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2013 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 (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.

News for previous years is available:

Date Species Site and details Observer
3 November Around 20 Common Darters (incl one pair in cop), and also a Migrant Hawker. Otmoor David Hastings
Southern Hawker
Southern Hawker (c) David Hastings
12 October One Southern Hawker and about a dozen Common Darters Radley Lakes David Hastings
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker (c) Peter Law
6 October At least seven Migrant Hawkers and over 50 Common Darters. Many pairs of Common Darter in tandem, some ovipoisting, and some in cop.  Otmoor David Hastings
6 October Migrant Hawker, Common Darter (both still numerous in the warm morning sunshine) Otmoor Stephen Burch
5 October Two Migrant Hawkers and six Common Darters Farmoor David Hastings
5 October Migrant Hawker (c. 10), Common Darter (many). Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
Four-spotted Chaser
Four-spotted Chaser (praenubila form) (c) David Hastings
22 September Two very late Four-spotted Chasers, both of the praenubila form. Also four Brown Hawkers (also late), at least ten Migrant Hawkers, one Southern Hawker, and quite a lot of Common and a few Ruddy Darters. Otmoor David Hastings
Emerald Damselfly
Emerald Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
7 September Emerald Damselfly (5), Common Blue Damselfly (1), Migrant Hawker (10+), Common Darter (numerous), probable Ruddy Darter Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker (c) Stephen Burch
31 August c. 10 Migrant Hawkers and numerous Common Darters (50+)  Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker (c) David Hastings
26 August 8 Migrant Hawkers, 5 Brown Hawkers, 2 Southern Hawkers, 50+ Ruddy Darters and 20+ Common Darters. Otmoor David Hastings
24 August 13 Common Blue Damselflies, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 8 Common Darters, 3 Southern Hawkers and 1 Migrant Hawker. Radley Lakes David Hastings
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly (rufescens) (c) Peter Law
18 August 100s of Ruddy Darter and good numbers of Common Darter, Southern Hawker and Brown Hawker all over the reserve. Several Migrant Hawker along the Roman Road. A Four-spotted Chaser along the path to second screen. Several Emerald Damselfly between first screen and next corner, and another male along path to first screen. A few Blue-tailed Damselfly, including a female of the form rufescens near the hide, and a few Common Blue Damselfy. Otmoor Peter Law
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker (c) Peter Law
16 August Large numbers of Hawkers, Southern and Migrant late afternoon. Good numbers of Common Darter,and a few Ruddy Darter. Whitecross Green Wood Peter Law
11 August One Southern Hawker and one Common Darter Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
Ruddy Darter

Ruddy Darter (c) David Hastings

Southern Hawker
Southern Hawker (c) David Hastings
10 August Four Southern Hawkers, one Brown Hawker, at least twenty Migrant Hawkers, one Ruddy Darter and at least twenty Common Darters Whitecross Green Wood David Hastings
10 August Three Common Blue Damselflies, one Emerald Damselfly, one Southern Hawker, two Brown Hawkers, three Ruddy Darters and seven Common Darters Otmoor (car park field) David Hastings
Common Darter
Common Darter (c) Stephen Burch
10 August 1 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies. Emperor (1-2), Black-tailed Skimmer (1), Common Darter (many) Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
Small Red-eyed Damselfly
Red-eyed and Common Blue Damselflies (c) Stephen Burch
3 August 1 Red-eyed Damselfly, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies. Emperor (1), Four spotted Chasers (5+), Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter (many) Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
Ruddy Darter
Ruddy Darter on Otmoor (c) Badger
1 August Brown Hawker (20) Otmoor - bridleway between Noke Farm and the hide Badger
22 July 2 Emerald Damselflies seen around the edge of Orchard Lake, 100's of Common Blue Damselflies, Azure Damselfly, Blue Tailed Damselfly, Red Eyed Damselfly, 1 Small Red Eyed Damselfly seen on Orchard lake resting on floating water weed.
Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, 5 Emperor Dragonfly including an ovipositing female, Four Spotted Chaser, Black Tailed Skimmer, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter.
Radley Lakes Wayne Bull per his blog
Black-tailed Skimmer
Black-tailed Skimmer (c) Peter Law
19 July Several Black-tailed Skimmer, several Brown Hawker, 1 or 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Banded Demoiselle, lots of Common Blue Damselfly and some Blue-tailed and Azure Damelflies River Thames at Farmoor Peter Law
Banded Demoiselle
Banded Demoiselle (c) Adam Hartley
14 July Dozens of Banded Demoiselles, 4+ Brown Hawkers, 1+ Black-tailed Skimmers, 2+ Red-eyed Damsels, 2+ Azure Damsels. River Thames at Cholsey Adam Hartley
Small Red Damselfly
Small Red Damselfly (c) Peter Law
14 July A few Small Red Damselfly. Also 1 Large Red Damselfly and  1 Common Darter. Cothill Fen Peter Law
Broad bodied Chaser
Broad bodied Chaser (c) Ewan Urquhart
12 July Emperor Dragonfly 3, Brown Hawker 6, Broad bodied Chaser 1. Bernwood Forest Ewan Urquhart
Common Darter
Common Darter (c) Peter Law
9 July About 8 or 9 Brown Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly at crossroads, and several Common Darter. Whitecross Green Wood Peter Law
Keeled Skimmer
Keeled Skimmer (c) Peter Law
8 July Several Keeled Skimmer at Parsonage Moor this afternoon and one at Dry Sandford Pit. Also a few Large Red Damselfly Parsonage Moor and at Dry Sandford Pit. Peter Law
5 - 7 July Female Hairy Dragonfly,  Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed  Skimmer Farmoo/Pinkhill Dai John per his blog
Small Red Damselfly
Small Red Damselfly (c) Adam Hartley
7 July Dry Sandford: 2+ Keeled Skimmers, several Southern Damselflies, 1 Common Blue Damselfly.
Parsonage Moor: 4+ Broad-bodied Chasers, 8+ Keeled Skimmer, 2 Large Red Damselflies, 1 Southern Damselfly
Cothill Fen: 6+ Small Red Damselfly, 2 Keeled Skimmer
Dry Sandford, Parsonage Moor & Cothill Adam Hartley, per Oxon Wildlife Blog
Club-tailed Dragonfly
Club-tailed Dragonfly (c) Martin Green & Martin Wackenier
7 July A very late female Club-tailed Dragonfly River Thames at Abingdon (near the weir) Martin Green
7 July About 10 Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselfly, 2-3  Black-tailed Skimmer. Also calling Turtle Dove! River Thames around Radcot Lock Stephen Burch
6 July 3 Brown Hawker, 3 Beautiful Demoiselle - all  females Waterperry Nature (Forestry Commission) Reserve Ewan Urquhart
Emerald Damselfly
Emerald Damselfly (c) Peter Law
4 July One Emerald Damselfly, 2 Brown Hawker (Big Otmoor end), 2 male Black-tailed Skimmer (Greenaways section), lots of Four-spotted Chaser, growing numbers of Common Darter (especially at eastern end), zillions of Azure and Common Blue damsels and good numbers of Blue-tailed. Otmoor, mostly Roman Road Peter Law
1 July 10+ Small Red Damselflies, Common Blue Damsels, Large Red Damsels. 1 Four Spotted Chaser, a teneral Common Darter and about 4 Keeled Skimmers. Cothill Fen/Parsonage Moor Wayne Bull per his blog
1 July Southern Damselfly, A few Large Red Damselflies and a single Blue Tailed Damselfly Dry Sandford Pit Wayne Bull per his blog
30 June 2 Broad bodied Chasers, 1 Emperor Dragonfly Bernwood Forest Ewan Urquhart
30 June 1 Brown Hawker, 3 Hairy Dragonflies, 2 Broad Bodied Chaser, 6 Four-Spotted Chasers, 1 prob Downy Emerald. Also many newly emerged Common Darters. Otmoor, Roman Road Badger
30 June 1 Hairy Dragonfly, Four Spotted Chaser, Broad Bodied Chaser. Common Blue Damsels, Blue Tailed Damsel, Large Red Damsel. Whitecross Green Wood Wayne Bull per his blog
Broad-bodied Chaser
Broad-bodied Chaser (c) Stephen Burch
30 June Common Blue, Blue tailed and Red eyed Damselflies. Emperor, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser. Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
Black-tailed Skimmer
Black-tailed Skimmer (c) Ewan Urquhart
26 June Black-tailed Skimmer (1) Otmoor Ewan Urquhart
26 June  Beautiful Demoiselle (1m) Waterperry Nature Reserve Ewan Urquhart
Ruddy Darter
Ruddy Darter (c) Ewan Urquhart
25 June Red eyed Damselfly 12+, Brown Hawker 1, Ruddy Darter 1, Four Spot Chaser 1 female, Countless Common Blue and Blue tailed Damselflies Radley GP Ewan Urquhart
25 June 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 2 Four-spotted Chaser. Otmoor - Roman Road Peter Law
Southern Damselfly
Southern Damselfly (c) Peter Law
25 June Southern Damselfly: mating pair and another male, Several Large Red Damselfly Dry Sandford Pit Peter Law
24 June Banded Demoiselle, Blue Tailed Damsels inc.both Rufuscens and violicea forms of females, Common Blue Damsels, Azure Damsels, Red eyed Damsels. Black Tailed Skimmer and Teneral Common Darters. Radley Gravel Pits Wayne Bull per his blog
24 June 40 Four Spotted Chasers. 100+ Azure Damselfly along the Bridleway and on Roman Road also numerous Blue tailed Damselfly. Hairy Dragonfly 1 Roman Road Otmoor - Ashgrave and Roman Road Ewan Urquhart
Variable Damselfly
Variable Damselfly (c) Roger Wyatt
23 June Variable Damselfly (4)
Yarnton Roger Wyatt per Oxon Wildlife Blog
Red-eyed Damselfly
Red-eyed Damselfly (c) David Hastings
Four-spotted Chaser
Four-spotted Chaser (c) David Hastings
22 June 200 Azure Damselflies, 10+ Red-eyed Damselflies, 6 Large Red Damselflies, 16+ Blue-tailed Damselflies, 27+ Four-spotted Chasers and one Hairy Dragonfly. Otmoor David Hastings
19 June  Beautiful Demoiselle (1m) Kingham Ewan Urquhart
Broad-bodied Chaser
Broad bodied Chaser (c) Peter Law
14 June Hairy Dragonfly (2), Four-spotted Chaser (8), Broad-bodied Chaser (2), large numbers of blue damselflies including a few Blue-tailed. As hard as I looked, I couldn't find a Downy Emerald. Roman Road and Eastern end of the Bridleway, Otmoor Peter Law
9 June Downy Emerald (1), Broad-bodied Chaser (3 f), Four-spotted Chaser (2), Hairy Dragonfly (3) Roman Road, Otmoor Peter Barker per the Oxon Bird Log
8 June Beautiful Demoiselle (female) By A417 near Stutfield Brook (close to Goosey) Barry Hudson
Probable blue form Azure Damselfly (female) (c) Mike Flemming
8 June We have now concluded that the possible Variable Damselfly reported by Mike was probably in fact only a blue phase female Azure, as it lacks a bar between the eyes.  Also Banded Demoiselle and Hairy Dragonfly Roman Road, Otmoor Mike Flemming
Southern Damselfly
Southern Damselfly (c) David Hastings
8th June At least 18 Large Red Damselflies (inc three pairs in tandem), two Southern Damselflies and an Azure Damselfly. Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
Azure Damselfly
Azure Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
8 June 100's of Azure Damselflies, Hairy Dragonfly (3), Four spotted Chaser (2), Broad-bellied Chaser (2) Roman Road, Otmoor Stephen Burch
Banded Demoiselle
Banded Demoiselle (c) Peter Law
6 June Downy Emerald (1) Roman Road, Otmoor Pete Roby, per the Oxon Bird Log
6 June 6 male and 1 female Banded Demoiselle, and 1 Large Red Damselfly. River Thames towing path between Pangbourne and Beale Park Peter Law
Hairy Dragonfly
Hairy Dragonfly (c) Peter Law
3 June (3-6pm) Hairy Dragonfly: 3 max 4 including mating pair; Four-spotted Chaser: 2 max 3 and more along bridleway; Broad-bodied Chaser Otmoor, Roman Road Peter Law
Club-tailed Dragonfly

Club-tailed Dragonfly
Club-tailed Dragonfly (c) Peter Law
2 June Club-tailed Dragonfly River Thames towing path between Pangbourne and Beale Park Peter Law
Hairy Dragonfly
Hairy Dragonfly (c) Mike Flemming

Club-tailed dragonfly
Club-tailed dragonfly (c) Mike Flemming
1 June Many Four spotted Chasers, Broad-bodied Chaser, Hairy Dragonfly and, a CLUB TAILED DRAGONFLY (possible first site record) at the North end, near the 'forbidding' gate. Otmoor, Roman Road Mike Flemming
Broad bodied Chaser
Broad bodied Chaser (c) Badger
31 May One immature Broad Bodied Chaser Bernwood Forest Badger
Hairy Dragonfly
Hairy Dragonfly (c) Ewan Urquhart

Four Spotted Chaser
Four Spotted Chaser (c) Ewan Urquhart
27 May At least 4 Four Spotted Chasers, a Hairy Dragonfly and 2 Broad Bodied Chasers. Otmoor Ewan Urquhart
27 May Female Hairy Dragonfly Otmoor Badger
27 May At least 5 Four-spotted Chasers on Otmoor today with a Hairy Dragonfly along the Roman Road Otmoor Badger
Azure Damselfly
Azure Damselfly (c) David Hastings
25 May 6 teneral Red-eyed Damselflies, several teneral and 2 mature Azure Damselflies, four Large Red Damselflies and an immature male Hairy Dragonfly. Otmoor (mostly Roman Road) David Hastings
19 May Hairy Dragonflies and two species of Damselflies Otmoor Peter Barker, per OxonBirds
Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
18 May Large Red Damselfly (1) Pinkhill Stephen Burch
16 May Hairy Dragonfly (1) - new site record? Large Red Damselfly (15) and Azure Damselfly (2) Pinkhill Brian Walker, per BerksDragonflyGroup
Azure Damselfly
Probable teneral Azure Damselfly (c) David Hastings
Large Red Damselfly
Teneral Large Red Damselfly (c) David Hastings
6 May One teneral Large Red Damselfly and one teneral Azure Damselfly Otmoor - Roman Road David Hastings
6 May c. 6 teneral Large Red Damselflies Pinkhill David Hastings
Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly (c) Jonathan Crouch
4 May
Large Red Damselfly (3). Otmoor - Roman Road
Jonathan Crouch

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