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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire
- Black Darters, Dersingham Bog, Norfolk
About 15 Black Darters seen today at the bog. Other species, a few of each, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker and one very late Four spotted Chaser. Also good numbers of Emerald damselflies around 40 plus, Willow Emeralds 20 plus and a few azure and Blue tailed.
- Southern Hawkerr in the bedroom!
Heard a strange buzzing sound this evening and had to calorie and release a make adult hawker!
- Belton House, Lincolnshire (National Trust)
Small shallow pond near main house produced Red-eyed Damselfly, Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly and Emerald Damselfly over a 2 hour period from 1130am to 1300
- Brown Hawker – Looked like a drone!
In my garden around 6/7pm last friday. It came I think to eat the winds bounty. It really looked like a drone, we actually thought it was at first… I have never seen anything this large in this country, it came right up to our faces a number of times hovered and then went off to catch food again. It took off slowly and had stillted slow robotic movements and then went nto gliding again…..it went to eat high above the third floor flat above….small flies? moths? There is no river water near me, maybe the odd garden pool for a stagnang source…not sure how far they venture for food…. I have seen one toad in three years in my back garden so just a pond or two I think…anyone know…what is this?I have trawled through the net and cant see anything like it…. I took a photo in the end but only far off…was so magical and stayed around for five or ten mins….I love my dragonflies and other species and Im often found down in penisford by the weir. but this ones flight pattern, and just general nosines…and t just behaved like and was nothing like before, its size was noting comparable to what Ive seen in the UK. Its wingspan was huge and it really shone like more than irredescant, more like it had glitter and large scales of gold and brown upon its body and wings. I would say it was far bigger than my hand (its body) I have large hands for a woman. My friend was playing the fiddle as we were rehearsing our song for a performance it was quite special…too special to pic up a camera tbf. sorry!! The area of Bristol is Saint Andrews, near Cromwell road arches.
- Female Common Hawker egglaying
Spotted on our wildlife pond
- Female Emperor
Regularly visits our garden pond (small pond 3mx1.5mx0.6m). Spends several minutes over the pond and extends into the rest of the garden. Visiting several times a day at the moment and has displayed behaviour consistent with the laying of eggs (dipping abdomen into water). Pond is planted with water lilies and elodea.
- Churchyard Hawker
Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis in churchyard at Llanbedr Painscastle, Radnorshire (VC43), SO 1446.
- A male southern hawker
Became trapped in our conservatory,I managed to rescue it before our Labrador could catch it.
Due to urgency to release I never managed to get a picture.
- Golden Ringed Dragonfly
Golden ringed Dragon fly.
Spotted on a wall in our garden, Larne Co.Antrim Northern Ireland
- Beautiful demoiselle
River Severn at Ironbridge 4 x male demoiselle damselflies flying out over the river from the vegetation on the bank. Stood and watched for a while they looked so beautiful
- Brown Hawker near John O’ Groars.
I live 20 miles west of John O’ Groats, and saw this large Dragonfly in the garden, it landed on the side of a fir tree. Obviously overcome by the cold, as I was able to get very close to take pictures, so close that I could have easily picked it up.
Minutes later the sun came out and it was off.
My understanding is that these are not usually seen in Scotland, and this as far north as you can get.
- Damsels in my garde
Have small wildlife pond in my garden and over past few days have seen several damselflies up to 5 at a time one of which is noticeably larger than the others but they are flying constantly and a joy to watch
Gillingham Kent is
- Willow Emerald Damselfly
Willow Emerald Damselfly at Epsom Common stew pond 28th August 19
- Willow Emerald
Willow Emerald Damselfly
Cow Hollow Wood, Waterbeach.
- Small Red Eyed Damsellflies
At Margrove Ponds NR, Redcar & Cleveland
- Greater Manchester
- Emperor dragonfly laying eggs
Had a large (almost 4 inches in length) green dragonfly flying around my pond, laying eggs, I believe, several times. I managed to film it. I live in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester. I understand they’re not normally seen this far north. If someone could confirm it as an emperor, that would be great.
- Lesser Emperor Harassing Emperor Dragonfly
I was with other volunteers clearing vegetation at Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve, which is located close to Portishead in North Somerset. The warden spotted a Lesser Emperor, but it refused to settle to allow us to take a confirmatory photograph. I was taking a picture of an ovipositing Emperor when it was dive-bombed by the Lesser Emperor. I was fortunate enough to capture a couple of images of the action.
- Common Darter in Shropshire
Perched on top of bird feeder in back garden, near ponds and disused canal
- Greater London
- Black Darter on a bird-feeder
In a garden in Oaks Lane, Aldborough Hatch at just before 6.00pm a small very dark dragonfly landed on the top of my birdfeeder. It stayed long enough for me to get my bins and get a good walk around view. It was almost totally a dull brownish-black and rested with its wings canted forwards. The legs were very black and the fore-wing had a prominent black pterostigma. A golden patch was very evident under the wing bases but I was unable to make out any details. My inital I.D. is that it was a male Black Darter.
Michael E. Howgate FLS
- Fascinating watching Emperor pair feeding
SS17 Essex. Just spent the early evening watching a pair of Emperor Dragonflies chasing and eating insects in our garden. Fascinated by the way they swoop and change direction rapidly. We’ve seen them regularly over the past few months, but this is the first time we’ve actually sat and really watched them. Nice warm evening to sit outside. The male became very territorial when another Dragonfly came into the garden. Chased it straight out.
- A late Broad Bodied Chaser
Quite a surprise to see at this time of year perched at the side of my garden pond, a fresh looking male Broad Bodied Chaser. No wing damage, and maybe a round male – not much blue yet! A Southern Hawker male eventually scared it off, after I got photos, and there were also Emerald, Blue tailed and Azure Damselflies, Ruddy and Common Darters and a Brown Hawker. Summer is magic!
- Greater London
- Banded Demoiselle
It flew around my garden a number of times and came close to landing on my daughter much to the kids delight.
- Loch Muick
Black Darters both male and female. Saw more males than females.
- Brown hawker
I saw a brown hawker in my garden on my washing line. It’s a big garden with huge conifers and abit over grown
- Greater London
- Willow Emerald in South London
Male willow emerald in Dulwich park on Sunday viewable from
the boardwalk. Mating common emeralds as well as emperor, migrant hawker. Also seen ruddy darter and banded demoiselle there over the last few weeks
- Perth and Kinross
- Golden ringed in garden for first time!
Saw female flying over our 2 year old large garden pond & resting on overhanging tree for 10 mins or so. Had damselflies but this is our first identified dragonfly. We live near Aberfeldy, upper Strathtay in upland farming countryside.
- Emperor Dragonfly on tour
On Sunday afternoon, I heard beating wings bouncing of the conservatory roof, due to the noise of the fluttering my first thought was a bird had flown in. To my surprise when I looked, it was the biggest dragonfly I have ever seen. I found this website and after checking I am certain it was an Emperor Dragonfly, it had the most vivid blue and green markings and approximately 100mm in length.
After taking several photos we managed to catch it in a net and safely released it back into the garden, where it composed itself for more photos before it went on its way.
- Four Spotted Chaser in Weston super Mare
Spotted a Four Spotted Chaser in our garden this morning (25th August 2019) found it quite difficult to get a decent photograph because of the colours.
- Willow Emerald, Deene Park
Willow Emerald seen from the public footpath on slow moving outflow stream from Deene Lake dam. Mainly perched conspicuously on the first small patch of reeds in the middle of the stream, but also one seen distantly on a Willow further down the stream. Egg-laying scars on a small sapling nearby. Probably the location that James Underwood had his July sighting.
- Female golden ringed laying eggs
Female golden ringed laying eggs in a run off alongside cycle trail at Kielder Water