Shropshire Dragonflies

Shropshire Dragonflies

Shropshire Dragonflies

Welcome to the fascinating world of Shropshire dragonflies!

The aim of this website is to encourage all who have an interest in dragonflies to get to know them better and become involved in identifying and recording the species you see in Shropshire.

Only in this way can we establish those habitats of greatest importance in conserving our local populations. So grab your binoculars, cross your fingers for Shropshire sunshine and go out and enjoy these fabulous insects!

Click on the menus to find:

  • Photographs, descriptions and distribution maps of all Shropshire species
  • Top tips on identification and a guide to recording so you can join in!
  • The latest sightings in the Shropshire Dragonfly Watch blog and the annual Shropshire Dragonfly News
  • Local dragonfly events providing a chance to get some hands on identification experience
  • Information on Shropshire dragonfly habitats and  places to visit
  • Details of the incredible dragonfly life cycle


Willow Emerald species page now available under Species Coming Soon…

Shropshire Dragonfly Summary 2021 now available on newsletter page. Full Shropshire Dragonfly News to return in spring 2022!

All change for 2021- Vicky is relocating out of Shropshire so a big thankyou for collating records.  Sue Rees Evans is really pleased to be returning to the role of County Recorder and will be keen to receive all your sightings and great photos as the season gets underway.


Photograph © R.Stokes

Twenty- two species of dragonfly have been recorded in Shropshire. Click the link below to find out more.

More about Dragonflies



Photograph © G. Hiatt

Eleven species of damselfly have been recorded in Shropshire. Click the link below to find out more.

More about Damselflies


Photograph © G. Hiatt

Find out how to identify our Shropshire species and top tips to make life easier!

More about identification

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Large Red Damselflies still in bed…?

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...well a dog bed to be precise! Graham Wenman has sent in some photos of the Large Red Damselfly larvae he found residing in his 'dog bed pond'. The larvae are squat and distinctive and...

Spring is in the air…

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Inspired by the warmth in the sun yesterday I was sifting a few leaves off the garden pond and unexpectedly pulled out a number of larvae; 2 huge chasers and a good few Large Red...

Still on the wing…

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Stephen Barlow may have been unexpectedly dodging the 'un-forecast' showers on Whixall Moss, but he knew where to look and found this male Black Darter basking in the brief sunny spells in between! A nice record for...