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Old Wednesday 3rd June 2020, 16:23   #76
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Saw a couple of Dragonflies & Damselflies at my local patch on Saturday.
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Old Wednesday 10th June 2020, 08:33   #77
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Yesterday a blue Damselfly landed on my arm sadly I couldn't get a photo.
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Old Wednesday 10th June 2020, 13:51   #78
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Through iRecord - Immature male Black Darter photographed at Town Common (Christchurch) on 2nd June and Lesser Emperor from the Moors Valley Country Park on 1st June.
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Old Wednesday 10th June 2020, 20:05   #79
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I seem to get mostly large red and azure damsels in the garden with occasional demoiselles (two species). Common damsel never seems to come. But I do get the odd blue-tailed damsel (see photo). I have had white-legged but not for a long time.
In terms of dragonflies, broad-bodies and four-spotted chasers seem to be the commonest with common darter later in the season.
The diversity seems to have decreased over recent years. I'm not sure whether this is because the water has become less pure or what.
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Lesser Emperor washed up dead on a beach in the Scilly Isles at the weekend. Presumably a fairly recent demise given that it was sufficiently intact to be recognisable. https://twitter.com/BDSdragonflies/s...23785046384644
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Old Thursday 11th June 2020, 10:26   #81
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Lesser Emperor washed up dead on a beach in the Scilly Isles at the weekend. Presumably a fairly recent demise given that it was sufficiently intact to be recognisable. https://twitter.com/BDSdragonflies/s...23785046384644
Rather sad end! I'm surprised more weren't reported in May along with Red-veined Darters.
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Old Tuesday 16th June 2020, 19:33   #82
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There were some Red-veined Darters on Southampton Common (model) boating lake today (16th June).

I see from this website https://isleofwightdragons.blogspot.com/ that the Southern Emeralds have been flying for quite a while
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There were some Red-veined Darters on Southampton Common (model) boating lake today (16th June).

I see from this website https://isleofwightdragons.blogspot.com/ that the Southern Emeralds have been flying for quite a while
Is that the round concrete lake? I went there for them once a few years ago.

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Old Wednesday 17th June 2020, 08:53   #84
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Is that the round concrete lake? I went there for them once a few years ago.

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That's the one John
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Do you think they could be breeding there or migrants Paul? There has been two at the usual reservoir on the Isle of Wight during the last week. Again a possible local breeding site as ovipositing seen there during the last two years.
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This year's news from Longham Lakes is what I'm waiting for!

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Old Wednesday 17th June 2020, 20:02   #88
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Do you think they could be breeding there or migrants Paul? There has been two at the usual reservoir on the Isle of Wight during the last week. Again a possible local breeding site as ovipositing seen there during the last two years.
They have bred on the Common - I found a teneral on the grass next to the lake on 11.08.17 - but I suspect you meen "persistent" breeding in that they mature locally and then produce another generation.

It's a difficult site to monitor because of all the footfall around the (small) lake and also that I'm the only one who is interested in recording dragonflies on Southampton Common :-)

This was my first visit to the common this year as I have avoided overcrowded places so I had no chance to check for any tenerals or emergents and I don't have permission to get in the lake to try to find exuviae.

There are no fish in the lake - it is drained each winter - so there would be an opportunity for the larvae to survive the winter if the water was warm enough.

When I used to watch dragonflies at Badminston Gravel Pit nearer to the Hants coast there was often successful breeding from the insects that arrived in late May hrough June but I never saw a red male in the autumn - they all dispersed before maturity.

That answer was a bit of a long-winded "No" !

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Old Friday 19th June 2020, 11:19   #89
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Is this a regular site for them? (A species I've still never seen. Tried Badminston once- failed).
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You and me both. When would you think they will emerge, if at all?
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Is this a regular site for them? (A species I've still never seen. Tried Badminston once- failed).
Seems to be solid for both Red-veined Darter and Lesser Emperor these days.

I've just managed to miss that Broad Scarlet twice - Gone with the Wind by the time I got there.

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You and me both. When would you think they will emerge, if at all?
Going by the dates of the dip photos, in the next couple of weeks.....

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Pictures of Red-veined Darter(dozens there last year) and rubbish Lesser Emperor from last year, plus 2017 Lesser Emperor, all at Longham Lakes.
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Very early visit to Thursley yesterday to try and find emerging or teneral Brilliant Emeralds. Complete disaster, nothing emerging and no Emeralds at all. Maybe a bit late? This stunning Brown Hawker was some consolation.
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Nice ruddy darter in the garden yesterday along with a beautiful demoiselle; and a broad-bodied chaser. The white-legged damselfly is from our local wildlife centre today - not the greatest of shots.
PS just found a dead southern hawker. It was lying on our lawn next to the exuvia. I wonder what happened.
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Very early visit to Thursley yesterday to try and find emerging or teneral Brilliant Emeralds. Complete disaster, nothing emerging and no Emeralds at all. Maybe a bit late? This stunning Brown Hawker was some consolation.
Possibly still too early, as I was at the Moat yesterday afternoon and while there were no Brilliants, there were plenty of Downies still. There are however Brilliant Emeralds on the Basingstoke Canal between Eelmoor and Claycart (where the canal is near Farnborough Airport)

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Small Red-eyed Damselfies

There were quite a few on Southampton Common boating lake today. My earliest for the UK but a week behind the VC11 record. Red-veined Darters still ovopositing!
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Possibly still too early, as I was at the Moat yesterday afternoon and while there were no Brilliants, there were plenty of Downies still. There are however Brilliant Emeralds on the Basingstoke Canal between Eelmoor and Claycart (where the canal is near Farnborough Airport)

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I was trying to follow in the footsteps of Marc Heath who had them emerging on 2/6/18. However Brooks/Cham/Lewington suggests peak emergence is late June. Maybe I'll give it another go, although the weather after today doesn't look too good.
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There were quite a few on Southampton Common boating lake today. My earliest for the UK but a week behind the VC11 record. Red-veined Darters still ovopositing!
I had mine 2 days ago in west London at a couple of local sites around Northolt. Today noticed 4 ovipositing pairs.
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First common darter of the year for me today.
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First common darter of the year for me today.
I had my earliest ever this year with newly emerged Common & Ruddy Darters about 3 weeks ago.
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I saw this dragonfly today in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. But I do not know what it is.
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