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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- Norfolk Hawker
My back garden in Briston.
- East Lothian
Red veined darter dragonfly.
Many on path.
Mating while in flight.
- Common darter mating
The mating couple were flying above my small still garden pond. The male was pushing down the female who was dipping her tail into the water onto one of my bushy pond plants. They then parted and flew off but the male returned and landed by the pond for several minutes soon after parting.
- Garden full of dragonflies
Five dragonflies think they migrant hawkers. Flying around back garden in a city suburb
- Willow Emerald near Houghton Mill
A female Willow Emerald Damselfly perched in riverside trees near the two benches at the head of the side-stream which diverts water from the Great Ouse to Houghton Mill, this afternoon. First time I’ve seen the species in this location.
- Visitor to New Pond
Thrilled to see first dragonfly landing on log and flying over pond. It was a male Common Darter investigating my wildlife pond set up only last week by DWT.
- Beutiful blue
A beutiful blue marked Dragonfly hitched a ride in my van from Staining in Blackpool to Penwortham in Preston,I belive it to be a Azure Hawker after comparing pictures on the site,we where working in a quite secluded place with ponds and woodland so im guessing would be good habitat for it.
I have several pictures of it for identification purposes. [Unlikely to be an Azure Hawker in Lancashire as these are a Scottish Highland species. It was most probably a blue form of the Southern Hawker – GHM BDS]
- Gloucestershire and Bristol
- Common Darters laying eggs
Male and female Common Darters in tandem laying eggs by female dipping tail into the water surface around marginal plants in garden pond. Second male also present.
- Perth and Kinross
- Perthshire white-faced darter
Upper Strathtay garden-pond crashlander (rescued) – female white-faced darter. [Unsure that this id is correct. This would be very late for White-faced Darter – GHM BDS]
- Greater London
- Golden ringed dragonfly
Seen for a second timethis weekaround my 6ftx8ft garden pond in SE6, very glamorous visitor
- North Yorkshire
- Emperor laying eggs
A female emperor laying eggs on moss covered rocks next to my garden pond. Harrogate N.Yorks
- A rare jewel
Willow Emerald damselfly (Male) basking on reed stems in hot sun Rye
Also lots of Migrant Hawkers and a single Blue-tailed Damselfly
- Another recording from Lily Tarn
In addition to the species seen on 16 September (common hawkers, black darters, common darters, emerald damselflies and common blue damselflies), during a second visit to the tarn yesterday a few southern hawkers and a lone golden-ringed dragonfly were seen, taking the total number of species currently in flight there to seven.
- Gold ringed Dragonfly popped in for tea
A beautiful afternoon in Bromley so we have the bi-fold doors open. A gold ringed dragonfly came through the doors and flew about the house for a while before we managed to coax it back from where it came. What a cracker!
- Willow Emerald Damselfly Nottingham
A willow emerald damselfly at Bulwell Hall County Park Lakes the northern one on the eastern side confirm with photos was a lot larger then the emerald damselfly this is my 13th species at Bulwell Hall park
- Tyne and Wear
- Common darters trying to be more common.
Watched a pair laying eggs in my two wildlife ponds. See darters and others regularly.
- Isle of Wight
- Southern Emerald’s in the sunshine.
A beautiful day to see the Southern Emerald’s at Yarmouth with a female and seven seperate male sightings.Later, several more male damselfly sightings and a joined pair.
- Conservatory visitor
Female Emperor Dragonfly on the blinds in our conservatory. Built up area on the edge of green space in Hucknall, Notts.
- A plethora of beasties at Lily Tarn, near Ambleside
No fewer than five different species were seen at Lily Tarn today. Around a dozen or so common hawkers were skittering around and squibbling over territories, with a few pairs in tandem and ovipositing females also being seen. A similar number of black darters were also present, again with some pairs in tandem. Two or three common darters were being chased off prime basking spots by the black darters. Three pairs of emerald damselflies were seen, all in the wheel, plus two lone males. Completing the list was one solitary common blue damselfly.
- Dragonflies over an unused swimming pool
Observed two ( a pair?) of Red Veined Darters on 14 & 15 Sept. 19 over our unused stagnant swimming pool in a rural garden which has been undisturbed for 3+ years. Location SO21 1HL
I have not seen this species before and identification is my best estimate from your website pictures. I don’t know if they are rare. We also have had others before (Common Hawker, Emperor, 4 spot Darter). The pool is the only water known within about a mile so surprised to see them. Would not have expected them to breed in this place with only leaf debris and no vegetation.
- 5 Southern Migrant Hawker in visiting Ramsgate
On a conifer hedge on the Wests Cliffe between Ramsgate and Pegwell Bay we saw 5 Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies. 3 were were close together and 2 others nearby. They were very still and we watched then for some time. This was 1500 – 1530 on Sat 14th Sept
- South-east Wales
Golden-Ringed dragonfly – residential garden in Cardiff
- Golden ? In my conservatory
Found her (I think ) in my conservatory on the floor tiles this morning. Lovely green and golden rings. Used to see a lot here in Nottinghamshire village when we had the pond so very welcome sight. Roughly 7/8 cms long. I scooped her up on a thin lid and put her down amid heucheras and honeysuckle. Flown off now. What a lovely find.
- Isle of Wight
- Late Summer Sunshine Helps Southern Emeralds at Yarmouth.
This period of warm late summer weather hopefully will prolong the season for the Southern Emeralds at Yarmouth,Isle of Wight.Three male and one female seen today,the males at the small scrape and a female in the scrub between the two scrapes.
- Blaenau Gwent
- Common Darted Male
Spotted on Llangattock Mountain Range South Wales
Very friendly and curious
- An indecisive chap, chappess?
Green thorax, blue eyes.
From above, green markings down to the last two segments of it’s abdomen, which were blue.
From the side, abdomen had blue markings.
It came to rest on the trunk of a Cornish Palm tree in a sunny Surrey garden. (No wonder it’s confused but I’d be grateful to know exactly what it is please). [An excellent description of a male Southern Hawker – GHM BDS]
- First to the pond
We have a new pond in the garden, and within 2 weeks of filling it the southern Hawker has made two long visits, touching down on the damp grassy bank for up to 3 or 4 minutes.
- Warwickshire, Birmingham, Black Country
- At rest on my curtains
Went to close my curtains and it was sitting there last night. Looks like female Emperor. Birmingham area.
- Greater London
- Southern Hawker in Hanwell?
Large dragonfly spotted at waterside of boggy Connolly Dell, similar colouring to female Southern Hawker but significantly thicker body than photos here. About 8-9 cm long, 12-13cm wingspan. No photos unfortunately.
- Simply beautiful
Two lovely sightings of a golden ringed dragonfly on the footpath from Harlech to Coed Llechwedd. It was very active and flew round us for several minutes as we went up to the wood. It was in the same area as we returned. It was so close that it we could hear the wing beats.