Friday 27 December 2019

2019 Wildlife Review: Dragonflies & Damselflies

Small Red-eyed Damselfly continued their recovery as a breeding species at the Main Pond, with Hairy Dragonfly making a welcome reappearance after a blank in 2018 and the first Black-tailed Skimmer since 2016. Emperor Dragonfly once again held territory at all ponds on site. 

Emperor - Lee Collins

Good numbers of Azure Damselfly emerged but were less numerous than last year, with Blue-tailed Damselfly also in short supply. Other species were also present in reduced numbers with just two Broad-bodied Chaser holding territory and there were far fewer Migrant Hawker recorded, although Southern Hawker remained stable. 

Broad-bodied Chaser - Alan Keatley

Common Darter had an extended season with four, including a pair ovipositing, at the Main Pond on 16 November. However they only exceeded a daily total of ten on a couple of dates this year. 

Common Darter - Alan Keatley

In terms of migrants to the Recording Area there were only two sightings of Golden-ringed Dragonfly but more traveled sightings included a Red-veined Darter on 6 July, and the fourth site record of Vagrant Emperor on 16 October. A probable Vagrant Emperor was also noted on 3rd November.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly - Alan Keatley

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