale model of the Elan Valley reservoirs that supply Birmingham’s water and I have seen several Odonata species there. In the weak autumn sunshine the dragonflies enjoy the warm concrete. They are declining now of course, but today two elderly male Common Darters were out basking, looking ruddy and rather inactive.
- Highland and Islands
- Southern Hawker Isle of Skye
Southern Hawker resting on my white house wall in the sunshine mid afternoon. Only reporting this because having checked the distribution map on your site the Isle of Skye is not include. Have photos if required.
- Vagrant Emperor
Flew past me and landed on shrub
- Sunbathing Common Darter male
Garden in Little Common East Sussex
- Highland and Islands
- 10+ large Red Damselflies on 10th October
I saw 10+ large red Damselflies by the River in West Lochaber
- Red-vein in the reeds
One female Red-veined Darter, within the middle of a reedbed at Hengistbury Head, Christchurch. A rarity within Christchurch Harbour, with few records in recent years.
- Another new species
Willow Emerald Damselfly seen perched on a leaf by a brook in mid Bedfordshire.
- Our latest ever
Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory
Our latest ever record by nearly a month.
- Southern Hawker
Male over garden pond
- Willow Emerald Damselflies in Kent
An afternoon visit to Nethergong at 2pm produced 51 Willow Emerald Damselfly, c20 Migrant Hawker and c25 Common Darter.
- Common darter feeding
I was sat on a bench along the Rivelin Valley footpath in Sheffield. I had noticed a common darter perching on the bench, which took off as I sat down. I thought I had scared it off, but it flew around me and landed again on more or less the same spot. Over the next 10 minutes it did this several times, and I realised that it was hunting and feeding. In between sorties, it’s jaws could be seen moving. This would be followed by several cocks of its head, before it would dart out and grab its next meal.
- Strippy sighting
Black and yellow Dragonflie, in my back garden in Plymouth,Devon..
- 2 southern hawkers, both egg laying
I saw 2 southern hawkers egg laying at my small garden pond, near Yelverton, Devon.
- Beds, Cambs, Northants and Peterborough
- Willow Emerald
Male willow emerald damselfly on hedgerow. Coneywood Road, Wimblington, PE15
- Big dragonfly!
A large mainly green dragonfly in the garden has been visiting for a couple of weeks,even came in doors briefly. Tried a photograph but it was very quick in flight didn’t settle anywhere. Beautiful colour green. [Very probably a Southern Hawker dragonfly – GHM BDS]
- Gloucestershire and Bristol
- Southern Hawkers
Several females seen at the RSPB site in the Forest of Dean near the pond
- Common Hawker maybe?
Spotted in my garden this morning! I do not have a water feature but there is a river in the field nearby. It very large and quite beautiful blue and gold.
- A Swarm of happy Emperor Dragonflies!
At a local forest in Horsell, was a small lake with Emperor buzzing every where! We now call it dragonfly lake!
- Aghalee hawkers
We saw common hawker on our washing. We have large ponds and see all sorts of dragonflies but this is the first time we have been able to see one up close and photograph it.
Area – Aghalee, Co Armagh, N Ireland
- Willow emerald damselfly. Preston garden centre
Male willow emerald damselfly, spotted in the large beech hedgerow by garden centre show garden, hunting mosquitoes.
Plus 4 Common darters, 2 migrant hawkers.