June Sightings and News

Total species recorded during the 2017 season is 20

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

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

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)
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
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)

Very mature female Red-veined Darter at Dairyhouse Meadow 26.6.17. Photo © Pete Leicester

Pete Leicester saw what proved to be only the fourth record ever for Red-veined Darter in Cheshire whilst walking at Dairyhouse Meadow (67S SJ663757). This proved to be a very mature female that had developed a lot of red colouring. He also found Emperor Dragonfly and plenty of Black-tailed Skimmer at Neumann's Flash (67S SJ664753).

Female Blue-tailed Damselflycaught by a wasp at Sandbach Flashes 15.6.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby.

Dennis Swaby watched a Blue-tailed Damselfly caught and eaten by a wasp at Sandbach Flashes (75J SJ728595).

At Swettenham Meadows (86D SJ804675) Sheelagh Halsey found Broad-bodied Chaser, Large Red Damselfly and Azure Damselfly.

Female Emperor Dragonfly at Tetton Lane 20.6.17.
Photo © Dennis Swaby.

A single Southern Hawker was busy feeding along the Middlewood Way at Middlewood (98K SJ945847) this morning. Sheelagh Halsey reports Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly and Black-tailed Skimmer at Rostherne Mere (78L SJ752839).

Male Broad-bodied Chaser at Upton 19.6.17. Photo © Cyril Langman

Male Large Red Damselfly under attack at Brereton Heath Park 19.6.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby.

Jackson's Brickworks (98M SJ947845) is often worth visiting for Odonata.Today Peter Dowse reports seeing Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, Common Darter and Banded Demoiselle. A further Broad-bodied Chaser is reported from Upton (46E SJ417685) by Cyril Langman. At Brereton Heath Park (76X SJ799649) Dennis Swaby was able to photograph a Large Red Damselfly under attack from several large flies.

Male Beautiful Demoiselle on the Wybunbury Brook 18.6.17. Photo © Richard Gabb

Peter Leicester saw Southern Hawker and Brown Hawker at Anderton Nature Park (67M SJ651753) today, whilst Richard Gabb found Beautiful Demoiselle on the Wybunbury Brook (64Z SJ697496).

Male Large Red Damselfly at Higher Disley 17.6.17. Photo © Brian Ainscough.

A visit by Brian Ainscough to the Millennium Pool at Higher Disley (98W SJ981831) yielded the expected Broad-bodied Chaser and also Large Red Damselfly. At Woolston Eyes (68P SJ649882) Brian Baird saw Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly and Four-spotted Chaser with plenty of damselflies. A recently emerged Southern Hawker was found by Alan Redley at Leftwich (67Q SJ665710).

Newly emerged Southern Hawker at Leftwich 17.6.17. Photo © Alan Redley.

Female Emperor Dragonfly at Billinge Green 17.6.17.
Photo © Joy Beresford.

On the fishing pool at Vale Royal (67K SJ640705) Pete Leicester watched Hairy Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly and Four-spotted Chaser.

Male Black-tailed Skimmer at Sandbach Flashes 15.6.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby.

Azure Damselflies at Anderton Nature Park14.6.17. Photo © Pete Leicester.

Paul Brewster reports Downy Emerald from Gull Pool (66E SJ602688) and also Newchurch Common (66E SJ605688). Alison Lilley saw Emperor Dragonfly at Abney Park (88U SJ860890).

Male Emperor Dragonfly at Abney Park 14.6.17. Photo © Alison Lilley.

Female Black-tailed Skimmer at Rostherne 14.6.17. Photo © Sheelagh Halsey.

A pair of Banded Demoiselle at Sandbach Flashes 7.6.17. Photo © Dennis Swaby.

At Sandbach Flashes (75J SJ728595) all Dennis Swaby could find was Banded Demoiselle.

Male Four-spotted Chaser at Abney Park 4.6.17. Photo © Alison Lilley

Alison Lilley was at AbneyPark (88U SJ860890) today and saw Four-spotted Chaser. Meanwhile at Kelsall (56I SJ523671) John Beresford spoted a male and female Emperor Dragonfly.

Broad-bodied Chaser ovipositing at Jackson's Brickworks 3.6.17. Photo © Richard Gabb

Richard Gabb reports both Four-spotted Chaser and Broad-bodied Chaser at Jackson's Brickworks (98M SJ947845). At Chester Meadows (46C SJ418655) Andrew Ingham found a couple of Red-eyed Damselfly and then on the Dee at Heronbridge (46B SJ414632) he found two more along with plenty of Banded Demoiselle, Blue-tailed Damselfly and a couple of Broad-bodied Chaser. Paul Brewster reports seeing both Downy Emerald and Four-spotted Chaser at Gull Pool (66E SJ602688).

A pair of Blue-tailed Damselfly at Heronbridge 3.6.17. Photo © Andrew Ingham

Broad-bodied Chaser and Four-spotted Chaser at Jackson's Brickworks 3.6.17. Photo © Richard Gabb

Julie Samuels reports Large Red Damselfly and Azure Damselfly from Lindow Common (88F SJ836812). Over at Marshall's Arm on the Weaver (67L SJ650721) Sheelagh Halsey found Banded Demoiselle, Red-eyed Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly. Further up the river at Winsford (66N SJ655663) I saw a single Four-spotted Chaser.

Female Broad-bodied Chaser at Jackson's Brickworks 3.6.17. Photo © Richard Gabb

© David Kitching 2017

Last updated 11.7.2017