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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Cheshire
  • Cavorting on the canal bank
  • Two black calopteryx at Wrenbury, Cheshire.

16 Jul 2019
HT
  • Cornwall with Scilly
  • CWT Windmill Farm, Lizard
  • Emperor 7m. 8f., Golden-ringed 1m., Broad-bodied Chaser 2m., 1f., 4-Spot 15+ pairs and ovi., Black-tailed Skimmer 45+ pairs and ovi and 1 teneral, Red Veined Darter 25+ pairs and ovi., Common Darter 20+ incl 10 emergers, Beautiful Demoiselle 1m., 1f., Emerald Damsel 15+ incl. pairs and ovi., Common Blue 40+ incl. pairs and ovi., Blue-tailed 10+, and 1 Lesser Emperor.

16 Jul 2019
CAM
  • Bedfordshire
  • Thousands of Common Blue Damselflies !
  • Mass sighting of these beautiful Damselflies at Harrold O’Dell Park/Nature Reserve in Bedfordshire. Never seen so many before – flying over a lake and also along the shore line with lots of mating in evidence. Also saw at least 4 species of dragonflies – an amazing location highly recommended!

16 Jul 2019
AJR
  • Sussex
  • Downy Emerald
  • I work at the RSPCA near Southwater (we have a large pond in the office grounds). Saw one of these on the hunt flying beside the office building. Had a very good look at it as it hovered six feet away from me a few times.
    The postcode here is RH19 4DE

16 Jul 2019
C B
  • Yorkshire
  • Brown Hawker
  • Large brown dragonfly in garden, no water or river nearby.

16 Jul 2019
NCJ
  • Cambridgeshire
  • White-legged Damselflies on River Cam
  • Two displaying males and a tandem pair (third male?) on west bank of river at TL489623. This is the first time that I’ve looked along this stretch for a few years; I haven’t seen this species before anywhere along the Cam.

16 Jul 2019
JM
  • North Yorkshire
  • Popped in for a nosey
  • Immature Southern Hawker. Flew into my lounge, I have two small container ponds in the garden so think these may have been the attraction.

16 Jul 2019
WPH
  • Essex
  • Common Darter on path Canvey Wick
  • The insect was resting on a twig which was on a sandy path, basking in sun, only rested for a few moments

16 Jul 2019
PM
  • Essex
  • Various sightings Walbeswick, Suffolk
  • On a walk between Walbeswick common, across the heath and sandlings and marsh to Southwold Golf course.
    A beautiful day with warm sunshine yielded the following:-
    11 Norfolk Hawker, 2 Migrant Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Emperor, 1 Black tailed Skimmer, 100+ common Darter.

16 Jul 2019
  • Essex
  • Fingringhoe Wick EWT dragonflies
  • 5 Willow Emeralds, 10+ Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Azure Blue Damselfly, Black-tailed Skimmer & Emperor Dragonfly

16 Jul 2019
SJG
  • Dorset
  • Longham Lakes
  • 2 Lesser Emperors and 20+ Red-veined Darters present late morning.

16 Jul 2019
GPG
  • Surrey
  • 2hrs at Thursley
  • 3 downy emerald patrolling, 2+ brown hawker (including a female egg laying), several emperors, handful of black darter and small red damselflies. Good numbers of keeled skimmer, black-tailed skimmer and 4 spotted chaser. Also saw emerald, red-eyed damselfy, common blue, blue-tailed and white-legged damselfy.

15 Jul 2019
DWS
  • Suffolk
  • Willow Emerald
  • Recently emerged Female Willow Emerald ,damselfly, near Denston, West Suffolk

15 Jul 2019
MGF
  • Durham
  • Delighted to capture this beauty
  • Northumbria Water Nature Reserve @ Carricks Pond
    2 male Broad Bodied Chasers and lots of banded blue male and female and large Red Damselflies.
    Photos available if required for confirmation

15 Jul 2019
SC
  • Somerset
  • Casual observation of an immature common darter
  • Immature male Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum sighted in Steart Marshes near Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve.

15 Jul 2019
  • Lancashire
  • dragonflies galore
  • Green Emperor and Black Tailed Skimmers, hundreds of them, playing in the sun. Leeds/Liverpool canal by Sollom Lock

15 Jul 2019
  • Highland and Islands
  • Beautiful Damselfly Skye
  • Dalavail Skye – Calopteryix Virgo males and females (photos of both) flitting and resting on bracken by boggy stream.
    Also common skimmer, hawkers and narrow winged damselflies (no photos)

15 Jul 2019
JEH
  • Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire
  • Keeled Skimmer on Scout Road
  • Saw this hanging from a rush stem in one of the ponds on Horrocks Fold Wood. Conspicuous by its large, pale blue thorax.

15 Jul 2019
DF
  • Essex
  • Lessor Emperor chilling at my pond
  • I saw a Lessor Emperor at my new (less than 6 months old) pond in my garden in South East Essex.

15 Jul 2019
SJW
  • Highland and Islands
  • Golden ringed dragonfly
  • The above in woodland at the fairy pools Glenbrittle, isle of skye

15 Jul 2019
Cj
  • Lancashire
  • Very large female Emperor in my kitchen
  • I thought a bird had got into my kitchen when I heard banging on window and was surprised to see one of the largest dragonflies I have ever seen. Managed to usher it out of bifold doors into garden. Scarisbrick area near farmland. I got a photograph but not the best I could have got but it didn’t stay still long.

15 Jul 2019
LD
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • Titchfield Haven NNR
  • I found a male Lesser Emperor on the reserve this afternoon. It was patrolling the left side creek in front of the Spurgin hide and tussling with the resident Black-tailed Skimmers.

14 Jul 2019
DJP
  • Warwickshire
  • Banded Demoiselle
  • On the canal between Wilmcote and Stratford Upon Avon.

14 Jul 2019
Jgm
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Hawker
  • I live quite close to the river Teifi in West Wales where I have many dragonflies in the garden mainly the smaller blue colour.. but I did have the largest dragonfly visit in the house earlier the brown hawker.. it scared the living daylights out of me.. but think it was more scared than me, it was about 10 to 15 cm long.. I contained it in the room it flew into.. it fell on his back managed to get itself airbourne and flew back out the door.. it was so beautiful..

14 Jul 2019
C.S.
  • Somerset
  • Lesser Emperor dragonfiles
  • Male and female seen at Ham Wall RSPB reserve location ST459 392 the male seemed to have a territory around the log seat in area of rough grass

    Also female seen in Glastonbury garden

14 Jul 2019
MH
  • Durham
  • A common hawker (we think)
  • Seen flying in our garden and at rest in the hornbeam hedge. Probably attracted by our 3 small garden ponds. Photos available

14 Jul 2019
RON
  • Herefordshire
  • Beautiful demoiselle
  • Whilst canoeing on the river wye between Bredwardine and byecross campsite. Many sightings of the male

14 Jul 2019
KH
  • Wrexham
  • Golden ringed dragonfly
  • Saw at Alyn Waters Country Park in Wrexham

14 Jul 2019
SD
  • Kent
  • Small Red-eyed damselfly
  • 1 male in Rye Street / Cooling area. Several black-tailed skimmers. Lots of ‘immature’ darters in orchard areas. Ruddy and common both seen.

13 Jul 2019
DWS
  • North Yorkshire
  • Female Southern Hawker
  • Female Southern Hawker, Wheldrake Ings, near York. Photo available.

13 Jul 2019
JR
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