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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Lincolnshire
  • Just seen a Southern Hawker. Wow!
  • 1:30pm today over my garden pond. Visited for about 5 mins beautiful like green with very dark blue black stripes what a privilege

11 Sep 2020
North Lincolnshire
  • Devon
  • Golden ringed dragon
  • By our pond near Brixton in south hams

11 Sep 2020
FL
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Sighting in Scotland
  • I seen the Emperor Dragonfly in Scotland. It was sitting on the road by my car tyre. I live in a small village called Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

10 Sep 2020
IR
  • Northumberland
  • An amazing sight
  • An Emperor Dragonfly over our garden pond one sunny lunchtime. I have never seen such a large Dragonfly before. Blue/green in colour. Flying over pond for quite some time. Left and came back. Moving too quickly to catch on camera.

10 Sep 2020
VAD
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Hawker Heaven
  • I spent an enjoyable 3 hours along Harrisons Drove and Wicken Lode at Wicken Fen this afternoon. 1.50 pm-4.50 pm. Migrant Hawker numbers well into double figures, males and a few females. Managed to photo a couple of hovering males. 4 Brown Hawkers seen, one of which ‘attacked’ a Migrant Hawker grasping the Migrant Hawker at the rear end of the abdomen. Outcome not seen as they disappeared amongst the reeds. Also 3 male Southern Hawkers and 1 female seen, of which 1 male settled and allowed me to take close up photos. A beautifully marked insect. Good numbers of Ruddy Darters and Common Darters, males and females and 1 or 2 Common Blue Damselflies.

09 Sep 2020
KW
  • Northamptonshire
  • Ruddy Darter (female) in Northamptonshire
  • Seen on Pitsford Water Nature Reserve on the edge of woodland about 250m from the water

09 Sep 2020
MRS
  • Anglesey
  • Southern hawker laying eggs?
  • Southern hawker (female – pretty sure due to coloration) flying around our very small pond in Gwalchmai Anglesey North Wales (appeared to be laying eggs possibly – rubbing abdomen around the surface of the water but also on rocks surrounding) . I will take photos if I see it again.

08 Sep 2020
EGV
  • Worcestershire
  • Perched on ornamental fish by garden pond
  • Ruddy Darter perching on an ornamental fish enjoying the sunshine. Flies briefly and returns to same spot.

08 Sep 2020
KB
  • Flintshire
  • 4 Southern Hawkers
  • Four Southern Hawkers in a bright woodland clearing. Very warm afternoon off Hafod Road, Gwernymynydd, Mold

08 Sep 2020
MR
  • Moray
  • Emperor in the North
  • we saw what we thought to be a female emperor dragonfly, about 5 inches head to tail with bright blue thorax and lime green abdomen, hovered close by and bent tip of abdomen forward under itself towards head while hovering. Sighted at the gravel ponds in Culbin forest between Forres and Nairn, along with many other hawkers and similar, September 8th 2020. This one stood due to its size, proximity and striking iridescent colours!

08 Sep 2020
DH
  • Yorkshire
  • Southern Hawker in Shop window in Sheffield
  • Daughter spotted as leaving shop. Very urban area, on a retail park. Spent some time hoping it would find the way out – eventually staff managed to usher it outside.

08 Sep 2020
V
  • Cumbria
  • Common Darter , male
  • Tebay Services,M6,Southbound
    Near Dogwalking area and deep water pond.Sunning upon a warm rock.Got surprisingly close with mobile phone camera.
    Don’t know how to upload photos or create links.

07 Sep 2020
R A
  • Essex
  • Ruddy Darter
  • I’ve had a male sitting on a bench with me this afternoon at Halcyon Pool Fishery, Boreham, Essex. One of many I’ve seen this year, but have only now bothered to look up exactly which type they are.

07 Sep 2020
ASC
  • Norfolk
  • Wissey Hawkers
  • I canoed along a stretch of the River Wissey in Norfolk, from Whittington Marina to Catsholme Farm. 12.16 pm-1.35 pm. Along the way i counted 14 Migrant Hawkers all males. Several hovering beside the canoe. Also 2 male Ruddy Darters and 2 Common Blue Damselflies. A Kingfisher was a bonus.

07 Sep 2020
KW
  • Essex
  • yet another Willow Emerald
  • Last week another photo of a Willow Emerald, to add to the photo of a mating pair here in my north Essex garden

07 Sep 2020
jwp
  • Highland
  • Black Isle Dragons
  • Two Common Darters. Garden pond, Black Isle, Scotland. Resting on wood mostly but occasionally on rocks. Some interaction – flying round each other in tight circles – bu mostly separate.

06 Sep 2020
AAS
  • England
  • Emperor Dragonfly
  • I was sat in the back garden of my home and it kept coming back hovering where I was sat it was really beautiful

06 Sep 2020
Kim coles
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Dragons in Nottingham
  • Cinderhill pond Brown hawkers male southern hawkers male many migrant hawkers male and female and a few common darters male and female.

06 Sep 2020
D'S
  • Highland
  • Northern Emerald male
  • Northern Emerald, male. By the Badenock Way, NH802002, between Drumguish and Inveruglas (Inveruglass on OS maps). First time I have seen one. We should have been on holiday here in June. Postponed due to virus lochdown so thought I had missed chance as now a bit late in the year for this species. Very active but landing occasionally about 20m from us.

06 Sep 2020
RJC
  • Bedfordshire
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly on Blue Wall
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis), kindly ID’d by Pam Taylor, BDS, resting with open wings on a wall surrounded by a small woodland, close to a river in Wrest Park (English Heritage) Bedfordshire, UK

06 Sep 2020
IW
  • Swansea
  • Large gold ringed dragonfly
  • Pond residential Sketty

05 Sep 2020
Jww
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Dragons in Nottingham
  • Bulwell hell country park wow i had a male common Darter land on my right hand then darting off to catch something to eat then again landing back on my hand he did is for a minute or two just amazing wow. Also views Brown hawkers migrant hawkers many common darters aound lake’s and country park.

05 Sep 2020
D'S
  • Cheshire and Wirral
  • Brown Hawker resting/feeding on hanging basket in Chester
  • Brown Hawker Dragonfly seen resting or feeding on the surfinas in the hanging basket.

04 Sep 2020
J
  • Dorset
  • Absolutely beautiful, I was transfixed.
  • Beautiful Demoiselle. Friday 4th September 2020. As I was parking my car in Bridport, Dorset, this beautiful creature fluttered around my car, resting on my bonnet, touching the tyres and hovering around me for several minutes, eventually flying over the road to a little florist shop. No camera but have never seen one with such wonderful fairylike wings and such a deep blue. Made my day.

04 Sep 2020
HJC
  • Suffolk
  • Willow Emerald Damselfly
  • Lakenheath RSPB reserve Suffolk

03 Sep 2020
  • Shropshire
  • Male Southern Hawker Shropshire Garden
  • Male Southern Hawker in garden in Market Drayton. Resting on garden ornament allowing some good pics.

03 Sep 2020
NT
  • Norfolk
  • Norfolk hawker
  • Sighting in Hapton Norfolk, the very large dragonfly flew straight into my lounge, absolutely amazing!!

02 Sep 2020
JC
  • Sussex
  • Red-veined darter
  • In our back garden this afternoon, by one of the fishponds.

02 Sep 2020
SB
  • Surrey
  • Southern Hawker on net curtain after dusk.
  • Beautiful male Southern Hawker seen in sillouette on my living room net curtain, after dusk, as I went to pull the curtains. Ours is a suburban house in Surbiton, Surrey. Our next door neighbour has a small garden pond.

02 Sep 2020
KEH
  • Merseyside
  • Majestic Male Migrant Hawker Spotted
  • Seen in garden initially pretending to be part of wind chime then sunbathed on apple tree for around 10 minutes before heading off over rooftops

01 Sep 2020
RM
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