Latest Sightings and News

Total species recorded during the 2017 season is 26

Common Club-tail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense)

Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea)
Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)
Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)
Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)
Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa)
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas)
Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum)
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum)


Due to circumstances beyond my control I shall be unable to update these pages for a while. Please don't stop sending in details of sightings and I shall get back to dealing with them as soon as I am fit enough to do so. I am really grateful to everyone who contributes to these pages and would not want anyone to think they were being ignored.

Back soon - David Kitching

A very late female Common Darter was spotted by Pete Leicester on the River Weaver at Rudheath (67R SJ671728).

Pete Leicester called at Neumann's Flash (67S SJ664753) where he found a single female Common Darter, but at Anderton Nature Park (67M SJ651753) there were lots of Common Darter including pairs in tandem.

Tandem Common Darter at Anderton Nature Park 8.11.17. Photo © Pete Leicester

In between the showers the warm sunshine brought out the hawkers in the Poynton area. Richard Gabb saw Southern Hawker at Jackson's Brickworks (98M SJ947845) and there was a Brown Hawker at Coppice Road (98G SJ938830) and a Southern Hawker at Wood Lanes, Adlington (98F SJ937816).

Male Southern Hawker at Jackson's Brickworks 8.9.17. Photo © Richard Gabb

On her regular visit to Rostherne NNR (78L SJ752839) Sheelagh Halsey saw Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter.

Female Common Darter at Rostherne NNR 4.9.17. Photo © Sheelagh Halsey

At Moore Nature Reserve (58X SJ587858) Sheelagh Halsey found a few Common Blue Damselfly along with Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter.

© David Kitching 2017

Last updated 19.11.2017