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2010 Dragonfly and Damselfly Records for Oxfordshire


This page gives recent items of news about dragonflies and damselflies in Oxfordshire, with the aim of increasing interest and awareness in these charismatic insects in the County.

All entries will be acknowledged. Please send any interesting sightings to me at stephen_burchemail at yahoo.co.uk (change "at" for "@"), and I will endeavour to enter below as soon as possible. Minimum required details are species, site and observer. If the species is localised, scarce or rare in Oxforshire, if possible please provide some details to confirm the identification (such as a photo, previous experience of the species etc).

For those with websites, I will add a link if requested. If you'd like to send a photo to illustrate your sighting on this page, I'd be happy to add it below.

See also my site guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of Oxfordshire, and also an illustrated list of all the dragonflies and damselflies recorded in Oxfordshire, with comments on abundance and distribution.

Date Species Site and details Observer
19 Nov Common Darter (1). Is this the latest dragonfly record ever in Oxfordshire? Milton Park Stephen Burch
16 Oct 5+ Common Darters, seen while on the Yellowlegs quest Port Meadow Stephen Burch
10 Oct One Migrant Hawker and 30+ Common Darters Otmoor David Hastings
18 Sept One Southern Hawker Parsonage Moor David Hastings
18 Sept One Common Darter and one Southern Hawker Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
18 Sept Migrant Hawker 5+, Black-tailed Skimmer still, Common Darter and Common Blue Damsel Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
18 Sept 1 Brown Hawker and loads of Common Darter Otmoor Stephen Burch
10 Sept 1 Brown Hawker Milton Park Stephen Burch
7 Sept 1 Common Darter Milton Park Stephen Burch
5 Sept Migrant Hawker Radley Lakes Mike Flemming
28 August 1 Ruddy Darter, 1 Common Darter and 1 (late) Southern Damselfly Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
21 August Common Darter (many), Black-tailed Skimmer still, and possible S R E Damelfly. Again no hawkers Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
21 August Brown Hawker - just 1 in poor conditions Shrike Meadow, Farmoor Stephen Burch
15 August Lots of Common and Ruddy Darters (many in cop), four Brown Hawkers, two Southern Hawkers, six Emerald Damselflies and a single female Azure Damselfly Otmoor David Hastings
15 August 4 Brown Hawkers. Between Radcot and Rushey Locks on River Thames Stephen Burch
7 August Numerous Small Red Eyed Damselflies (10+), also Red-eyed Damselfly, Common blue Damselfly, Common Darter and Black-tailed Skimmer still. No sign of any hawkers. Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
7 August 1-2 Brown Hawkers and probable Migrant Hawker River Thames at Farmoor Stephen Burch
5 August At least 3 male Small red Eyed Damselflies in the north west corner of Bullfield lake with quite a few Red Eyed Damsels for comparison! Also Common blue Damsel, Blue tailed Damsel, Common Darter and Ruddy Darter. Radley Lakes Wayne Bull
29 July 1 male Small Red Eyed Damselfly resting on ivy leaved duckweed on the strip of water at southern end of Thrupp Lake, also Red eyed Damselfly, Common blue Damselfly, Blue tailed Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Black tailed Skimmer and Ruddy Darter. Radley Lakes Wayne Bull
26 July Common Darter, Ruddy Darter, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker and Migrant Hawker. Whitecross Green Wood David Hastings
26 July Brown Hawker, Common Darter and Ruddy Darter. Otmoor David Hastings
19 July One Keeled Skimmer and two Southern Hawkers Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
12 July Southern Hawker 1 Milton Park Stephen Burch

Southern Damselfly
Wayne Bull
12 July Common blue Damselfly, 6+ Small Red Damselfly, 1 male Southern Damselfly, 4 male Keeled Skimmer, 2 Emperor Dragonfly and 1 Teneral Common Darter. Cothill Fen/Parsonage Moor Wayne Bull
12 July 6+ Southern Damselflies. Also had my first Southern Hawker of the year! Dry Sandford Pit Wayne Bull


Small Red Damselfly David Hastings

11 July One Emperor, one Southern Hawker, several Brown Hawkers and lots of Common Darters. Bernwood Forest David Hastings
10 July Small Red Damselfly (a few males; one pair in cop). Emperor (2), Brown Hawker (3), at least five male Keeled Skimmers, four or five females, one pair in copulation, one female ovipositing, and Azure Damselfly (10) Cothill Fen David Hastings
9 July 1 Brown Hawker and 1 Black Tailed Skimmer. Milton Park Stephen Burch


Ruddy Darter Wayne Bull

8 July 3 male SMALL RED EYED DAMSELFLIES today sitting on water weed on a strip of water between the northern end of Bullfield Lake and the southern end of Thrupp Lake. Another first for the site!
Red eyed Damsels were also in the same area. Also Common blue Damsel, Azure Damsel, Blue tailed Damsel, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Four spotted Chaser, Black tailed Skimmer,Common Darter and Ruddy Darter.
Radley Lakes Wayne Bull
6 July 1 Club-tailed Dragonfly River Thames at Iffley Wayne Bull


Common Emerald Damselfly David Hastings

4 July Many Common Darters and a few Ruddy Darters. Quite a few Azure Damselflies, some Blue-tailed Damselflies, a couple of Common Emerald Damselflies and a couple of Brown Hawkers. Otmoor David Hastings


Ruddy Darter David Hastings

4 July Hundreds of teneral Common Darters. Also four Emperors, three Brown Hawkers and a Common Blue Damselfly. Whitecross Green Wood David Hastings
3 July 5+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly. Also 1 Four-spotted Chaser, several Black-tailed Skimmers and many Common blue Damselflies. Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
28 June 1 Downy Emerald still on the western end of Bullfield Lake, also Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damsel, Blue tailed Damsel, Red Eyed Damsel, 5 Brown Hawker, 8+ Emperor Dragonfly inc 3 ovipositing females, Four Spotted Chasers, Black tailed Skimmers and Common Darters.
Radley Lakes Wayne Bull
25 June One Brown Hawker and several Blue-Tailed Damselflies Otmoor Rien De Keyser


Small-red Dameselflies
Wayne Bull

24 June 3 male Variable Damsels at Cothill, also Common Blue Damsels, Large Red Damsels, 1 male Small Red Damsel, Keeled Skimmers and Four Spotted Chasers there.
At Parsonage Moor Ihad,1 male Southern Damsel, 10+ Small Red Damsel (they seem to have moved more over to the Parsonage side), Large Red Damsels, Brown Hawker, Four Spotted Chasers, Keeled Skimmer.
Cothill Fen/Parsonage Moor Wayne Bull
22 June Downy Emerald (1 male) Malt Pit field GR SP58874 14214, Otmoor RSPB David Wilding
22 June Azure (many), Blue-tailed (10), Common Blue (5) and Red-eyed (5) Damselflies, at least three Emperors, several Four-spotted Chasers and a couple of Black-tailed Skimmers Bullfield Lake at Radley. David Hastings
21 June Small numbers of Azure, Large Red and Southern Damselflies Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
21 June 2 male Downy Emeralds still on Bullfield lake. One was patrolling the middle and eastern end of the lake and the other was seen on the western end. The male Hairy Dragonfly was also still present, patrolling the reedy area at the south end of the scrape which is on the western side of the pits. 5 Emperor including 2 ovipositing females, 1 Brown Hawker,1 Club-tailed Dragonfly, Four spotted chasers including a very nice "praenubila", Black tailed skimmers and the usual damsels including 1000's of Common Blue Damsels over the lakes Radley Lakes Wayne Bull
21 June Four spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer and many blue damselflies Dorchester Lakes Tom Stevenson

White-legged Dameselfly Tom Stevenson

20 June Azure Damselflies (100+), as well as some Common Blue Damselflies (20) and Banded Demosoiselles (25) Chimney Meadow David Hastings
18 June White-legged Damselfly and a few Banded Demoiselles. Milbrook Mead nature Reserve in Benson Tom Stevenson
17 June 2 DOWNY EMERALD chasing each other at the eastern end of Bullfield Lake(next to Thrupp Lake). Also a male HAIRY DRAGONFLY over the scrape area on the western side of the pits. Both probably firsts for the site.

Also Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly,Common Blue Damselfly, Blue tailed Damselfly inc a few"rufescens", Red eyed Damselfly, 2 Brown Hawker,4 Emperor Dragonfly,1 Club-tailed Dragonfly, Four spotted chasers, Black tailed Skimmers,and 1 Teneral Common Darter.

Radley Lakes Wayne Bull


Black-tailed Skimmer
John Lloyd

13 June Broad bodied Chasers - males and females mating, possible Club-tailed Dragonfly ( egg laying and mating ) and Damselflies. Wroxton Abbey main lake ( Nr Banbury ) John Lloyd
13 June Several immature male Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) feeding in trees alongside main ride Waterperry Wood Mike Flemming
13 June Azure Damselfly - 100+, Blue-tailed Damselfly - 20+, Large Red Damselfly - 1, Banded Demoiselle - 1, Four-spotted Chaser - 7 or 8 (1 of the form praenubila), Common Darter - 2, Brown Hawker - 3. Otmoor David Hastings
12 June Several male Black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) and one female Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Whitecross Green Wood Mike Flemming
12 June Two male Keeled Skimmers, one female Broad-bodied Chaser, half a dozen Large Red Damselflies and one male Banded Demoiselle. Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
12 June 50 Common Blue Damselflies. Farmoor David Hastings
6 June Many Common Blue and Azure damselflies. A few Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies, and Banded Demoiselles. One Four-spotted Chaser. Pinkhill David Hastings
5 June Active Banded Demoiselles. River Thame at Shabbington Lyn Ebbs
5 June 1 Beautiful Demoiselle and one Black-Tailed Skimmer Stanton St John Lyn Ebbs
5 June 1 male Southern Damselfly (confirmed from photo), and possibly a female. Also 3 male Large Red Damselflies. Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
3 June Several Common Blue and Large Red Damsels and a few Blue Tailed Damsels and Four Spotted Chasers at Cothill. 1 male Variable Damselfly and female Keeled Skimmer at Parsonage Moor. Cothill/Parsonage Moor NNR Wayne Bull
3 June Several Southern Damsels on the wing also lots of Large Red Damsel, a few Azures, Four Spotted Chaser and Broad Bodied Chaser. Dry Sandford Pit Wayne Bull
30 May 1 Blue-tailed, 1 Common and 2 Large Red Damselflies Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
27 May Broad-bodied Chaser (1) Standlake Common pit 60 around small pool at left side of small hide Tony Edwards
23 May 5 newly-emerged Club-tailed Dragonflies and some Banded Demoiselles. River Thames at Goring (railway bridge). David Hastings
23 May Downy Emerald (1), Hairy Dragonfly (a few) Otmoor Wayne Bull
22 May Red-eyed Damselfly (1) Witney Lake (north shore) Tony Edwards
21 May One Hairy Hawker (along the track from the car park to the bridle way), several Four-spotted Chasers, numerous Azure and Common Blue Damselflies, some Large Red Damselflies and one teneral Blue-tailed Damselfly Otmoor David Hastings
15 May Club tailed Dragonfly. Two emerging and 10 exuviae cases on the concrete Railway bridge south of Goring. Neil Lambert
15 May Large Red Damselfly (about 6 terneral) Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
15 May Downy Emerald (1), Four-spotted Chaser and terneral damselflies Otmoor RSPB. The Downy Emerald was on the main track just past the new hide, as was the Chaser. Stephen Burch
28 April Large Red Damselfly (very probable) River Thames at Farmoor Tony Edwards
28 April Hairy Dragonfly Otmoor - bridleway David Hastings

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