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Title image: Hairy Dragonfly by Dave Smallshire

  • Somerset
  • A beautiful lodger!
  • I saw a large bright green dragonfly visiting my pond in the gafden, it is a regular visitor and possibly one of the ones that actually hatched and grew in my pond this year, (I have the empty nymph cases) so now my family call me mother of dragons 😁 I’m a beginner at this so I’m not sure of the type of dragonfly it was but it had a large abdomen that was yellowish green and a bright green tail, hope this helps.

13 Jul 2019
SFD
  • Greater London
  • Single yellow/green & brown dragonfly
  • Came to my pond. I think she was laying eggs on piles of blanket weed that I’d taken out earlier & left by the pond. About 7-8cm, green/yellow and brown (I have a not very good photo).

13 Jul 2019
DJB
  • Kent
  • Small Red-eyed damselfly
  • 1 male in Rye Street / Cooling area. Several black-tailed skimmers. Lots of ‘immature’ darters in orchard areas. Ruddy and common both seen.

13 Jul 2019
DWS
  • North Yorkshire
  • Female Southern Hawker
  • Female Southern Hawker, Wheldrake Ings, near York. Photo available.

13 Jul 2019
JR
  • Essex
  • Langdon Hills
  • Southern hawker- 2, male & female.
    Southern migrant hawker-1, Willow Park.
    Ruddy darter.

13 Jul 2019
AC
  • Yorkshire
  • Resting in barley crop.
  • Checking my crop when a beautiful creature settled on a stalk. I’m confident, having used this site, that it was a male common blue tailed damsel fly. Looks exactly like one of the photos on here.

13 Jul 2019
MS
  • Fife
  • Bordie Loch, Devilla Forest , fife
  • Common Hawker – min of 2
    Four Spot Chaser – min of 5 : 1 egg laying
    Emerald Damselfly
    Large Red Damselfly – min of 2
    Common Blue Damselfly – 100 + ( Many blue Damselflies seen – of the 10 with close views all were Common Blue)
    Blue Tailed Damselfly ( min of 5 id )

13 Jul 2019
PB
  • Durham
  • Chance meeting with a Demoiselle
  • Seen a Banded Demoiselle on a sunny riverside bank in Teesdale, Durham at GR 97586 24644 while walking the Teesdale Way.

12 Jul 2019
BH
  • Sussex
  • Buchan Park nr Crawley
  • A great variety at Buchan Park today, the highlight been a Lesser Emperor along with 8 Emperors. Quite elusive at times probably due to been chased by larger species. Also 2 Brilliant Emerald, 3+ Emerald Damselfly, many Four-spot Chasers, numerous commoner damsels and 1 Brown Hawker.

12 Jul 2019
ACB
  • Herefordshire
  • Unable to identify possible southern emerald damselfly
  • I have taken a photograph of what I beive may be a southern emerald damselfly in Hertfordshire on the 12th July 2019. I can send the photoograph in order that an identificationb can be made by someone with experience.

12 Jul 2019
JLP
  • Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough
  • Hawker rescue
  • Rescued a female southern hawker from conservatory before it knocked itself out on the Windows.

12 Jul 2019
JB
  • Stirling
  • Multiple Golden Ringed Dragonflies
  • We saw multiple Golden Ringed Dragonflies on the slopes of Ben Lomond. From the access point of Rowardennan, we saw them on the ascent using Ptarmigan ridge and the descent using the tourist track. Photo available.

12 Jul 2019
IHM
  • Sussex
  • White-legged at Iden
  • A visit to Iden Moat identified the existence of many White-legged damselfly, even though there was no flowing water present. Also seen there Azure & Blue-tailed damselfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser, Ruddy Darter. A further visit to the Iden Lock (where River Rother joins the Royal Military Canal) also found many White-legged Damselfly, as well as Small Red-eyed, Azure, Blue-tailed, Black-tailed Skimmer.

12 Jul 2019
TJW
  • Sussex
  • jet black beauty
  • It flew into Sainsburys, west hove, Sussex… It was a jet black damselfly, but had solid black wings, as the doors opened, it flew in. it was beautiful, but I swear it was a solid black wing the whole damselfly was jet black. [This was probably a male Beautiful Demoiselle. The body can appear very dark metallic blue in certain lighting conditions though it is more often photographed showing as a bright royal blue metallic. – GHM]

12 Jul 2019
AT
  • Surrey
  • Beautiful male Banded Demoiselle
  • Fluttering around the wisteria in my garden in Frimley.

11 Jul 2019
JP
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Red-veined Darter
  • Red-veined Darter at Wilstone Reservoir

11 Jul 2019
  • Lincolnshire
  • Beautiful little blue-tailed damsel fly
  • This little chap was flying around the edge of a steam on a warm sunny afternoon.

11 Jul 2019
SDR
  • Sussex
  • Icklesham Brede Valley sightings
  • Emperor, Banded Demoiselle, Brown Hawker, Downy Emerald, Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Blue-tailed, Azure & Common Blue Damselfly.

11 Jul 2019
TJW
  • Essex
  • Seen in Saffron Walden
  • From my very limited knowledge of dragonflies I believe it to be a four-spotted chaser. It had a wide yellowy brown thorax with two dark end segments, and a black line on the top of each wing, towards the tip.
    I have a good photo of it which I’ve used to compare to the pictures on your website. It was seen in a quiet residential street.

11 Jul 2019
JK
  • Surrey
  • Immature Male Ruddy Darter
  • Several male Ruddy Darters at Heather Farm Wetlands Centre on Horsell Common. Thought they were common darters at first but the black markings were different.

11 Jul 2019
SLW
  • Dorset
  • Ruddy Darters
  • Higher Hyde heath.Ruddys starting to emerge in good numbers,already mating pairs.Amazing site for these,will soon be plenty all over the reserve.
    Also Morden bog several Golden Rings,small reds and emerald damsels.

11 Jul 2019
PS
  • Surrey
  • Golden-ringed dragonfly
  • Flew into my house and I released it through window! I live near Lightwater in Surrey.

10 Jul 2019
RJB
  • North Yorkshire
  • Golden Ringed Dragonfly
  • Male Golden Ringed Dragonfly
    Moorland Bog near Osmotherley

10 Jul 2019
  • Cumbria
  • Golden Ringed Dragonfly
  • In flight and resting in the garden of the Haweswater Hotel in the Lake District

10 Jul 2019
MD
  • Devon
  • Red Veined Darters
  • Continous sightings last 6 days, red veined darter,singly,pair joined,egg laying.Clennon Valley Paignton, also scarce chaser, broad bodied chaser,black tailed skimmer,red eyed damselfly, each day

10 Jul 2019
LG
  • Kent
  • Green Darner UK
  • Is this native to the uk? It flew into my van today so i’ve got photos. It is obviously dead but i just wanted to know if its native to the uk? [Green Darner is an American species. A few were recorded in Cornwall in 1999 after strong easterly winds but none since. The dragonfly you saw may well have been a male Emperor Dragonfly – GHM]

10 Jul 2019
N
  • Isle of Wight
  • Migrant Hawker at Shalfleet,Isle of Wight.
  • An Immature Migrant Hawker seen flying and then landed close by in a hedge.Soon took flight when approached.

10 Jul 2019
  • Essex
  • Canvey island ditch, Essex
  • 6 Southern Migrant Hawkers (Adult males) patrolling the ditch, 100+ Scarce Emeralds, 100+ Ruddy Darters.
    Could people not trample the sedge grasses in the drying ditch as this is their habitat you will be destroying. The current damage is already clearly visible for large tracts of the ditch and has only been caused by ‘wildlife lovers’. Even the herd of cattle only cross in two distinct places!

10 Jul 2019
  • Kent
  • Green Dragon
  • Large green dragonfly that looked to be laying eggs in the pond in the grounds of Walmer Castle, Kent. I used your website to identify it as Southern Hawker Female. Captured on good photo if required.

10 Jul 2019
SJM
  • Essex
  • River Chelmer, Langford
  • Scarce Chaser (15+ males and 1 female, Emperor (3 males and 2 female), 3 Four-spot Chaser (2 males and 1 female), 20+ Banded Demoiselle (m&f), 5 Beautiful Demoiselle (2 male 3 female), 5 Willow Emerald (4 males plus 1 emergent female), 20+ Common Blue and 20+ Blue Tailed Damselfly

09 Jul 2019
BM
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