September 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)

Male Brown Hawker at Anderton Nature Park 29.9.11. Photo © Pete Leicester 2011

At Anderton Nature Park (67M SJ651753) Pete Leicester found Common Darter to be particularly abundant with both adults and teneral individuals seen. Also present were Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, and a couple of Blue-tailed Damselfly.

A pair of Common Darter at Anderton Nature Park 29.9.11. Photo © Pete Leicester 2011

A male Migrant Hawker was seen today at Macclesfield Riverside Park (97C SJ904756).

Female Black Darter at Risley Moss 19.9.11. Photo © Phil Corley 2011

Richard Gabb was at Moorside Hotel, Higher Disley (98W SJ984822) and found two Brown Hawker ovipositing, a couple of male Southern Hawker and single Emerald Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly.Further north at Rixton Claypits (69V SJ685907) Phil Corley saw a single Brown Hawker and several Common Darter. Moving on to Risley Moss (69Q SJ666918) there were several Black Darter flying.

At Vale Royal Locks (67K SJ640703) today Mat Bingham saw two Migrant Hawker flying.

Teneral female Migrant Hawker at Anderton. Photo © Mat Bingham 2010

A trip on the Shropshire Union Canal yielded a single male Banded Demoiselle at Coole Pilate (64N SJ648463) and a Brown Hawker at Cholmondeston (64P SJ648584). Meanwhile Barry Shaw was at Stock-in-Hey Farm (88B SJ800826) where there were several Common Darter and a couple of Common Blue Damselfly and Emerald Damselfly, with a single Southern Hawker.

Female Brown Hawker at Moorside 11.9.11. Photo © Ray Scally 2011

Mat Bingham found just one male Migrant Hawker at Vale Royal Locks (67K SJ640703). Meanwhile, Ray Scally visited the Moorside Hotel at Higher Disley (98W SJ984822) where he saw three Brown Hawker.

On the Bollin at Macclesfield Riverside Park (97C SJ904756) this morning I spotted a single Common Darter and a Brown Hawker.

Male Ruddy Darter at Tatton Park 3.9.11. Photo © Chris Storey 2011

At Tatton Park, Chris Storey found several Common Blue Damselfly and Emerald Damselfly, with single Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, and Ruddy Darter at Melchett Mere (78K SJ748810). This latter species brings the total number seen at Tatton Park this year to 15.

Male Emerald Damselfly at Tatton Park 3.9.11. Photo © Chris Storey 2011

At Macclesfield Riverside Park (97C SJ904756) a pair of Brown Hawker were flying over the river along with a female Migrant Hawker.

Male Common Darter at Lindow Common. Photo © Richard Gabb 2011

Richard Gabb took a stroll around Lindow Common (88F SJ833811) this morning and found Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter.

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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