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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Dorset
  • Norfolk Hawker in Dorset
  • Saw the usual Black-tailed skimmers, 4 spotted darters and two Norfolk Hawkers at Radipole Lake Reserve in Weymouth near the ‘Pagoda’ lookout. For a picture go to http://www.nielsen.org.uk/Backgrounds/index.html#Norfolk%2520Hawker%2520D0106.jpg

23 Jun 2020
  • Kent
  • My first ever dragonfly spotting trip
  • Oare Marshes Nature Reserve
    – Ruddy Darter (female)
    – Black Tailed skimmer (male)
    – common Blue Damselfly (male)

23 Jun 2020
RIK
  • Essex
  • Southern Migrant Hawker in my front garden!+ Small Red Eyes. Writtle Essex.
  • Caught a glimpse of a Dragonfly as I left the house to walk to work after lunch. I stopped to observe and was so surprised to see it was a teneral SMH feeding on flies, hawking in the hot sunshine yards from my front door! Maybe in the future I will not have to travel to the Thames estuary to see this species. Possible suitable habitat nearby.
    Was pleased yesterday to see plenty of activity on the raised ornamental pond. The colony of Small Red Eyed Damselflies had appeared. At least 15 individuals with at least 5 pairs in tandem and egg laying. Most fully coloured, so would of emerged a little while ago, with a few with their eyes not fully red yet. Been checking the pond everyday for the past week and at lunch time, but it wasn’t until the evening around 6pm I found them.

23 Jun 2020
TPC
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Mere Ponds flyers
  • On a sunny afternoon last week at Mere Ponds in Pembrokeshire I saw….
    common blue and blue tailed damselflies, male and female emperor dragonflies, emerald damselfly, common darter, four spot chaser, broad bodied chaser and found an emperor lava case.

23 Jun 2020
LSK
  • Merseyside
  • Golden ring dragonfly in my house!
  • Today a very large (and scary to me) golden ring dragonfly flew into my house. My children said it was in the garden yesterday, we quickly locked th cats away to stop them from eating it! Birkdale, Southport

23 Jun 2020
Cf
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Dragons in Nottingham
  • Bulwell hall country park lake’s banded demoiselle . many black tailed skimmer male saw one female ovipositing also sunning themselves on the paths around the lake’s Emperors male and female patrolling around the lake’s and nearby meadows .At farleys lane pond one male four spotted chaser and one male and female broad bodied chaser mating and ovipositing again a great day

23 Jun 2020
D'S
  • Devon
  • Broad bodied chaser released from greenhous
  • Broad bodied chaser female released unharmed from greenhouse in Parracombe.

23 Jun 2020
JR
  • Norfolk
  • Thompson Common Norfolk
  • black-tailed Skimmer

23 Jun 2020
  • Gateshead
  • Beautiful Demoiselle
  • In the grass beside a stream.

23 Jun 2020
MS
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Variables
  • Single figures variable damselflies some in tandem Fen Drayton pits also possible green eyed hawker ,black tailed skimmers uncountable other blue damselflies

23 Jun 2020
BJD
  • Norfolk
  • Lesser Emperor male
  • 2 brief fly-bys in an hour at Ormesby Little Broad (2:30-3:30pm). Many Norfolk Hawkers, Black-tailed Skimmers, Four-spotted Chasers. The Filby car park is padlocked, so that teenagers can congregate on the platform and drink and smoke undisturbed.

23 Jun 2020
PWF
  • Norfolk
  • An Eureka moment
  • I have just seen what looks to me like an Emerald Damselfly in my garden [ NR31 9HR postcode ] This is the first Damselfly I have seen in the 14 years I have lived here. We often get Common Hawker Dragonflies but this year there has been an abundance of different species.

23 Jun 2020
RD
  • Northumberland
  • Female golden ringed dragonfly
  • I saw the dragonfly in the Rothbury hills in Northumberland. Although the species is said to be approx. 7 – 8cm this one was bigger. Probably closer to 6in or 12 cm. Both my wife and I watched it for about 5 seconds before it flew off.

23 Jun 2020
PJ
  • Somerset
  • Female Emperor lays eggs in our new pond
  • We have recently planted our new pond in Curry Rivel near Taunton. Over the past few days an emperor dragonfly has been laying eggs on flag iris leaves and on a nearby water Lilly.

23 Jun 2020
Ajb
  • Hampshire
  • Whitten Pond and Holmsley
  • Emperors and Black-Tailed Skimmers seen at Long Pond – Male and Female Broad-Bodied Chasers by Rushbush car park and female Emperors ovipositing in feeder stream running to Whitten Pond. Emperors at nearby Holmsley gravel pit and Black-Tailed Skimmers ( male and female) and Golden Ring on quarry stream.

23 Jun 2020
dh
  • Worcestershire
  • Four spotted Chaser
  • Adult perching on the bird feeder in the garden.

23 Jun 2020
MR
  • Somerset
  • Female Emperor lays eggs in our new pond
  • We have recently planted our new pond in Curry Rivel near Taunton. Over the past few days an emperor dragonfly has been laying eggs on flag iris leaves and on a nearby water Lilly.

23 Jun 2020
Ajb
  • Cleveland
  • Broad bodied chaser
  • Broad bodied chaser happily spent half an hour flying around the lower pond in Summerhill Country Park, Hartlepool

23 Jun 2020
RHS
  • Kent
  • Broad bodied chaser on the table
  • A large dark dragonfly flew into our dining room extension through an open doorway. We took a photo and it looks most like a male broad bodied chaser.

23 Jun 2020
GWS
  • Cheshire and Wirral
  • Dunham Broad-bodied Chasers
  • Several males sighted, plus a mating pair, along the Bridgewater Canal from bridge at Dunham Town to bridge near ‘Swan with Two Nicks’, Little Bollington.

23 Jun 2020
JD
  • Warwickshire, Birmingham, Black Country
  • Banded agrion
  • I spotted a banded agrion at RSPB Sandwell Valley near the River Tame

23 Jun 2020
N S
  • Somerset
  • Female Emperor lays eggs in our new pond
  • We have recently planted our new pond in Curry Rivel near Taunton. Over the past few days an emperor dragonfly has been laying eggs on flag iris leaves and on a nearby water Lilly.

23 Jun 2020
Ajb
  • Hampshire
  • Broomy and Slufters Ponds New Forest
  • Broomy Pond revealed Downy Emeralds, Black-Tailed Skimmers and Emperors. Slufters Pond Black-Tailed Skimmers ( males and females) and Emperors. Treeline below Slufters threw up a female Broad Bodied Chaser and saw a Golden Ringed on the way back to Milkham car park.

22 Jun 2020
dh
  • Devon
  • Golden-ringed dragonfly, male
  • Sighted on a narrow path between bracken about 50 metres from the east bank of River Lyd, near Great Nodden. It kept returning to a dead bracken leaf or a nearby bracken stem.

22 Jun 2020
PGW
  • Oxfordshire
  • Southern Migrant Hawker female
  • An immature female Southern Migrant Hawker at Otmoor RSPB today 22/6/20
    On the western bridleway between Noke and Oddington 100m south of the Old River Ray weir. Same site as the immature male from 20/6/2022

22 Jun 2020
GDW
  • Dorset
  • Small red eyed damsels
  • 2-3 males on scummy pond at Longham lakes.Brown hawker flashed past without stopping.
    Southern hawker at Alners gorse Monday

22 Jun 2020
PS
  • Essex
  • Canvey Ditch dragons & damsels
  • Had at least 3 Southern Migrant Hawkers, over 30 Scarce Emeralds and a few Ruddy Darters in an hour or so from 9.30am at the ditch that runs parallel to the channel embankment on Canvey Island. Great to see and managed quite a few photos – it may have been even livelier as it warmed but I had to go

22 Jun 2020
CC
  • Gloucestershire
  • Dragonfly-spotting novice spots Emperor male!
  • Was very excited to see several Emperor males and also hundreds of Damsels at Leighterton (Glocs) village pond, along with a swimming grass snake.

22 Jun 2020
SG
  • Worcestershire
  • Scarce Chaser in Worcestershire
  • Male Scarce Chaser sighted at 19:30 on 22nd June 2020 location 52.122318, -2.040388, Upper Moor, warm sunny evening. Close-up photograph available.

22 Jun 2020
PKW
  • Dorset
  • Dorset 2, Norfolk 0
  • Two Norfolk Hawkers at Radipole Lake RSPB Reserve, Dorset; two territories near the ‘bandstand’ shelter.

22 Jun 2020
SFS
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