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.

Clouds of Banded Demoiselles…

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Female Banded Dem JShields

Between the more predictable clouds of rain at the weekend Jan Shields was fortunate to see ‘clouds of Banded Demoiselles’ on the River Severn in Shrewsbury. A male (left) and female are shown here with the white pseudopterostigma (false wing spot) just visible on the female.

Male clubtail JShields
male clubtail JShields

Jan also saw some Clubtails – this fabulous shot showing a rather large Mayfly lunch being devoured by a male! (don’t forget you can click on the images to see a larger copy). The photo on the far left also nicely illustrates the clubbed tail of the males giving this species it’s common name.

Azures finding a sunny spot…

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Andy Beech has sent in this lovely shot of Azure Damselflies in cop near Shrewsbury. The photo clearly shows the coenagrion spur on the side of the thorax in the male and female and also the black U shape on segment 2 of the male abdomen.

Eye-dentification tip…

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Gvulgatissimus female JShields

Pardon the pun, but Jan Shields has sent in this lovely close up of a female Common Clubtail and it’s the ideal opportunity to mention that this is the only species of dragonfly (as opposed to damselfly) in the UK with a gap between the eyes – all others showing some degree of contact. The same is true of the male Clubtail. Th e second photo also shows how stocky and parallel sided the female abdomen is – in stark contrast to the male abdominal shape which gives the species it’s common name.

Gvulgatissimus JShields

Clubtail emerging

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Having got sidetracked by Banded Demoiselles I forgot to post this fabulous picture taken by Andy Beech of a Clubtail emerging in Shrewsbury yesterday. I also saw an individual emerging and came face to face with an adult male…but true to form my photos weren’t a patch on this!

2 new species on the wing

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More sunshine and a quick cycle out around Shrewsbury resulted in seeing Red-eyed Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly -both firsts for me this season. What’s more I even managed to photograph the teneral Blue-tailed Damselfly seen here.

Species recorded in 2017…

Large Red Damselfly

18th April

Four-spotted Chaser

22nd April

White-faced Darter

3rd May

Azure Damselfly

5th May

Common Clubtail

10th May

Banded Demoiselle

11th May

Red-eyed Damselfly

14th May

Blue-tailed Damselfly

14th May