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2012 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.

It would be most convenient if you could re-size any photographs to a horizontal resolution of 640 pixels, to match the others on this page.

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.

To see the news for 2011 click here and for 2010, click here.

Date Species Site and details Observer
29 September
Migrant Hawker (4+), late Brown Hawker (1), Common Darters.
Shellingford Pit
Stephen Burch
29 September
Migrant Hawker (5+), numerous Ruddy and Common Darters.
Otmoor
Stephen Burch
22 September
Common Blue Damsel (1), Southern Hawker (1), Migrant Hawker (2+), Common Darter - many tandem pairs ovipositing.
Shellingford Pit
Stephen Burch
22 September
The terneral (immature) RED VEINED DARTER was re-located today.
Radley Gravel Pits Jason Gosling via Oxon Bird Log
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker (c) Stephen Burch
15 September
Common Blue Damsel, Blue tailed Damsel, Emerald Damselflies (3+), inc one mating pair, Migrant Hawker 10+, Common Darter (but no RVDs that I could find!).
Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
Red-veined Darter
Record shot of the Red veined Darter at Radley GP (c) Wayne Bull
13 September
RED VEINED DARTER (terneral) - 4th County record! Common blue damsels, Red eyed damsels, 4+ Southern Hawker, 1 Brown hawker, 10+ Migrant Hawker, Common and Ruddy Darters.
Radley Gravel Pits
Wayne Bull
9 September Migrant Hawker (1), Southern Hawkers (2), and  Common Darter (c. 12)
Dry Sandford Pit
David Hastings
9 September
Common Blue Damselfly (2), Migrant Hawker (6), Brown Hawkers (2), Southern Hawkers (2) and around 20 Common Darters
Farmoor/Pinkhill
David Hastings
9 September
1 Banded Demoiselle male (late record), 10+ Common Blue Damsel, 2 Blue-tailed Damsel, 3 Emerald Damselflies (first site record, I believe), 10+ Common Darter, 10+ Ruddy Darter, 10+  Migrant - mating pairs,
3 Brown Hawker - 1 ovipos.
Shellingford Pit Ian Waller
8 September
2 Migrant Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker, 5 Common Darter Hartslock
Ian Waller
8 September
10+ Common Blue Damselfly, 2 Blue-tail - mating,
25 Migrant Hawker - at least 4 in wheel, 3 Brown Hawker, 25+ Common Darter, 5 + Ruddy Darter.
Shellingford Pit Ian Waller
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker (c) David Hastings
8 September
Emerald Damselfly (2), Common Blue Damselfly (2),  Southern Hawkers (10+), Migrant Hawkers (10+), Brown Hawker(1),  and large numbers of Ruddy and Common Darters.
Otmoor David Hastings
w/b 3 September
Migrant Hawker (2), Common Darter (1)
Milton Park - in the fine weather
Stephen Burch
19 August
Emerald Damselfly (16), Common Blue Damselfly (1), Brown Hawker (6), Southern Hawker (5) and Ruddy Darter (25+)
Otmoor
David Hastings
18 August
Many Common Blue Damselflies, Red-eyed Damselflies a and a few Blue-tailed Damselflies on Thrupp Lake and Bullfield Lake. There were  11 Brown Hawkers, 6 Southern Hawkers and 13 Common Darters.
Radley Lakes
David Hastings
12 August
At least 4-5 Keeled Skimmers (all males) 1 Hawker possibly Migrant? unfortunately it never settled.
2+ Brown Hawkers
Parsonage Moor Badger
Black tailed Skimmer
Black-tailed Skimmer (c) Stephen Burch
11 August
Small red eyed Damselfly (3m & 1f, inc one pair in cop.), Red eyed Damsel, Common Blue Damsel (many), Blue-tailed Damsel, Emperor (2m, 2f ovipositing), Brown Hawker (1m, 1f ovipositing), Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter
Shellingford Pit
Stephen Burch
11 August
Common Blue Damsel, Keeled Skimmer (1m), Common Darter (many)
Dry Sandford Pit
Stephen Burch

Over mature female Keeled Skimmer (c) Badger

Broad bodied Chaser
Broad bodied Chaser (c) Ewan Urquhart
10-11 August
Keeled Skimmer (1m & 1f), Broad-bodied Chaser, Brown Hawker
Parsonage Moor
Badger
10-11 August
1 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawkers and an Emperor.
Radley Lakes
Badger
10 August 16+ Common Darters, 4 Southern Hawkers, 6 Brown Hawkers and 8+ Migrant Hawkers
Whitecross Green Wood
David Hastings
10 August
2 Emerald Damselflies, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Southern Hawkers, 5 Brown Hawkers and huge numbers of Common/Ruddy Darters.
Otmoor
David Hastings
8 August
Lots of Common Blue and Red-eyed Damselfly, also Blue-tailed Damselfly (5), Brown Hawker (4), Southern Hawker (1) and Common Darter (10)
Radley Lakes
David Hastings

Keeled Skimmer (c) David Hastings
6 August Blue-tailed Damselfly (1), Common Darter (6), Ruddy Darter (1), Emperor (1), Keeled Skimmer (1).
Parsonage Moor
David Hastings
6 August Common Darter (11), Keeled Skimmer (5), Small Red Damselfly (5), Brown Hawker (1).
Cothill Fen
David Hastings
6 August
Common Blue Damselfly (2), Common Darter (1), Keeled Skimmer (4), Brown Hawker (1).
Dry Sandford Pit
David Hastings

Ruddy Darter obelisking (c) David Hastings
3 August
11 Blue-tailed Damselflies (including two pairs in cop), five Common Blue Damselflies, five  Emerald Damselflies, 13 Brown Hawkers, dozens of Darters (mostly Ruddy), six immature Migrant Hawkers and a Black-tailed Skimmer.
Otmoor
David Hastings
Emperor
Emperor (c) Stephen Burch
28 July
Common Blue Damselfly (many), Blue-tailed Damselfly, Emperor (1-2), Common Darters.
Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch

Keeled Skimmer (c) Stephen Burch
28 July
2-3 Small red Damselflies, Common Blue Damselflies, c. 10 Keeled Skimmer, Common Darter.
Cothill Fen
Stephen Burch
26 July
3 Brown Hawkers.
Bernwood Forest
David Hastings

Mature male Emerald Damselfly David Hastings
26 July
One Black-tailed Skimmer, at least ten Emerald Damselflies (including two pairs in tandem), twenty or more Ruddy Darters and eight Brown Hawkers.
Otmoor
David Hastings

Southern Hawker (c) 'Badger'
21 July
Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker.
Bernwood Forest 'Badger' per Oxon Bird Log
21 July
One Red-eyed Damsel, several Blue-tailed Damsels, numerous Common Blue Damsels. Four-spotted Chasers, Black-tailed Skimmers, Emperor (3+), Brown Hawker (2+)
Shellingford Pit
Stephen Burch
17 July
Dozens of Common Blue Damsels in Burgess Field, 1m Black-tailed Skimmer by the floods.
Port Meadow Adam Hartley
17 July
Several Common Blue & Blue-tailed Damsels, 1m Emperor, 2 Southern Hawker Trap Grounds Adam Hartley
15 July
Beautiful Demoiselle (1), Common Blue Damselfly (1), teneral Ruddy Darters (6+), Brown Hawker (2) and a female Broad-bodied Chaser.
Whitecross Green Wood
David Hastings
15 July
Brown Hawker, Emperor (2)
Bernwood Forest
Stephen Burch
14 July
Small Red-eyed Damselfly (1)
Didcot
Roger Wyatt
Brown Hawker

Emerald Damselfly
Brown Hawker and Emerald Damselfly Adam Hartley
12 July
Several Brown Hawkers, many Common and Ruddy Darters, Four Spotted Chaser and one or two Black-tailed Skimmers. Also Emerald Damselfly.
Otmoor
Adam Hartley
(from his blog).


Four Spotted Chaser Stephen Burch

30 June
Emperor (2), Four Spotted Chaser (2), Black-tailed Skimmer (c. 10), terneral Common Darters and many Common Blue Damsels.
Shellingford Pit
Stephen Burch


Female Common Blue Damselfly Adam Hartley

28th June 1m Emperor Dragonfly, ~6 Common Blue Damselflies Trap Grounds Adam Hartley
28th June 1m Black-tailed Skimmer, 12+ Common Blue Damselflies
 Port Meadow Adam Hartley
female BeautifulDemoiselle
Female Beautiful Demoiselle Adam Hartley
25 June
1f Beautiful Demoiselle, 6+ Large Red Damselflies, 6+ Azure Damselflies
Bernwood Forest Adam Hartley
Beautiful Demoiselle
Male Beautiful Demoiselle David Hastings
24 June
4 Beautiful Demoiselles Bernwood Forest
David Hastings
24 June
About 10 teneral Emerald Damselflies and 3 teneral Ruddy Darters.
Otmoor
David Hastings
23 or 24 June
Beautiful Demoiselle (probably the first record for this site).
Otmoor (Roman Road)
Paul Greenaway


Terneral Keeled Skimmer Wayne Bull

20 June 4 Southern Damselflies, 10 Azure Damsels, 5 Large Red Damsels, 10+ Small Red damselflies, 1 Blue tailed damsel, 12+ Keeled Skimmer, 1 Broad bodied Chaser, 3 Four spotted Chaser. Cothill/Parsonage Moor Wayne Bull
20 June 8+ Southern Damselflies, 1 Blue tailed Damsel, 1 Large red Damsel Dry Sandford Pit Wayne Bull
18 June A few Blue tailed and Azure damsels, 20+ Red eyed Damsels, 100's of Common blue Damsels, 1 Emerald Damselfly (First record for Radley?). 1 Broad bodied Chaser, 1 Four spotted Chaser and 2 Common Darter! Numbers are so low this year! Radley Gravel Pits Wayne Bull
18 June 1m Emperor Dragonfly, 10+ Common Blue Damselflies Trap Grounds Adam Hartley


Emerald Damselfly David Hastings

17 June Common Blue Damselflies, two Blue-tailed Damselflies, about ten Red-eyed Damselflies, two Large Red Damselflies, two teneral Emerald Damselflies,  forty+ Four-spotted Chasers (some pairs were in mating wheels and some females were ovipositing), one teneral Black-tailed Skimmer and two Hairy Dragonflies. Otmoor David Hastings
 16 June Several male Common Blue Damselflies and one Red-eyed Damselfly  Farmoor Reservoir  David Hastings


Large Red Damselfly Adam Hartley

14 June Mating pair of Large Red Damselflies Jericho area of Oxford Adam Hartley
14 June 1f Black-tailed Skimmer, dozens of Common Blue Damselflies, 3 Blue-tailed Damselflies Whitecross Green Wood Adam Hartley


Four spotted Chaser Wayne Bull

10 June 1 Large Red Damsel, 1 Azure Damsel, 5 Common Blue Damsels, 6 Blue tailed Damsels. Also 2 Broad bodied Chaser and 10+ Four spotted Chasers inc 1 "Praenubila" Whitecross Green Wood BBOWT reserve Wayne Bull


Downy Emerald at Thrupp Lake Wayne Bull

28 May 1 Banded Demoiselle, hundreds of teneral and adult Common Blue Damsels, lots of teneral and adult Red eyed Damsels, 15+ Four spotted chaser, 2 Teneral Black Tailed Skimmer.
2-3 Hairy Dragonflies in exactly the same area as the last 2 years (Lake M) on south east side flying low amongst the reeds. 1 Downy Emerald seen on the southern end of Thrupp Lake bordering Bullfield Lake.
Radley Lakes Wayne Bull
27 May About 6 Large Red Damselflies Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings


Blue-tailed Damselfly - an immature female of the form "rufescens". David Hastings

27 May Lots of Common Blue and Azure Damselflies, four Blue-tailed Damselflies, two Red-eyed Damselflies and possibly two Downy Emeralds. The Emeralds were over Bullfield Lake Radley Lakes David Hastings
26 May Common Clubtail Aston Upthorpe Downs David Hastings


Downy Emerald at Thrupp Lake Martin Green

27 May Common Blue and Azure Damselflies. At least two Downy Emeralds flying over the water near the boardwalk. Thrupp Lake, Radley GP Martin Green


Azure Damselfly on Otmoor Mike Flemming


Hairy Dragonfly Wayne Bull

22 May Large Red Damsels, 3 Blue tailed Damsels, lots of Azure Damsels,
2 Four spotted Chasers and 4 Hairy Dragonflies!
Otmoor Wayne Bull


Terneral Red eyed Damselfly Wayne Bull

17 May Only 10+ Common Blue and 2 Red Eyed Damsels seen! Radley Gravel Pits Wayne Bull
12 May Six teneral Large Red Damselflies and one teneral Common Blue Damselfly Otmoor David Hastings
12 May One male Banded Demoiselle and a Club-Tailed Dragonfly River Thames, just downstream from Shillingford Bridge Geoff Wyatt
6 May Six teneral Large Red Damselflies and one teneral Common Blue Damselfly Farmoor (Pinkhill) David Hastings
April 2012 No records received! Amazing contrast from April 2011 when about 11 species had been recorded by 30 April.    

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