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Common Darter male

The purpose of this blog is to keep dragonfly enthusiasts up to date with dragonfly activity throughout the season. This way we should all know first hand what’s on the wing in Shropshire.


All are very welcome to be part of this seasonal diary. Get in touch at with sightings and photographs so I can post them on the blog. Even if you’re new to dragonflies and not sure what you have photographed please send it in and get involved in the 2021 Shropshire Dragonfly Watch.

Another day another record…

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The latest ever resident Shropshire species record now sits with Common Darter – 2 individuals pictured here and seen by Stephen Barlow at Whixall Moss on 25th November….will they last to December?

Face to face with the latest Black Darter…

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…and now we have 2 species seen on the latest date ever for resident dragonflies in Shropshire. Here is Stephen Barlow face to face with a darter taken an hour or so ago on Whixall Moss! I originally posted this as Black Darter as moments before Stephen had both a Black and a Common Darter settle on his hands before they moved onto his clothes and then 1 onto his face! We assumed it was the Black Darter on his face, but even with close inspection it’s difficult to be sure. Luckily he identified both species on his hands and personally I just wish more dragonflies would land on me!

Latest ever record of Shropshire resident species!

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The sun is out and the sky is blue and we have a Shropshire record for you! Stephen Barlow has been out today (22nd November) on Whixall Moss and photographed this female Common Darter within the last hour. This surpasses the previous latest record for any resident species in Shropshire by 2 days. With all this mild weather (until last night) this comes as no surprise and there may even be more records to come…please do keep me posted…

Latest ever Shropshire records for 2 species

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Stephen Barlow has sent in late records of both Common Hawker and Black Darter seen at Whixall Moss on 14th November- the latter pictured here. These sightings represented the latest ever Shropshire records for both species until yesterday when a further 3  male Black Darter were recorded by Julian Cartwright on 20th November. Not only is this the latest ever sighting of Black Darter in Shropshire, but it equals the latest sighting of any dragon or damselfly species resident in Shropshire. This was previously held by Common Darter seen on 20th November, 2015. As I write this blog and the sun is still shining I’m wondering if anyone is breaking any new records today…

Black Darter still on the wing..

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As well as Common Darters Stephen Barlow spotted this female Black Darter at Whixall Moss on 4th November…still in good shape with the diagnostic black triangle clearly visible on top of the thorax and 2 inverted black T shapes towards the end of the abdomen.

Species recorded in 2021…

Large Red Damselfly

15th April

Four-spotted Chaser

22nd April

White-faced Darter

25th April

Blue-tailed Damselfly

26th April

Variable Damselfly

26th April

Azure Damselfly

10th May

Red-eyed Damselfly

14th May

Broad-bodied Chaser

17th May

Beautiful Demoiselle

18th May

Common Clubtail

19th May

Banded Demoiselle

19th May

Common Blue Damselfly

27th May

White-legged Damselfly

27th May

Emperor Dragonfly

31st May

Downy Emerald

9th June

Black-tailed Skimmer

9th June

Emerald Damselfly

14th June

Golden-ringed Dragonfly

16th June

Black Darter

22nd June

Common Darter

24th June

Common Hawker

24th June

Southern Hawker

1st July

Brown Hawker

4th July

Ruddy Darter

18th July

Keeled Skimmer

19th July

Migrant Hawker

26th July

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

4th August