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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 2020 Shropshire Dragonfly Watch.

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 4th November….let’s see how long they hang on…

Autumnal round up…

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Having been unexpectedly unable to blog for a few weeks I thought I’d post some photos of our autumnal regulars; Migrant Hawker (female left and male below), Brown Hawker (male below right) and Black Darter (male left and female right far below). The Hawkers were taken by Jan Shields in late September and the Darters by Stephen Barlow at Whixall Moss in mid October. The last local sightings reported were again by Stephen of a Common Hawker on 22nd October so it would be interesting to know if anyone has seen anything on the wing since…

Also, please don’t forget to send in your records of sightings to Vicky  so she can report on the dragonfly comings and goings in 2020. Thank you.

Dawn Delights…

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Andrew Fusek Peters has sent in some truly stunning photos taken on 29th September on the Long Mynd. Andrew took these pictures at dawn and has been rewarded with the amazing spectacle of dew on the the wings of these autumn regulars. A female Black Darter is picture left and Emerald Damselflies below- the female with brown and emerald coloration and the male (far below) with a beautiful powder blue pruinescence on the thorax.

Dozens of Darters!

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All this fabulous autumnal weather means there are still a good number of dragonflies about. Miles Leach was enjoying the sunshine on Monday at Boyne Water on Brown Clee and reports dozens of Black Darter (photo left) mating and ovipositing. He also took these lovely shots of Brown Hawker (below left) and Common Hawker (below right) females ovipositing. The yellow costa (leading edge of wing) is really striking in the Common Hawker. Amongst the other species seen were Southern Hawker, Emerald Damselfly and Common Darter- a great September day!

Good numbers of Small Red-eyed Damselfly…

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Jim Almond has been back to Dudmaston and taken these fabulous photos of Small Red-eyed Damselfly seen in good numbers on the main pond. Jim saw lots of copulating pairs perhaps making the most of the warmth before this very autumnal turn in the weather! It’s really great to see this new Shropshire species for the second year running and all this activity bodes well for the future population at Dudmaston.

Species recorded in 2020…

Large Red Damselfly

15th April

Four-spotted Chaser

19th April

White-faced Darter

22nd April

Broad-bodied Chaser

25th April

Beautiful Demoiselle

2nd May

Azure Damselfly

6th May

Banded Demoiselle

8th May

Emperor Dragonfly

11th May

Common Clubtail

13th May

White-legged Damselfly

19th May

Common Blue Damselfly

22nd May

Blue-tailed Damselfly

22nd May

Black-tailed Skimmer

28th May

Downy Emerald Dragonfly

1st June

Red-eyed Damselfly

8th June

Brown Hawker

13th June

Emerald Damselfly

14th June

Common Hawker

15th June

Southern Hawker

15th June

Common Darter

16th June

Black Darter

20th June

Golden-ringed Dragonfly

23rd June

Variable Damselfly

25th June

Ruddy Darter

10th July

Keeled Skimmer

14th July

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

8th August

Migrant Hawker

14th August