Saturday, 1 September 2018

Lincolnshire Willow-emeralds.....Saturday 01.09.2018.

After reading several reports from fellow Dragonfly enthusiast Jodie Mellowship and her fantastic finding of up to 4 Willow-emerald Damselflies at Kirkby-on-Bain gravel pits,i decided to travel down and take a look myself today.
 After getting the boots on and getting the camera kit together i walked onto this super little reserve.
 A few yards in and a chance meeting with Jodie and thankfully she showed me a male she had just seen.This male showed brilliantly,at close range and gave some great photographic opportunities showing the whole suite of characters associated with this colonising species of Damsel.
 Jodie left and i carried on searching around the immediate area and tweeted a photo onto Twitter just in case anyone else was in the area and wanted to see this individual.
 Only one response from Rachel Scopes and 30 minutes later we were back looking for this lone male,but he was nowhere to be seen.We continued to search and after a good look i found a female perched on some plant stems,i was really pleased as Rachel's visit wasn't a wasted journey.
 This female showed really nicely,albeit flying about now and again and i was chuffed we had found another.
 These insects found by Jodie are currently the northern most colony of Willow-emeralds in the UK and were an absolute pleasure to see today and a big thank you must go out to Jodie for posting the news in the first place.
 A great few hours out today adding a new species of Damselfly to my Lincolnshire Odonata list after previously seeing this species in Suffolk in August 2010.
Male Willow-emerald Damselfly.

Male Willow-emerald Damselfly.

Male Willow-emerald Damselfly.

Male Willow-emerald Damselfly.

Female Willow-emerald Damselfly.

Female Willow-emerald Damselfly.

Female Willow-emerald Damselfly.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Beautiful Demoiselle's,North Yorkshire.....Sunday 8th July 2018.

After spending the morning watching the stunning raptors at the excellent Wykeham Forest raptor viewpoint,Dave and myself travelled into part of the valley we had been viewing visiting beautiful Troutsdale and superb Forge Valley.
 We had come in the search of one of the UK's most stunning insects,the Beautiful Demoiselle.
 After parking beside the River Derwent at Hilla Green,we began to explore the river bank,walking along towards Wrench Green.
 And after some serious looking,i spotted a single male as he flicked along the river in all his metallic glory.These really are special insects and we spent a good twenty minutes taking some images as he posed on some vegetation beside his territory.
 This was Dave's first sighting of the species and only the second time I had seen them at Hilla.
 After watching this single male,we travelled over to Forge Valley to search the river here.
 Sure enough,as on previous visits,I managed to find some insects,this time recording 4 individuals,3 males and a single female,what a fantastic sight they are and a great privilege to watch.
 These are the nearest breeding population to my hoe in North Linc's,so it is nice to catch up with them on the annual visits up here.
Hilla Green On The River Derwent,Troutsdale.

Male Beautiful Demoiselle,River Derwent,Troutsdale.

Male Beautiful Demoisele,River Derwent,Troutsdale.

Male Beautiful Demoiselle,River Derwent,Troutsdale.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Messingham Sand Quarries Mega!....Saturday 30th June 2018.

A visit today to this cracking little reserve provided us with a fantastic visit,as it most often does,with a superb record of one species and my first definite record for the reserve....Common Hawker.
 This single male was watched holding territory over the two small ponds as you enter the plantation from the car park and we watched it for well over 20 minutes as it flew up and down non stop without settling unfortunately.Sadly I didn't get any pics,but it showed incredibly well down to a few feet through the bins,so close,as to see the golden costa easily,what a beauty!
 The following,are the remainder of species and numbers of the species recorded:


Emerald Damselfly - 7
Common-blue Damselfly - 119
Azure Damselfly - 112
Blue-tailed Damselfly - 126


Emperor - 6(5 males and 1 female)
Common Hawker - 1 male(My first 100% confirmed record for the reserve)
Brown Hawker - 22
Southern Hawker - 4
Four-spotted Chaser - 15
Black-tailed Skimmer - 17
Common Darter - 4

Male Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Female Blue-tailed Damselfly of the form 'Rufescens'.

Male Common Emerald Damselfly.

Female Common Emerald Damselfly.

Immature Male Southern Hawker.

Female Emperor(Record Shot).

Some Of The Amazing Habitat On The Reserve.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The River Ancholme,Brigg,Sunday 24th June 2018.

Not one of my usual haunts to go out recording Odonata,but i thought i would give it a visit,walking between Brigg and north along the river up to Castlethorpe Bridge and back.
 The bankside vegetation is a bit sparse in places,but pleasingly,i still managed to record a total of 8 species which included 2 first records for the new season.
 The following are the species recorded and numbers of each species observed:


Banded Demoiselle - 1 male(First Record Of The Season)
Red-eyed Damselfly - 17
Azure Damselfly - 1 male
Common-blue Damselfly - 123
Blue-tailed Damselfly - 7


Emperor - 3 males(First Records Of The Season)
Brown Hawker - 1 male
Black-tailed Skimmer - 4(3 males and an ovipositing female)

Male Red-eyed Damselfly.

Crowle Return,Saturday 23rd June 2018.

With the prospect of a really good days forecast,Dave and myself made a return visit to this fantastic site to see what species we could find and it was certainly no disappointment.
 Today we managed to cover the whole area,well at least the circuit we always walk when we visit and managed to record a whopping 14 species today,with 5 firsts for the season.
 The following is the list of species and numbers of each species we recorded:


Emerald Damselfly - 7(First Records Of The Season)
Large-red Damselfly - 54
Azure Damselfly - 55
Common-blue Damselfly - 9
Blue-tailed Damselfly - 14


Brown Hawker - 1
Common Hawker - 9
Southern Hawker - 3(First Records Of The Season)
Hairy Dragonfly - 2 males.
Black-tailed Skimmer - 10
Four-spotted Chaser - 16
Black Darter - 2(First Records Of The Season)
Ruddy Darter - 5(First Records Of The Season)
Common Darter - 1(First Record Of The Season)

Immature Female Black Darter.

Immature Female Black Darter.

Immature Male Ruddy Darter.

Male Black-tailed Skimmer.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Crowle Odonata,Saturday 9th June 2018.

A decent visit along with Dave today to this fantastic site for our hobby,which included a site tick and our first Common Hawkers of the year in mixed conditions,with a fairly cloudy start to proceedings,but the weather certainly improved from mid-morning on wards.
 We managed a decent count of 9 species,the following are the numbers and species encountered:

Four-spotted Chaser - 85
Black-tailed Skimmer - 15
Hairy Dragonfly - 1 male(My First Personal Site Record)
Common Hawker - 3(Our First Records Of The Year)
Brown Hawker - 2

Large-red Damselfly - 99
Azure Damselfly - 89(A Personal Site Record)
Blue-tailed Damselfly - 9
Common-blue Damselfly - 7

Male Hairy Dragonfly.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Norfolk Odonata......Sunday 27th May 2018.

A trip further afield today with Dave And Stu visiting Strumpshaw Fen & the brilliant How Hill,saw us having a cracking day out,with Dave seeing two new species,Green-eyed(Norfolk)Hawker and Blue(Scarce)Chaser,with Stu seeing his first Green-eyed's as well.
 The conditions were a little breezy to say the least,but it was very warm.
 I don't know about the boys,but the highlight for me was standing in the small meadow at How Hill,with at least 9 Green-eyed Hawkers hawking insects around us....Dragonfly heaven!!!.
 The following are the numbers of the species observed:

Strumpshaw Fen:

9 Blue(Scarce)Chaser
4 Green-eyed(Norfolk)Hawker
10 Four-spotted Chaser

How Hill:

16+ Green-eyed(Norfolk)Hawker
5 Blue(Scarce) Chaser
10 Four-spotted Chaser
12 Hairy Hawker
20 Variable Bluet(Damselfly)
Male Green-eyed(Norfolk)Hawker,Strumpshaw Fen.

Male Green-eyed(Norfolk)Hawker,Strumpshaw Fen.

Thorax Markings On Male Green-eyed(Norfolk)Hawker,Strumpshaw Fen.

Female Blue(Scarce)Chaser,Strumpshaw Fen.

Female Blue(Scarce)Chaser,Strumpshaw Fen.

Female Blue(Scarce)Chaser,Strumpshaw Fen.

Immature Male Blue(Scarce)Chaser,Strumpshaw Fen.

Male Green-eyed(Norfolk)Hawker,How Hill.

Female Green-eyed(Norfolk)Hawker,How Hill.

Male Variable Bluet(Damselfly),How Hill.