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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Hampshire
  • Camera teasing southern hawker
  • New Forest – Dockens water. Watched over a period of an hour, single male patrolling its territory. Quite a few times hovered about a foot from my head but every time I took a picture it darted off – absolutely fascinating. It was on the wing for a long time without catching anything. Wings made a helicopter rotor noise on tight maneuvers.

21 Sep 2020
ITW
  • Herefordshire
  • Emperor visits
  • Emperor dragonfly inspecting our newly created wildlife pond has been around for three or four days

20 Sep 2020
J
  • Argyll and Bute
  • Lochside Emperor
  • Male Emperor hunting across a road between beechwood verge and shoreside rough vegetation.

20 Sep 2020
JL
  • Somerset
  • Large numbers of Migrant Hawkers Ham Wall
  • At least 500 Migrant Hawkers at Ham Wall RSPB reserve in late afternoon sunshine.
    Also still a few Brown Hawkers.

20 Sep 2020
MH
  • Isle of Wight
  • Southern Hawker (2) laying eggs
  • 2 SHs, laying eggs on reed stems in garden pond. Isle of Wight

20 Sep 2020
CJM
  • Greater London
  • Suburban garden visitor
  • Female Southern Hawker dragonfly seen in suburban garden in London.

20 Sep 2020
SAS
  • Pembrokeshire
  • GARDEN DRAGONFLY
  • I had just got the mower out of the shed, I looked down and saw a large golden ringed dragonfly on the grass. It was alive and trying to fly but had sustained severe damage to it’s abdomen. I was not sure whether it had been in the mower and was damaged when I pulled the mower out or whether damage had been caused elsewhere. I put the dragonfly in a quiet place but it was obviously mortally injured. I was still alive several hours later.

19 Sep 2020
RS
  • Surrey
  • Darter on wire
  • Spotted on wire fence bordering heathland in Surrey. Keen to know if this is Common Darter (seems likely) or other. I think this is female. Pale wing spots confusing. No obvious yellow or red veins in wings, so Common seems likely based on the brilliant (and recently acquired) “Britain’s Dragonflies” field guide. My picture is not 100% focus as taken using 300mm telephoto at max zoom (see Instagram link below). Would appreciate an expert view. Lots of dragonflies on the wing – many mating.

18 Sep 2020
  • Highland and Islands
  • A Friend
  • My ‘Friend’ and I had a hour-long tryst at the head of Loch Hope in lovely hot, bright, sunshine. He was a White-faced Darter. First of all he sat on my bare leg, then arm, finally on the back of my hand, where he stayed for about 30 minutes, apart from quick excursions to catch a small fly. He seemed quite content eating there, and didn’t budge when pages were turned (I was sat reading in the sunshine) nor when I sipped tea. We had a wonderful face-to-face encounter. At the site were Blue Darters too, but this little fellow was quite something else. Memorable!

18 Sep 2020
RCS
  • Essex
  • Ruddy darters on Louth canal
  • Several along footpath by canal

18 Sep 2020
JCB
  • Cumbria
  • Seen Hawking around Duddon Mosses
  • Common Hawker male Duddon Mosses resting on boardwalk

18 Sep 2020
DD
  • Cumbria
  • Black Darter in shiny black
  • Black Darter male, Duddon Mosses

18 Sep 2020
DD
  • Cumbria
  • Female Black Darter
  • Female Black Darter, Duddon Mosses

18 Sep 2020
DD
  • Sussex
  • Red veined darter
  • A red veined darter perched on the pink plastic flower shaped cane topper. He was there for nearly 30 minutes, with occasional circuits of the garden. Not bothered by close up camera. Bright sunshine, breezy.

18 Sep 2020
  • Wiltshire
  • Last year and again this week.
  • Very Large Southern Hawker, ( I think). Comes into house , has a good look round sitting room and leaves.

17 Sep 2020
SJD
  • Norfolk
  • Late keeled skimmer, Norfolk
  • At Holt Country Park (Holt Lowes SSSI), a single male keeled skimmer still on the wing – a sighting late in the year. There were also about five (one female, four males) a week ago (10 Sept), same place.

    I also photographed a dead keeled skimmer caught by a four-spot orb web spider.

17 Sep 2020
  • Northamptonshire
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly at Barnwell Country Park, Oundle

17 Sep 2020
PS
  • Leicestershire
  • Southern Hawker in Loughborough.
  • We have a large garden pond and the insect spent several minutes flying around it’s banks, giving me a splendid show.

17 Sep 2020
DGK
  • Highland
  • Black Darter – Uath Lochans
  • At least 3 male Black Darter on boardwalk of white trail at Uath Lochans this afternoon.

17 Sep 2020
RJC
  • Highland
  • Black Darter – RSPB Loch Insh lookout
  • At least a dozen Black Darter on the access boards / handrails to the RSPB Loch Insh lookout this afternoon / early evening. About even male vs female. NN775998. Good close views but irritatingly, lousy, un-natural background (board walk / handrails) for photography! Can’t have everything! Did see a peregrine.

17 Sep 2020
RJC
  • Staffordshire
  • Sainsburys Migrant Hawker
  • Saw at least three individuals at our local site next to Sainsburys supermarket in Leek. This is the first time we have recorded this species at this site. Photo record added to irecord.

16 Sep 2020
BP
  • Greater London
  • Red-veined Darter
  • Seen by new wildlife pond at Walworth Garden.

16 Sep 2020
GH
  • Northumberland
  • Stunning Southern Hawkers
  • Several Male and Female Southern Hawkers in flight and at rest perched on long grasses and high in the tree canopy

16 Sep 2020
SC
  • Warwickshire, Birmingham, Black Country
  • Golden Ringed Dragonfly
  • Onr flew in to the veranda and hovered by the glass window for a short time before flying out

16 Sep 2020
cls
  • Northamptonshire
  • backgarden pond
  • male Southern Hawker+Common Darter 15.9.20 pond in backgarden

15 Sep 2020
PJB
  • North East
  • Spectacular
  • 15 or so Common Hawkers, mainly males and 3 females coupling .. territorial displays and ariel coupling / wheel. .ovipositing females x2 👌🙏🏼👌
    Emerald x3 males
    4 Black Darters .. males .. 2 females
    2 coupling/ wheel and ovipositing

15 Sep 2020
SC
  • Derbyshire
  • Garden visitor
  • Southern Hawker in rear garden on 2 consecutive days

15 Sep 2020
NRD
  • Somerset
  • Southern Hawker egg laying
  • Female Southern Hawker was clearly laying eggs in the new plants we had just put in the rocks around our garden pond.

15 Sep 2020
AM
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Notts Willow Emeralds
  • The wife and I took a walk along the Chesterfield Canal at Gringley and were surprised to see 2 Willow Emeralds on bank-side Figwort. Our first Notts records for this Damselfly.

15 Sep 2020
PL
  • Wiltshire
  • Enormous Southern Hawker
  • This dragonfly visits us every day. She flies in and out of out conservatory – and around the fountain.

15 Sep 2020
JHW
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