Shropshire Dragonfly Watch BlogKeeping an eye on the dragonflies flying in Shropshire

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  info@shropshiredragonflies.co.uk 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 2017 Shropshire Dragonfly Watch.

First dragons on the wing!

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Four-spotted Chaser
Large Red Damselfly

Stephen Barlow has spotted an early dragonfly at Whixall Moss on Saturday 22nd April. The Four-spotted Chaser is seen in his photo on the far left with four spots clearly visible on the wings and dark patches of pigment at the base of the wings- characteristic of the Chasers. Stephen also saw many more Large Red Damselflies in a sheltered sunny spot including this individual having a spot of light lunch!

First sighting for 2017!

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Large Red Damselfly male

Just as frost is forecast for tonight I hear from Warwick Davies in Oswestry that a Large Red Damselfy flew from his pond in Oswestry today. This means the Shropshire flight season is underway which is great news! Keep me posted with sightings and all photos very welcome. Warwick was taken by surprise and without camera so I’ve just added a lovely photo of this species taken by G. Hiatt last year -just to whet the appetite!

Spring has sprung!

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Amazingly April is nearly upon us and with that should come the first Large Red Damselflies of 2017- usually mid-late April but if  it’s warm (?!) it could be sooner. As we await the first sightings there’s a great opportunity to get to grips with larvae and exuviae on Sat 8th April at Preston Montford FSC -full details on the event page. It should be a fun and challenging day and a really good way to know what’s actually breeding in your pond. So if you ‘d like to be able to identify all these exuviae (photographed by Andy Cutts) and more then please book a place and come along.

Species recorded in 2017…

Large Red Damselfly

18th April

Four-spotted Chaser

22nd April