August Sightings and News

Total species recorded during the 2015 season is 24

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

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii)

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)

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)
Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum)
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum)

Last sighting for August was a Southern Hawker feeding along the hedgerows at Higher Poynton (98L SJ946836).

I had a brief glimpse of a Migrant Hawker at Bosley Locks (96D SJ904660) today.

The Small Red-eyed Damselfly were still visible at Warmingham Flash (76B SJ716632) when John Rayner visited the other end of the site today.

Ruddy darters at Warmingfham Flash 24.8.15 Photo © Dennis Swaby

At Warmingham Flash (76A SJ718616) Dennis Swaby found a pair of Ruddy Darter, the first time that this species has been recorded here.

Andrew Goodwin returned to Warmingham Flash (76B SJ718624) where there were still Small Red-eyed Damselfly along with Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, and Common Darter. Moving on to Maw Green (75E SJ715581) he saw Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer, and Common Darter with Common Blue Damselfly, and Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Although this is not in Cheshire I thought it welll worthwhile to include this photograph of Brown Hawkers ovipositing on a post at Moses Gate Country Park near Bolton. Thanks to my good friend Alan Davies for allowing it to be used here. I don't think I have ever seen so many hawkers ovipositing so close together.

Female Brown Hawkers ovipositing. Photo © Alan Davies

A male Banded Demoiselle was heading rapidly towards Marple along the Macclesfield Canal (98L SJ947838) this morning.

Female Southern Hawker at Leftwich 21.8.15. Photo © Alan Redley

Southern Hawker was ovipositing in a pond at Leftwich (67Q SJ665710) reports Alan Redley.

Male Black Darter at Risley Moss 19.8.15. Photo © Brian Baird

At Risley Moss (69R SJ665920) Brian Baird found plenty of Common Darter and Black Darter today. Meanwhile at Rossmere (88F SJ821811) Richard Gabb found Common Darter.

A pair of Common Darter at Rossmere 19.8.15. Photo © Richard Gabb

Andrew Goodwin has discovered the first recorded colony of Small Red-eyed Damselfly in Cheshire at Warmingham Flash (76B SJ718624). This species was expected to reach the county one day as it has been spreading its range northwards, but to find it so soon is a surprise.

Small Red-eyed Damselfly at Warmingham Flash 20.8.15. Photos © Dennis Swaby

Emerald Damselfly were seen at Jackson's Brickworks (98M SJ947845) today reports Peter Dowse.

On a pond at Alderley Edge (87N SJ853774 ) Chris Storey found Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter, Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Azure Damselfly

Yet another Southern Hawker was feeding along the Macclesfield Canal near Middlecale (98M SJ950848) today.

Richard Gabb found plenty of Common Darter at Jackson's Brickworks (98M SJ947845), and Peter Dowse saw a male Broad-bodied Chaser on the new pond there. This is very late for this species still to be around.

Female Common Darter at Jackson's Brickworks 12.8.15. Photo © Richard Gabb

At the Dingle Lake in Sandbach (76Q SJ761609) Andrew Goodwin saw Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Red-eyed Damselfly, and Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Female Brown Hawker at Maw Green 10.8.15. Photo © Andrew Goodwin

It seems to be the week of the Southern Hawker as I am seeing them wherever I go. Today I found a female feeding along a farm track at Harrop Green (97J SJ921797) in Adlington. Andrew Goodwin returned to Maw Green (75E SJ715581) where he also found Southern Hawker along with Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter, and Ruddy Darter. Meanwhile Graham Bayliss spotted the first Migrant Hawker reported this year whilst on the River Weaver (66R SJ669632).

Male Ruddy Darter at Maw Green 10.8.15. Photo © Andrew Goodwin

Along the Middlewood Way at Poynton (98M SJ945842) there were several teneral Southern Hawker feeding amongst the trees.

Irene Blagden was not expecting to see a male Banded Demoiselle at Horse Coppice Reservoir (98R SJ970837) today. At Rixton Claypits (69V SJ685907) Ray Collins observed Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter, and lots of Emerald Damselfly and Azure Damselfly. Ian Brodie reports Brown Hawker from Knutsford Moor (77P SJ754786).

Tandem Emerald Damselflies at Rixton 7.8.15. Photo © Ray Collins

At Woolston Eyes (68P SJ 649882) Brian Baird saw Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Azure Damselfly. Meanwhile at Dairyhouse Meadow (67S SJ663757) Ray Collins found Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter, and surprisingly a pair of Banded Demoiselle.

Male Brown Hawker at Woolston Eyes 6.8.15. Photo © Brian Baird

Bernard Rose found a Southern Hawker at Neston (27Y SJ295776) today.

Male Southern Hawker at Neston 3.8.15 Photo © Bernard Rose

A single Brown Hawker was feeding amongst the trees at Middlewood (98M SJ947846) this morning.

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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