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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- Skimming the pond
I visited Stow cum Quy Fen early afternoon. Around the large pond, Black-tailed Skimmers were the most common dragonfly there. At least 3 copulating pairs. Pleased to see my first Ruddy Darters for this year. Also 3 Emperor Dragonflies, 2 males and 1 female, 3 Four-spotted Chasers, 2 Hairy Dragonflies, several Azure Damselflies and 1 Large Red Damselfly.
- Big red
Large red damselfly seen at our natural garden pond ,at least I think it’s a large red , I have no knowledge to call upon
- White legged damselfly
- Emperor dragonfly
First time we’ve seen an emperor in our garden in Watford!
- Damsels galore !
Several – Small Red-eyed Damselflies
On a large pond in East Sussex, early afternoon.
- Park Life
Emperors, Broad-bodied Chaser, Common Darter, Banded Demoiselle, Blue-tailed Damselfies all on the Wildlife Pond, Prince Consort Gardens, Weston-super-Mare.
- Broad bodied Chaser On garden pond in South Yorkshire!
I have seen a Broad bodied Chaser on flying around my garden pond for the last few days.
- Lower Clyst Valley
The River Clyst and Clyst St Mary Leat north of Clyst St Mary yielded: c90 Banded and 1 Beautiful Demoiselle, 44 White-legged, 12 Azure, 1 Blue-tailed and 2 Large Red Damselflies, 2 Emperors, 2 Broad-bodied Chasers and 8 male Scarce Chasers, including a very dark male almost lacking pruinescence.
- Male emperor dragonfly!
- New Visitor.
I live in Street, Somerset and have just had a pond dug out with a digger.
The size is about 4 x 5 metres. The ground is extream clay based. No pond liner yet but due to the heavy rain last week we have about 8 inches of water in it.
Today 25th June a Black Tailed Skimmer paid us a visit and was very interested in our pond. Skimmering across the top of the pond.
This is the first dragon fly we have ever seen in our garden so is this a good sign.
Pond liner will be put in next week with all the plants so it will be a great
habitate for wildlife.
- Norfolk no more
Several Green eyed hawkers seen Amwell pits area and Ash
- Langmere Pond
Blue emperor on my private pond recently created.
Happy for a visitor to verify by prior arrangement.
- emperor dragonfly in garden
It flew into the garden – landed on the edge of a raised bed – stayed for a few seconds and then flew off cm96hd
- Cheshire and Wirral
- Golden Ring Dragonfly in our pond
Pond dipping with 16 year olds in our pond, collected 2 dragonfly’s ,put them back safely.
- Gold ringed dragonfly
On back in garden, still alive
- Emporer female laying eggs
Saw a female Emporer Dragonfly laying her eggs in pond weed on a reed pond next to/behind Snettisham beach on 24th June – temperature that day was 30°c. Male was also present darting about
- Beauty Gold ringed dragonfly
Gold ringed Dragonfly, Cothelstone hill, Somerset.
- my first norfolk
never seen one before today sighted 5 norfolk hawker and managed to get photo,also15 +emperor , scarce-chaser m/f ,four-spotted chaser, black-tailed
skimmer. banded demoiselle m/f and to many to count blue damsel.
little paxton nature reserve.
- Northstowe new lakes
Good range of species on the new lakes, ponds and ditches at Northstowe (new town development):
Common Emerald, Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Common and Ruddy Darter starting to appear
70+ Black-tailed Skimmers, 30+ Four-spots, Emperors and a couple of Hairy, also 20+ of Common Blue, Azure, Red-eyed and Blue-tailed Damselflies. Large Red Damselfly and Broad-bodied Chaser still hanging on.
The Variable Damselfly and Banded Demoiselle were most likely just passing through
- Banded Demoiselle visit
Not seen a banded demoiselle in my Hertfordshire garden before (we don’t even have a pond!). Flying between my hydrangea & blackberry bramble for 20mins before visiting someone else’s garden.
- Dragonfly Broad bodied chaser
A broad bodies chaser on my house. Barnsley South Yorkshire. S71 5BU
- Greater London
- The 5 Emperors!
5 super A.imperator emerged from my pond this morning. I found the exuviae. Got photos of 2 females. They picked a beautiful day for it! Still at least 3 more in there.
- Leicestershire and Rutland
- First identified dragonfly
I saw a broad bodied chaser female at my home address in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England.
She flew into my garden and landed on a rake that was holding my sunflowers up straight.
She stayed there for around a minute Nd then flew off.
- Stover dragonfly survey
An attempt to census dragonflies at the lake and its surrounding wetlands produced: 20 Emerald (11 emerging), c555 Azure, c785 Common Blue, 13+ Red-eyed, 20+ Small Red-eyed, 12 Large Red and 45 Blue-tailed Damselflies, 15 Emperors, 1 (female) Hairy, 6 Broad-bodied and 13 Four-spotted Chasers, 46 Black-tailed and 5 Keeled Skimmers, and 6 emergent Common Darters. That’s 1,542 (give or take a few!) of 14 species in case you were wondering.
- Greater Manchester
- Brown Hawker sunbathing
I caught a male Brown Hawker happily sunbathing on the side of my house this morning.
- Important visitor to our new wildlife pond
I saw the female Emperor dragonfly laying eggs on both the water lily leaves and also a small area of blanket weed. We had the pond constructed last July in our paddock. Having planted it up last Autumn it is now becoming established. It has given us an incredible amount of pleasure and interest – in fact in spite of living in the country all my life it just proved how little I knew about nature!
- Cheshire and Wirral
- Damsel delights
We have counted 355 white-legged damselflies between Swanley (SJ61738 52523) and Marbury lock (SJ56223 46444) on the Llangollen canal in Cheshire this June. We witnessed many pairs mating and egg-laying. With few county records in recent years we are not sure if this is under recording or the sunny spring and lack of barge traffic has helped them flourish.
- Banded Demoiselle (male)
My back garden, in Kidderminster.
Near the River Stour
- Cornwall with Scilly
- Red Veined Darters in cop
Male and Female Red Veined Darters in cop flying over large open water pond at Windmill Farm The Lizard Cornwall
- In the garden
A southern hawker female circling around my garden