Dragonfly surveys

2018 Dragonfly Survey

A small group of enthusiasts have been carrying out regular surveys on the reserve this year and have, so far, managed to find 16 different species present. Just one of these is new to the reserve, the Small Red-eyed Damselfly; a species that has recently been expanding its range in our direction. A very nice find by Michael Brighton.

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Small Red-eye

Two species that aren’t usually so easy to find have been seen in good numbers this year. These are the Ruddy Darter and the Emerald Damselfly; we were able to show both of these beautiful insects on the well-attended dragonfly walk at the end of June.

Ruddy Darter

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Emerald Damselfly

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SPECIES RECORDED THIS YEAR:

Large Red Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly
Azure Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Emerald Damselfly
Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Hairy Dragonfly
Migrant Hawker
Southern Hawker
Emperor

Four-spotted Chaser
Broad-bodied Chaser
Scarce Chaser
Black-tailed Skimmer

Common Darter
Ruddy Darter

Thanks to Dave and Carol Horlick, Giles Morris, Michael Brighton and the warden, Iain Macfarlane, for their spotting and photography skills.