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 2021 Shropshire Dragonfly Watch.

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 you can see the noticeable right angles at the hind corners of the head. These larvae are mature and will be ready to emerge as soon as we get through the April snows! It’s amazing how even a small body of water can support so much life and looking at the photo, a dog bed clearly makes a great little pond.

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 Damselflies. I was surprised how mature they all looked and thought I better give you all the heads up. Obviously I returned them all to the pond, but I’m definitely keeping a close eye! This lovely photo of Large Red Damselfly is from Jan Shields last year…but I’m hoping to see something similar peaking around the vegetation in the not too distant. Please let me know  if you see the start of the Shropshire flight season…

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.

Species recorded in 2021…

none yet…