April - May Sightings and News

Total species recorded during the 2015 season is 11

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

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)

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

Teneral male Four-spotted Chaser at Delamere 30.5.15. Photo © Rob McHale

At Delamere Forest Rob McHale sought out Four-spotted Chaser, Large Red Damselfly, Emerald Damselfly, and Azure Damselfly at Pearson's (57K SJ546715) and another Four-spotted Chaser with several Large Red Damselfly at Doolittle (57K SJ543714). Meanwhile Pete Kinsella found a single teneral Common Club-tail and a few Banded Demoiselle at Aldford (45E SJ415596).

Female Banded Demoiselle at Elton Hall 23.5.15. Photo © D Swaby

Whist it remains cool and damp there has been little action to report. Today I saw just a single female Large Red Damselfly at Middlewood (98M SJ947846).

Male Banded Demoiselle at Elton Hall 30.5.15. Photo © P Kinsella

Today Andrew Goodwin saw a single male Red-eyed Damselfly at Railway Flash (75E SJ717587) and then at Vale Royal Locks (67K SJ640700) he found a single Hairy Dragonfly with Blue-tailed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly.

Blue-tailed Damselfly at Elton Hall 23.5.15. Photo © D Swaby

In windy conditions Dennis Swaby found a couple of Banded Demoiselle and a few Blue-tailed Damselfly at Elton Hall Flashes (75J SJ724594). Andrew Goodwin was at Churton (45I SJ430565) where there were Blue-tailed Damselfly , Azure Damselfly, Variable Damselfly, and Large Red Damselfly. Earlier he saw five Common Club-tail and a few of Banded Demoiselle.at Aldford (45E SJ415596).

Teneral male Common Clubtail at Aldford 21.5.15. Photo © William Furse

When Bill Furse visited the Dee at Aldford (45E SJ415596) he found five Common Club-tail and a couple of Banded Demoiselle.

Teneral Common Blue Damselfly at Anderton 13.5.15. Photo © Janette Renshaw

At Anderton (67M SJ651751) Janette Renshaw found a newly emerged Four-spotted Chaser with Large Red Damselfly with Blue-tailed Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly. At Aldford (45E) Neil Friswell had a brief glimpse of a single Common Club-tail. Over at Leftwich (67Q SJ665710) Alan Redley had a couple of Large Red Damselfly at a garden pond. Meanwhile Brian Ainscough found Large Red Damselfly and Azure Damselfly at Jackson's Brickworks (98M SJ947845).

Teneral Four-spotted Chaser at Anderton 13.5.15. Photo © Janette Renshaw

Teneral male Azure Damselfly at Jackson's Brickworks 13.5.15. Photo © Brian Ainscough

A single Blue-tailed Damselfly was at the dragonfly pond at Anderton (67M SJ651751) today when Alan Redley called.

Teneral female Blue-tailed Damselfly f.rufescens at Anderton 12.5.15. Photo © Alan Redley

The first Hairy Dragonfly of 2015 was found on an old railway near Tattenhall (45Q SJ479503) where Neil Friswell spotted a single female along with a male Large Red Damselfly.

The cold weather has kept sightings to a minimum for a while now and when Barry Shaw was at Saltersley Moss (88F SJ822805) he saw just a single Large Red Damselfly.

Teneral male Large Red Damselfly at Danes Moss 23.4.15. Photo © S Gresty

At Danes Moss (97A SJ907705) Steve Gresty found a single teneral Large Red Damselfly today.

In a Burwardsley garden (55D SJ518567) Jenny Whitehead saw Large Red Damselfly flying.

Rob McHale called at Anderton Nature Park (67M SJ651751) today, and found several teneral Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula). The emergence of other species can't be long behind.

Male Large Red Damselfly. Photo © R Gabb


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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