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 2018 Shropshire Dragonfly Watch.

Red-eyed Damselflies at Whixall Moss

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Stephen Barlow has recently spotted Red-eyed Damselflies at Whixall Moss -the first records at this location since 1986! As Stephen points out they have probably drifted across from the nearby canal -a more typical recording area for this species. The lower photo shows not only a lovely reflection, but a direct comparison with the Common Blue Damselfly sitting directly below the Red-eyed- a good chance to practice spot the difference!

Great weather for dragonflies!

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The sun keeps shining and the photos keep coming! Stuart Bolt has been back to Sainsburys in Telford..not for shopping I hasten to add, but for Emperor Dragonflies (left). Elsewhere Ron Parnell has been enjoying Broad-bodied Chasers in Church Stretton and sent in this lovely shot of an immature male (below left) showing the blue pruinescence creeping up the abdomen. Jan Shields has had an interesting sighting of a female White-legged Damselfly (below right) at Radbrook pond in Shrewsbury. This species is under close observation by the BDS due to a suspected decline in some areas -not in Shropshire it would appear…though usually seen on rivers and canals not ponds. And lastly, Tim Preston has been observing White-legged Damselflies in more usual habitat on the River Severn along with Common Clubtails- 2 great photos shown below.

Demoiselles on Display…

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Paul Spear has been enjoying beautiful Beautiful (below left) and Banded (left) Demoiselles at Venus Pool. A female demoiselle is also seen (below right) though I’m not stating Banded or Beautiful as they are far harder to tell apart than the males. The photo clearly shows her legs which are covered in long setae (hairs) to enable her to secure large prey.

All in a day at Dudmaston

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Tim Preston recently saw a good number of species at Big Pool, Dudmaston; Four-spotted and Broad-bodied Chasers, Banded Demoiselles, Azure Damselflies and Red-eyed and Blue-tailed Damselflies having a close encounter in this stunning shot. Tim also saw Black-tailed Skimmers and took this photo below of a male just starting to show the blue pruinescence that covers the abdomen in maturity- masking the yellow and black pattern seen in imatures.

Mites at Mousecroft…

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Jan Shields has sent in an interesting photo of a Common Blue Damselfly taken at Mousecroft pool near Shrewsbury. The damselfly is clearly covered in a good number of mites seen around the thorax. These are fairly common place and can appear in far larger numbers than seen here. Some mites will actually transfer from the larva onto the adult as it emerges taking up position before the exoskeleton hardens.

Species recorded in 2018…

Large Red Damselfly

April 21st

White-faced Darter

May 4th

Four-spotted Chaser

May 5th

Azure Damselfly

May 10th

Common Blue Damselfly

May 13th

Blue-tailed Damselfly

May 20th

Club-tailed Dragonfly

May 20th

Banded Demoiselle

May 20th

Broad-bodied Chaser

May 21st

Beautiful Demoiselle

May 21st

White-legged Damselfly

May 23rd

Red-eyed Damselfly

May 26th

Black-tailed Skimmer

May 26th

Emperor Dragonfly

May 28th

Common Darter

May 28th

Emerald Damselfly

June 9th

Golden-ringed Dragonfly

June 14th

Keeled Skimmer

June 14th

Brown Hawker

June 18th

Common Hawker

June 18th