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2016 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.

The recording method preferred by the British Dragonfly Society is now the iRecord on-line recording system. To use this you will need to create an account, but this has the advantage that records submitted via iRecord go directly into the correct database.

As I am the BDS recorder for Vice County 23 (old Oxfordshire, prior to the 1974 county boundary changes), I will automatically be asked to verify any VC23 records entered into iRecord.

However if your iRecord entries relate to those parts of current Oxfordshire that used to be Berkshire (generally areas to the south of the Thames) I will not hear about them, as the Berkshire recorder (for VC22) will be notified of them, not me. As this page is intended to cover the whole of current Oxfordshire, please let me know if you submit any records for VC22 to iRecord.

News for previous years is available:

Date Species Site and details Observer
13 November 1 Common Darter Otmoor David Hastings
11 November 3 Common Darter Lollingdon (at SU571853 & nearby), nr Cholsey Paul Chandler, per his blog
2 November 1 Common Darter Otmoor Rory Morrisey, per iRecord
23 October 1 Migrant Hawker and 6 Common Darters Otmoor David Hastings

Common Darter (c) David Hastings
2 October 2 Migrant Hawkers and 6 Common Darters Farmoor David Hastings
24 September Still large numbers of Common Darters (c. 100) and 5+ Migrant Hawkers Otmoor Stephen Burch
18 September 75+ Common Darters, 1 Ruddy Darter today, 5+ Migrant Hawkers and 1 Southern Hawker Otmoor David Hastings

Migrant Hawker (c) Adam Hartley
14 September 6 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Brown Hawker and 1 Ruddy Darter Castle Mill Stream at Port Meadow Adam Hartley

Southern Hawker (c) David Hastings
11 September 1 Southern Hawker Abingdon David Hastings
11 September At least 50 Common Darters, a few Ruddy Darters, 1 Southern Hawker and 5 Migrant Hawkers Otmoor David Hastings

Common Darter (c) Barry Hudson
8 September Common Darter Baulking Fullers Earth Pit Barry Hudson
4 September 1 Migrant Hawker, 3 Southern Hawker, 5 Common Darter Pinkhill, Farmoor Reservoir David Hastings
29 August 2 Southern Hawker and 1 Ruddy Darter Wolvercote Lakes Matthew  Lloyd, per iRecord
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker (c) Stephen Burch
29 August 5+ Small Red-eyed Damsels, 10+ Migrant Hawker inc 1 pair in cop & 1 female, 5+ Common Darters Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
29 August 100+ Common Blue Damsels, c. 20 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 20+ Common Darter  Baulking Pit Stephen Burch
28 August 1 Migrant Hawker Radcot Lock Stephen Burch
24 August Brown Hawker - "unusual numbers" River Thames at Farmoor Ewan Urquhart per his blog
23 August 1 Four-spotted Chaser of the form praenubia Roman Road, Otmoor Mike Flemming per the Oxon Wildlife Blog
21 August 2 Migrant Hawkers in cop Castle Mill Stream, Port Meadow Adam Hartley per the Oxon Wildlife Blog
13 August c. 30 Common Blue Damsels, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Common Darter Pit 60 - Langley Lane Stephen Burch
13 August 1 Southern Hawker Kingham Ewan Urquhart
12 August 1 Migrant Hawker Otmoor Roger Wyatt per the Oxon Wildlife Blog

Southern Hawker (c) Ewan Urquhart
12 August 1 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker2 and innumerable Common and Ruddy Darters   Otmoor - Roman Road Ewan Urquhart
7 August 1 Common Blue Damselfly, dozens of Common Darters along the Roman Road, smaller numbers of Ruddy Darters, 1 Migrant Hawker, 3 Brown Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker. Otmoor David Hastings

Keeled Skimmer (c) David Hastings
7 August 1 Small Red Damselfly, 10+m & 1f Keeled Skimmer, 4 Common Darters, 2 Migrant  Hawkers (immature), 2 Brown Hawkers. Cothill Fen David Hastings

Small red-eyed Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
6 August 3+ Small red-eyed Damselflies, 2 Emperor, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch

Emperor ovipositing (c) Stephen Burch
6 August 1 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Blue-tailed Damsel, 100+ Common Blue Damsel, 10+ Red-eyed Damsels; 2m+2f Emperor, 1 Brown Hawker, 5+ Common Darter Tar Lakes, nr Witney Stephen Burch
6 August 5+ Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker (probable), Common & Ruddy Darters Otmoor Stephen Burch
27 July 1 Brown Hawker Milton Park Stephen Burch

Ruddy Darter (c) David Hastings
23 July 2 Azure Damselfl, 8 Brown Hawker, 20+ Common Darter, 30+ Ruddy Darter (quite a few pairs in cop) Otmoor David Hastings

Common Darter (c) Ewan Urquhart
23 July 3 Brown Hawker, 10 Common Darter, 2 Blue tailed Damselfly Otmoor Ewan Urquhart
23 July 3 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, 6 Common Darter Bernwood Forest Ewan Urquhart
22 July  2 Southern Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Common Darter Bernwood Forest Ewan Urquhart
22 July Recent records have included male Emperor, a Four-spotted Chaser, 2 Brown Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Common Darter, 1 Ruddy Darter, and plenty of Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies. Trap Grounds, Port Meadow, Oxford Adam Hartley, per his blog

Emerald Damselfly (c) Wayne Bull
21 July 1 Emerald damselfly, Lots of Common blue damsels, 7 Blue tailed damselflies, 10+ Red eyed damselflies, 1 Southern Hawker, 5 Brown Hawkers, 6 Emperor Dragonflies, 2 Four spotted Chaser, 5 Black tailed Skimmer, Common and Ruddy darters Radley Lakes Wayne Bull
21 July 3 Banded Demoiselle River Evenlode at Kingham Ewan Urquhart
17 July 1 Golden Ringed Dragonfly A surprising report of one in a conservatory in Wolvercote, nr Oxford! CEB, per the BDS latest sightings page
Emperor
Emperor (c) Stephen Burch
16 July Common Blue Damselflies, 2m & 1f Emperor, c. 5 Black-tailed Skimmers Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
16 July 2 Large Red Damselflies (in cop), 1 Keeled Skimmer Parsonage Moor BBOWT Stephen Burch
Small Red Damselfly
Small Red Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
16 July c. 10 Small Red Damselfly, 2m & 1f Keeled Skimmer, 1-2 Common/Ruddy Darters (teneral) Cothill Fen NNR Stephen Burch

Broad-bodied Chaser (c) Ewan Urquhart
14 July 2 Brown Hawker, 2 Southern Hawker, 2m Broad bodied Chaser. Bernwood Forest Ewan Urquhart
14 July 1 Beautiful Demoiselle, 2 Brown Hawker Waterperry Wood Ewan Urquhart

Brown Hawker (c) David Hastings

Emperor (c) David Hastings
11 July 1 Southern Hawker, 4 Emperor Dragonflies and 4 Brown Hawkers. Common Darter (many; may have been some Ruddies as well) Whitecross Green Wood David Hastings
11 July 1m Emperor, 2-3 Brown Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker,  1m & 1f/imm Black tailed Skimmer Bernwood Forest Ewan Urquhart

Small Red Damselfly (c) Wayne Bull
6 July 1 Large red damselfly, 10+ Small red damselflies, 1 Common blue damselfly, 2 Blue tailed Damselflies, 1 Southern Damselfly, 8+ Keeled Skimmer Cothill / Parsonage Moor Wayne Bull
6 July 10+ Southern Damselflies, 6+ Keeled Skimmers Dry Sandford Pit Wayne Bull
4 July 1 Banded demoiselle, 5 Emerald damselflies(4 Males, 1 Female) at edge of Orchard lake, lots of Common blue Damsels, 5 Blue tailed damselflies, 2 Brown Hawker, 3 Black tailed Skimmer, 3 teneral Common Darter 10+ Ruddy Darter Radley Lakes Wayne Bull

Southern Damselfly (c) David Hastings
28 June 2  teneral Keeled Skimmers and 1m Southern Damselfly. Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings
26 June 1 Large Red Damsel, 21-100 Azure Damsels, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Four-spoitted Chaser, 6-10 Ruddy Darters Otmoor David Hastings
25 June 1 Emperor Bernwood Forest (SP618110) Stephen Burch
19 June 1 Southern Hawker Childrey Church (SU360877) Stephen Burch
Azure Damselfly
Azure Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
18 June c. 50 Azure Damselflies and 1 immature Ruddy Darter Otmoor Stephen Burch
16 June 1 Beautiful Demoiselle, 2 Blue tailed damselflies, 1 Common blue damsel, 1 Emperor dragonfly, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Four Spotted Chaser Whitecross Green Wood Wayne Bull

Large Red Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
11 June c. 100 Azure Damselflies, 3 Large Red Damselfly. 1 prob. teneral Common Darter. 1 Hairy Dragonfly reported. Otmoor Stephen Burch

Red-eyed Damselfly (c) Martin Green
10 June A  few Banded Demoiselle, 1 Common Blue Damselfly and 1 Red-eyed Damselfly. Also ovipositing Emperor. Abingdon Weir (SU506971) Martin Green
8 June 1 Club-tailed Dragonfly River Thames at Cholsey Roger Wyatt, per the Oxon Wildlife Blog
6 June 1 Hairy Dragonfly & 1 Downy Emerald Otmoor "Stoneshank" per the Oxon Wildlife Blog
6 June Dozens of Azure and Common Blue Damsels, 7+ male Variable Damselflies, 10+ Red-eyed Damselflies, 20+ Blue-tailed Damselflies and a single female Banded Demoiselle. 2 m and 2 f [ovipositing] Hairy Dragonflies,  2m and at least one f Downy Emerald, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer Barton pool (SU512970) Stephen Covey

Variable Damselfly (c) Peter Law
6 June Many Common Blue and fewer Azure and Blue-tailed Damsels,  1 Variable Damselfly, several Downy Emerald and 3+ Hairy Dragonfly Barton pool (SU512970) Peter Law per his blog
6 June Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damsel, Emperor, Four-spotted Chaser and Broad-bodied Chaser. Cholsey Marsh Paul Chandler per his blog

Four-spotted Chaser (c) David Hastings
5 June Blue-tailed Damselfly (2), Azure Damselfly (c.100), Large Red Damselfly (8), Hairy Dragonfly (1 probable),  Four-spotted Chaser (9), Broad-bodied Chaser (1). Otmoor David Hastings

Broad-bodied Chaser (c) Stephen Burch
5 June 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, Azure/Common Blue Damsels, c. 5 Red-eyed Damsels, 2 Broad-bodied Chasers, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
5 June 20+ Banded Demoiselles River Thames in Radcot Lock area Stephen Burch
28 May 2+ Azure Damselflies Shellingford Pit Stephen Burch
Downy Emerald
Downy Emerald (c) Stephen Burch
28 May Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damsels, Azure Damsels, Blue tailed Damsels, 10+ Red eyed Damsels, 1 Four spotted Chaser, 1+ Downy Emerald, 1+ Hairy Dragonfly Barton Pool (SU512970) Stephen Burch

Banded Demoiselle (c) Stephen Burch
28 May 1 Club-tailed Dragonfly exuvia but none emerging nor any adults. 20+ Banded Demoiselle and 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly Goring railway bridge Stephen Burch
27 May 1 Banded Demoiselle Field to north of Milton Park Stephen Burch
26 May 1 emerging Club-tailed Dragonfly and 7 other exuvia on the concrete Goring railway bridge Alex Berryman (via Twitter!), per Peter Sketch
26 May 5+ Hairy Dragonflies and at least 2 Downy Emeralds Barton pool Wayne Bull

Black-tailed Skimmer (c) Wayne Bull
26 May 5+ Banded Demoiselle, many Common Blue Damsels, 8 Azure Damsels, 7 Blue tailed Damsels inc 1 "violacea & 1 Rufescens, 5 Red eyed Damsels, 4 Four spotted Chasers, 1 Black tailed Skimmer Radley Lakes and Barton Fields Wayne Bull

Downy Emerald (c) Martin Green
24 May 1 Downy Emerald "Variable Damsel pool" Barton Fields, nr Abingdon Martin Green

Keeled Skimmer (c) Wayne Bull
23 May 10 Large red damselflies, 3 Azure damsels, 1 Blue tailed damsel, 1 Four spotted chaser 1 Keeled Skimmer Cothill/Parsonage Moor Wayne Bull

Southern Damselfly (c) Wayne Bull
23 May 1 male Southern Damselfly, l 8 Large red damselflies 1 Broad bodied chaser Dry Sandford Pit Wayne Bull
23 May 1 emerging Club-tailed Dragonfly and a total of 9 exuvia on the concrete Goring railway bridge Jerry Hoare (via Twitter!), per Peter Sketch

White Legged Damsefly (c) Martin Wackenier
23 May  1 White Legged Damsefly, 3f Broad Bodied Chasers,  1 Hairy Dragonfly brake Culham Brake, nr Abingdon Martin Wackenier

Broad Bodied Chaser (c) Martin Wackenier
23 May  1 Large Red Damselfly, 2f + 1m Broad Bodied Chasers, 1 Four Spotted Chaser Barton Fields, nr Abingdon Martin Wackenier

Beautiful Demoiselle (c) David Hastings
22 May c. 12 Banded Demoiselles and 1 Beautiful Demoiselle (see above) but no sign of any Club tails Goring railway bridge David Hastings

Broad-bodied Chaser (c) Martin Wackenier


Club-tailed Dragonfly (c) Martin Wackenier
22 May 1 Club-tailed Dragonfly and 1 Broad-bodied Chaser Culham Brake, near Abingdon Martin Wackenier
22 May Banded Demoiselle River Cherwell, Grimsbury Gareth Blockley per the Oxon Wildlife Blog

Blue tailed Damselfly of the Violacea form (c) Wayne Bull
19 May 3 Banded Demoiselle, 50+ Common Blue Damsels, 10+ Azure Damsels, 10+ Variable Damselflies (Barton field pond), 8+ Blue tailed Damsels inc 2 Rufescens and 1 Violacea, 8+ Red Eyed Damsels inc a few adult males, 1 Four Spotted Chaser. Radley lakes/Barton fields  Wayne Bull

Broad-bodied Chaser (c) Adam Hartley
18 May 1 female Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 mating pair of Large Red Damselflies ~10 Azure Damselflies. Trap Grounds, Oxford Adam Hartley
18 May Hairy Dragonfly Otmoor Stoneshank via the Oxon Wildlife blog

Variable Damselfly (c) Wayne Bull
15 May A new site for Variable Damselflies! At least 5 males and 1 female. Also 10+ Azure damsels, along with 1 Banded demoiselle and a "rufescens" Blue tailed damsel all at SP523030. Iffley Meadows Wayne Bull
15 May A remarkable record of a Downy Emerald exuvia from the "Variable Damselfly" pond Barton Fields, Abingdon Ian Smith

Variable Damselfly (c) Martin Green
15 May Several Variable Damselflies at the same pond as last year. Also Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Large Reds Damselflies. Barton Fields, Abingdon Martin Green
14 May Hairy Dragonflies and Broad-bodied Chasers Otmoor (Oddington side) Peter Barker, per his blog

Red eyed damselfly (c) Wayne Bull
12 May 5+ Azure Damselflies 20+ Common blue damselflies 3 Blue Tailed damselflies 5 Red eyed damselflies 1 Hairy dragonfly 2 Four spotted chaser 1 Broad-bodied chaser And a probable Teneral Club tailed dragonfly that was flushed and then flew off out of sight with an obvious downward pointing club tail. Radley Lake Wayne Bull

Common Blue Damselfly (c) Wayne Bull
9 May 3 Azure damselflies, 10+ Common blue damselflies, 3 Red eyed damselflies (Tenerals), 1 Four spotted chaser (Teneral) and 1 Hairy dragonfly Radley Lakes Wayne Bull

Azure Damselfly (c) Deb Johnson
9 May 5 Azure damselflies Otmoor - Roman Road Deb Johnson
Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
8 May 1 Large Red Damselfly Little Whittenham Stephen Burch

Hairy Dragonfly (c) Bill Lester
6 May 1 female/teneral Hairy Dragonfly Otmoor - path to second screen Bill Lester

Large Red Damselfly (c) Pete Roby
30 April 1 Large Red Damselfly Otmoor - Roman Road Pete & Steve Roby, David Hastings

All pictures copyright Stephen Burch, unless stated otherwise

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