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So far the mild weather has meant a reasonable number of dragonflies are still about and it’s worth keeping a close eye on them. Nicole and Gareth Lambe were observing Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers at Dolgoch Quarry when they noticed a few Black Darters, one of which is pictured left. Not only is this a first record for this species at Dolgoch Quarry, but it is also a surprise as this species is usually recorded on our upland acidic pools, not limestone quarries!

Elsewhere Geoff Hall has photographed this lovely Southern Hawker at Brokenstones just north of Wistanstow on 10th Oct -just 2 days after I was watching a female Southern Hawker around our garden pond….trying to egg lay in all the wrong places it seems!

Keep the records coming in and don’t forget the elusive Willow Emerald Damselfly….still unrecorded in Shropshire…