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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Nottinghamshire
  • 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.

23 Oct 2019
IA
  • Staffordshire
  • 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.

23 Oct 2019
RB
  • Gwynedd
  • 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.

22 Oct 2019
KMB
  • Dorset
  • Late Common Blue Damselfly
  • Found at Longham Lakes whilst searching for Vagrant Emperor, photographed.

22 Oct 2019
MJG
  • Dorset
  • 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.

22 Oct 2019
MJG
  • Cornwall with Scilly
  • no vagrant birds but a vagrant dragon.
  • Female Vagrant Emperor, seen well and photographed, Caerthillian, The Lizard.

21 Oct 2019
PAM
  • 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!

20 Oct 2019
FL
  • Yorkshire
  • 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

18 Oct 2019
AJS
  • Lincolnshire
  • Car Dyke dragons
  • On a walk between Thurlby annd Kates Bridge ( Lincs)
    Saw at least 12- 15 Common Darters Male& Female

17 Oct 2019
M P
  • Hampshire
  • Female southern Hawker
  • Seen on a path, perhaps just resting or unwell? Looked uninjured and alive and a beautiful brown and bright green!

17 Oct 2019
KH
  • Birmingham
  • 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.

16 Oct 2019
GV
  • 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.

13 Oct 2019
A E & E M
  • Lancashire
  • Vagrant Emperor
  • Flew past me and landed on shrub

12 Oct 2019
MH
  • Sussex
  • Sunbathing Common Darter male
  • Garden in Little Common East Sussex

10 Oct 2019
SB
  • Highland and Islands
  • 10+ large Red Damselflies on 10th October
  • I saw 10+ large red Damselflies by the River in West Lochaber

10 Oct 2019
DSH
  • Dorset
  • 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.

10 Oct 2019
OJF
  • Bedfordshire
  • Another new species
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly seen perched on a leaf by a brook in mid Bedfordshire.

09 Oct 2019
SLT
  • Kent
  • Our latest ever
  • Red-veined Darter
    Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

    Our latest ever record by nearly a month.

08 Oct 2019
  • Cheshire
  • Southern Hawker
  • Male over garden pond

05 Oct 2019
MRW
  • Kent
  • Willow Emerald Damselflies in Kent
  • An afternoon visit to Nethergong at 2pm produced 51 Willow Emerald Damselfly, c20 Migrant Hawker and c25 Common Darter.

05 Oct 2019
  • Yorkshire
  • 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.

02 Oct 2019
MA
  • Devon
  • Strippy sighting
  • Black and yellow Dragonflie, in my back garden in Plymouth,Devon..

01 Oct 2019
DMW
  • Devon
  • 2 southern hawkers, both egg laying
  • I saw 2 southern hawkers egg laying at my small garden pond, near Yelverton, Devon.

29 Sep 2019
TH
  • Beds, Cambs, Northants and Peterborough
  • Willow Emerald
  • Male willow emerald damselfly on hedgerow. Coneywood Road, Wimblington, PE15

29 Sep 2019
GT
  • Kent
  • 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]

29 Sep 2019
Pb
  • Gloucestershire and Bristol
  • Southern Hawkers
  • Several females seen at the RSPB site in the Forest of Dean near the pond

28 Sep 2019
SMS
  • Somerset
  • 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.

28 Sep 2019
LB
  • Surrey
  • 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!

28 Sep 2019
MA
  • Armagh
  • 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

28 Sep 2019
PB
  • Kent
  • 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.

26 Sep 2019
JRM
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