Female Common Clubtail at Aldford 31.5.17. Photo © Paul Brewster
Lots of action reported today. At Rostherne Mere (78L SJ752839) Sheelagh Halsey saw two Emperor Dragonfly and also three Broad-bodied Chaser. Meanwhile Julie Samuels was at Anderton Nature Park (67M SJ651753) where she saw Four-spotted Chaser, Banded Demoiselle and Blue-tailed Damselfly. Pete Leicester saw plenty of Large Red Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly at Marbury Park (67N SJ655761). On the Dee at Aldford (45E SJ415596) Paul Brewster found Common Club-tail and lots of Red-eyed Damselfly. there were also Variable Damselfly at Churton Marl Pits (45I SJ430565). Brian Baird went to Woolston Eyes (68U SJ665886) where he saw Emperor Dragonfly and Four-spotted Chaser.
Female Blue-tailed Damselfly f. rufescens at Rostherne Mere 31..5.17. Photo © Sheelagh Halsey
An Azure Damselfly caught in a spider web is devoured by a Scorpion Fly at Rostherne Mere 31..5.17. Photo © Sheelagh Halsey
Sheelagh Halsey ventured out in the drizzle and rain around Dairy
House Meadow (67S SJ663757) and still managed to see Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly.
Female Banded Demoiselle at Elton Hall Flash 24.5.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby
At Danes Moss (96A SJ905704) Julie Samuels found plenty of Large Red Damselfly with several Common Blue Damselfly and seven Four-spotted Chaser.
Male Emperor Dragonfly at Churton 26.5.17. Photo © Lee Wilkinson
A rather battered female Broad-bodied Chaser at Churton 26.5.17. Photo © Lee Wilkinson
Another scorching day saw plenty of records submitted. Mike Read was at Churton Marl Pits (45I SJ430565) where he found a lot of Hairy Dragonfly and Red-eyed Damselfly with a couple of Variable Damselfly. On the Dee at Churton (45D SJ404563) Lee Wilkinson saw Common Club-tail, Emperor Dragonfly and Broad-bodied Chaser. Seelagh Halsey also saw Broad-bodied Chaser at Swettenham Meadows (86D SJ804675).
A Red-veined Darter was seen on Hilbre Island (18Z SJ184880) today.
Male Common Clubtail at Churton 26.5.17. Photo © Lee Wilkinson
Teneral male Four-spotted Chaser at Doolittle 25.5.17. Photo © David Kitching
A trip to Hatchmere (57L SJ553722) yielded a few Variable Damselfly whilst there were lots of Four-spotted Chaser at Doolittle (57K SJ543714). A marl pit at Hatton Heath (46K SJ449607) had Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser and losts of Azure Damselfly. Moving on to Golborne Manor (46K SJ454600) there was a single male Hairy Dragonfly and also Four-spotted Chaser. A pond at Golborne Hall (45P SJ454598) saw a male Broad-bodied Chaser with Large Red Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly.
Male Variable Damselfly at Hatchmere 25.5.17. Photo © David Kitching
Male Red-eyed Damselfly at Dunham Massey 25.5.17. Photo ©Sheelagh Halsey
Bob Thompson and Paul Brewster both recorded several Downy Emerald at Gull Pool (66E SJ602688), whilst Sheelagh Halsey found Red-eyed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly at Dairy House Meadow (67S SJ663757). On the Chester Meadows (46D SJ416660) Jon Wainwright discovered a teneral male Black-tailed Skimmer, first of the year for Cheshire and a first for the site too.
Teneral male Black-tailed Skimmer at Chester Meadows 24.5.17. Photo © Jon Wainwright
Female Banded Demoiselle at Rostherne Mere 23.5.17. Photo © Sheelagh Halsey
A pair of Azure Damselflies at Tetton Lane 25.5.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby
There were Broad-bodied Chaser, Large Red Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly at Burton Mere (37B SJ314736) reports Neil Friswell. On the Macclesfield Canal at Whiteley Green (97J SJ927788) a tandem pair of Blue-tailed Damselfly were seen this morning. A pair of Banded Demoiselle were seen at Rostherne Mere (78L SJ752839) by Sheelagh Halsey.
Female Common Clubtail at Aldford 22.5.17. Photo © Pete Kinsella
Sheelagh Halsey was at Rostherne Mere (78L SJ752839) where there were abundant Azure Damselfly as well as a few Broad-bodied Chaser, Large Red Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly. At Handforth (88L SJ8683) Hugh Everett spotted a male Broad-bodied Chaser emerging from a garden pond. Several other larvae were seen preparing to emerge. Pete Kinsella was on the Dee at Aldford (45E SJ415596) and saw a female Common Club-tail and a few Banded Demoiselle . There were more Banded Demoiselle at Farndon (45C SJ412544) and a single female Beautiful Demoiselle.
Down on the Dee at Aldford (45E SJ415596) Ian Brodie found a single Common Club-tail along with a few Banded Demoiselle and Blue-tailed Damselfly. Bob Thompson also found Common Club-tail and Red-eyed Damselfly at the same location.
Female Broad-bodied Chaser at Aston 16.5.17. Photo © Paul Quigley
Broad-bodied Chaser was flying at Bird's Wood, Aston (57R SJ572784) today when Paul Quigley visited.
A pair of Large Red Damselfly at Rostherne Mere 14.5.17. Photo © Sheelagh Halsey
Large Red Damselfly being received at the moment. Several seen at Lindow Common (88F SJ836812) by Julie Samuels, and more at Rostherne Mere (78L SJ752839) by Sheelagh Halsey.
Male Banded Demoiselle at Sandbach Flashes 11.5.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby
Male Banded Demoiselle at Sandbach Flashes 11.5.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby
Blue-tailed Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly at Billinge Green Flash 10.5.17. Photos © Alan Redley
Neil Friswell went down to the Dee at Aldford (45E SJ415595) and saw a couple of teneral Common Club-tail together with single Common Blue Damselfly and Red-eyed Damselfly.
The first Downy Emerald for Cheshire in 2017 was found by Paul Brewster at Shemmy Moss (56Z SJ598688) today. At nearby Newchurch Common (66E SJ605688) there were Large Red Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly. John Melia called at Billinge Green Flash (67V SJ682713) and found Hairy Dragonfly and Banded Demoiselle.
A pair of Large Red Damselfly at Anderton 10.5.17. Photo © Pete Leicester
Three Hairy Dragonfly are reported flying at Billinge Green Flash (67V SJ682713) by Alan Redley. At Anderton Nature Park (67M SJ651753) Pete Leicester found plenty of Large Red Damselfly with a few Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly. At Sandbach Flashes (75J SJ728595) Dennis Swaby saw a single male Banded Demoiselle.
Male Hairy Dragonfly at Billinge Green Flash 10.5.17. Photo © Alan Redley
Lee Wilkinson reports a male
Hairy Dragonfly flying at Churton Marlpits (45I SJ430565).
On a visit to Burton Mere (37B SJ314737) by Eric Finch and David Edwards they found a teneral Broad-bodied Chaser. At Danes Moss (97A SJ905704) Julie Samuels only found about 20 Large Red Damselfly.
Teneral female Large Red Damselfly at Rixton Claypits 4.5.17. Photo © Brian Baird
Large Red Damselfly seen this year at Pear Orchard, Norton Priory (58L SJ549835) by Paul Quigley.
With the sun shining but a stiff breeze blowing it has continued to be difficult to find anything flying.
Brian Baird explored Rixton Claypits (69V SJ685901) and eventually found a few Large Red Damselfly and a single male Azure Damselfly sheltering from the wind. Meanwhile Paul Brewster saw plenty of Large Red Damselfly at Shemmy Moss (56Z SJ598688) and a few teneral Common Blue Damselfly at Newchurch Common (66E SJ605688). Meanwhile Richard Gabb found a teneral Four-spotted Chaser at Pearson's (57K SJ546715) in Delamere Forest.
Teneral female Common Blue Damselfly at Rossmere 3.5.17. Photo © Richard Gabb
Richard Gabb reports from Rossmere (88F) where he saw teneral examples of Large Red Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly and Azure Damselfly. Peter Shaw also saw a teneral male Azure Damselfly at Vale Royal locks (66P SJ643698) on the Rver Weaver today.
Teneral female Azure Damselfly at Rossmere 3.5.17. Photo © Richard Gabb
At Jackson's Brickworks (98M SJ947845) today Richard Gabb only found teneral Large Red Damselfly.
On a visit to Billinge Green Flash (67V SJ682713) Alan Redley found just a single teneral male Blue-tailed Damselfly.
Teneral male Blue-tailed Damselfly at Billinge Green Flash 30.4.17. Photo © Alan Redley
Over at Sandbach Flashes (75J SJ728595) Dennis Swaby searched hard for Odonata but was only able to find a single teneral Large Red Damselfly. At the same time Paul Brewster found three more of the same at Newchurch Common (66E SJ605688).
Teneral female Large Red Damselfly at Sandbach Flashes 23.4.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby
Alan Redley reports several Large Red Damselfly emerging from a garden pond at Leftwich (67Q SJ665710).
Teneral Large Red Damselfly at Leftwich 22.4.17. Photo © Alan Redley
At a garden pond in Handforth (88L SJ8683) Hugh Everett found several Large Red Damselfly emerging.
Freshly emerged female Large Red Damselfly at Handforth 15.4.17. Photo © Hugh Everett
Janette Renshaw saw five teneral Large Red Damselfly at Doolittle Moss, Delamere (57K SJ543714) today.
Teneral female Large Red Damselfly.
At Anderton Nature Park (67M SJ651751) today Julie Samuels saw seven teneral Large Red Damselfly and Janette Renshaw saw three more. A good early start to the season in Cheshire.