August Sightings and News

Total species recorded during the 2011 season is 24

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

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa)
White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes)
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas)
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum)

Peter Heywood reports three ovipositing Brown Hawker on the ponds at Handforth (88R SJ870835) with a single Common Hawker and several Common Darter. A female Southern Hawker was flying at Macclesfield Riverside Park (97C SJ904756), Over at Jacksons' Brickworks (98M SJ947845) Peter Dowse found Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, and Black Darter.

At Macclesfield Riverside Park (97C SJ904756) a single Brown Hawker was flying over the river.

Chris Storey visited Danes Moss (97A SJ907706) and saw several Brown Hawker and Common Hawker with plenty of Black Darter and Common Darter. He also spotted an ovipositing pair of Black-tailed Skimmer. Moving on to Tatton Mere (78K SJ753809) there were several Emerald Damselfly and also Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and a single Common Darter.

Common Darter at Danes Moss 21.8.11. Photo © Chris Storey 2011

At Jackson's Brickworks (98M SJ947845) Peter Dowse spotted a male Banded Demoiselle, a new species for this site. Meanwhile Bryan Roberts was at Stock-in-Hey Farm (88B SJ800826) and found several Brown Hawker, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and a teneral male Migrant Hawker. Michael Gardner called at Thurstaston Common (28M SJ243848) and found a few Emerald Damselfly and a single male Common Darter.

Teneral m
ale Migrant Hawker at Mobberley. Photo © Bryan Roberts 2011

Mat Bingham saw several Brown Hawker and lots of Common Darter with a single Migrant Hawker at Anderton Nature Park (67M SJ651751)

Chris Storey visited Tatton Park and found Southern Hawker and Banded Demoiselle on the Tatton Mere Stream (78K SJ755810) and at Melchett Mere (78K SJ748810) there were Emerald Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, and Blue-tailed Damselfly. Meanwhile, on Macclesfield Riverside Park (97D SJ904760) I spotted a single Brown Hawker feeding in the trees.

Not much seen flying at the weekend. The only report received came from Ian Brodie who saw a Brown Hawker flying at Hopyards (67M SJ652758) near Anderton.

Male Brown Hawker at Church Minshull. Photo © Richard Gabb 2011

I visited the Macclesfield Canal at Bosley Aqueduct (96C SJ906652) this morning. Present were several Blue-tailed Damselfly and a male Brown Hawker. Meanwhile at Inner Marsh Farm (33B SJ305737) Kenn Roberts found a teneral male Migrant Hawker, the first record for this species in Cheshire 2011.

Teneral male Migrant Hawker at Inner Marsh Farm 3.8.11. Photo © Ken Roberts 2011

Male Black Darter at Danes Moss. Photo © Richard Gabb 2011

If you have made any Odonata observations in Cheshire and would like to share them with others or wish to take part in the recording scheme please email me. Good quality photographs of Cheshire Odonata for use on the news pages are also very welcome.

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