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2018 Dragonfly and Damselfly Records for Oxfordshire


This page gives recent items of news about dragonflies and damselflies in the whole of 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 the iRecord on-line recording system. To use this you will need to have 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 web 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
10 November c. 5 Common Darter at Buckthorn and Shrike Meadows, inc 1 tandem pair. Also 1 possible Migrant Hawker (not seen well enough for conclusive ID) at Pinkhill Farmoor Stephen Burch

Common Darter (c) David Hastings
31 October At least 11 Common Darters - on the fencing around Shrike Meadow Farmoor David Hastings
26 October 1 Common Darter Trap Grounds Nicola Hastings
10 October 40+ Common Darters, 6 Migrant Hawkers. Otmoor David Hastings

Migrant Hawker (c) Stephen Burch
27 September Still plenty of Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters at Buckthorn and Shrike Meadows Farmoor Stephen Burch

Common Darters (c) Chimney Meadows
27 September Common Darter 7 Chimney Meadows David Hastings

Southern Hawker (c) David Hastings
24 September Common Darter 20, Migrant Hawker 11, Southern Hawker 2 Farmoor (Pinkhill hedge & Buckthorn Meadow) David Hastings

Migrant Hawker (c) Stephen Burch - taken 6 September

21 September Brown Hawker (1), Migrant Hawker (3+), C Darter (c. 10) - including 2-3 tandem pairs ovipositing still. Farmoor Reservoir (Shrike Meadow) Stephen Burch

Common Darter (c) N Devine
15 September 1 Common Blue Damselfly, 1 Migrant Hawker, 2 Southern Hawker and many Common Darter. Trap Grounds N Devine

Southern Hawker (c) N Devine
13 September Migrant and Southern Hawkers. Also Common Darters and 1 Ruddy Darter still Trap Grounds N Devine
13 September Still several Common Blue Damsels. 5+ Migrant Hawkers, 1 Brown Hawker, 25+ tandem pairs of Common Darter and several singles. Thames-side meadows at Farmoor Stephen Burch

Southern Hawker (c) David Hastings
9 Sept Southern Hawker : 2, Migrant Hawker : 5, Ruddy Darter : 1,Common Darter : 1. Farmoor David Hastings

Migrant Hawker (c) Stephen Burch. Click to enlarge

6 September Migrant Hawker 5+, Common Darter 10+ Farmoor - Buckthorn & Shrike Meadows, Pinkhill Stephen Burch



Southern Hawkers (c) N Devine
4 September Migrant and Southern Hawkers, Common Darter Trap Grounds N Devine
4 September Common Blue Damselfly : 10, Emperor : 1 (very late), Migrant Hawker : 6, Brown Hawker : 1, Southern Hawker : 1, Common Darter : 25+, Ruddy Darter : 13+ Radley Lakes - Orchard Lake area David Hastings

Ruddy Darters (c) David Brown
2 Sept Ruddy Darter Stanton St John David Brown
2 Sept Migrant Hawker 8 incl pair in cop, Common Darter 2, Common blue Damselfly 2 Balscote Quarry BOS reserve Steve Holliday

Migrant Hawker (c) David Hastings
30 August 8 Migrant Hawkers, 2 Common Darters and 1 Common Blue Damselfly  Farmoor David Hastings

Brown Hawker (c) David Hastings
28 August Common Darter : 23+ (several pairs in tandem) Migrant Hawker : 11+ Brown Hawker : 2 Southern Hawker : 2 Farmoor David Hastings

Migrant Hawker (c) David Hastings
25 August Red-eyed Damselfly 1, Common Blue Damselfly 13, Southern Hawker 1, Migrant Hawker 4, Brown Hawker 3, Common Darter 4, Ruddy Darter 2. Standlake Common David Hastings
23 August 2 Brown Hawkers, 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, 2-3 Common Darters, 1 Ruddy Darter Standlake Common Pit 60 Stephen Burch

Southern Hawker (c) David Hastings
20 August Common Blue Damselfly 2, Blue-tailed Damselfly 1, Migrant Hawker 9, Southern Hawker 2, Brown Hawker 1, Common Darter 10, Ruddy Darter 23 Otmoor David Hastings

Common Darter (c) David Brown
18 August Common and Ruddy Darter Stanton St John David Brown

Southern Hawker (c) N Devine
17 August 1 Emerald Damselfly. 1 Brown Hawker, 3 Migrant Hawker, several Southern Hawkers. Trap Grounds N Devine
16 August Southern Hawker 1 Migrant Hawker 5 Common Darter 3 Farmoor David Hastings
11 August 2 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Emperor (prob), 1 Common Darter Bicester Wetland Reserve Stephen Burch

Emerald Damselfly (c) N Devine
8 August 1m Emerald Damselfly Trap Grounds, Oxford N Devine

Small Red-eyed Damselflies (c) Stephen Burch
7 August 100+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly (fewer than last visit but still numerous tandem pairs all around the pond),  few Red-eyed Damselflies, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselfly. 5+ Ruddy Darter, 2 Emperor Faringdon Folly Park Pond Stephen Burch

Emerald Damselfly (c) David Hastings
5 August Common Blue Damselfly : 9, Red-eyed Damselfly : 4, Blue-tailed Damselfly : 2, Common Emerald Damselfly : 3, Brown Hawker : 1, Southern Hawker : 1, Migrant Hawker : 3, Black-tailed Skimmer : 3, Common Darter : 10+, Ruddy Darter : 20+ Radley Lakes (Orchard Lake) David Hastings

Small Red-eyed Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
3 August Small Red-eyed Damselfly (1), Emerald Damselfly (1), Red-eyed Damselfly (4+), Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselfly, Four-spotted Chaser (1), Black-tailed Skimmer 5+, Common & Ruddy Darters, Brown Hawker (3+, inc 1 ovipositiing), Emperor (2), Migrant Hawker (1) Radley Lakes (Orchard Lake) Stephen Burch

Common Emerald Damselfly (c) David Hastings


Ruddy Darter (c) David Hastings
31 July Common Darter (6) Ruddy Darter (50+) Southern Hawker (3) Brown Hawker (6) Common Emerald Damselfly (1) - at north end of Roman Road Otmoor David Hastings
31 July Common Darter (4) Ruddy Darter (20+) Migrant Hawker (20+) Emperor Dragonfly (1) Southern Hawker (1) Brown Hawker (3) Whitecross Green Wood  David Hastings
31 July Emerald Damselfly (1m, 1f) Trap Grounds N Devine

Southern Hawker (c) David Hastings
30 July Southern and Migrant Hawkers N Abingdon garden David Hastings

Emperor (c) Stephen Burch


Small Red-eyed Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
27 July 200+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly (never seen so many!), a few Red-eyed Damselflies, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselfly. 5+ Ruddy Darter, 2-3 Emperor, 1+ Brown Hawker Faringdon Folly Park Pond Stephen Burch

Scarce Chaser (c) Brian Walker
29 June Belated record of a SCARCE CHASER (only 2nd for Oxon) Thames near Pinkhill Lock Brian Walker

Common Darter (c) Stephen Burh
26 July 4 Banded Demoiselles, Common Blue Damsels, Blue-tailed Damsels, 20+ Brown Hawker (inc amazing concentration of 10+ in one small area by R Thames behind Pinkhill), 2+ Southern Hawker, 2+ Emperor, 4+ Black-tailed Skimme, 1 Common Darter, 2+ Ruddy Darter, Farmoor inc Buckthorn Meadow, Shrike Meadow, Pinkhill, R Thames and S end of FII Stephen Burch
26 July Southern Hawker 1 m,  Common darter 2, White-legged damselfly 7+ m, Blue-tailed damselfly 3, Azure damselfly 5+, Common blue-damselfly 30+ Lamb's Pool, BBOWT Steve Holliday

White-legged Damselfly (c) Tom Stevenson
24 July White-legged Damselfly (immature, f) Warwick Spinney (near McDonalds) in Benson Tom Stevenson
22 July Brown Hawker 1, Southern Hawker 2+, Emperor 3m, Black-tailed skimmer 2m, Four-spotted Chaser 1, Common Darter 1, Ruddy Darter 10m & 2pairs in cop, Red-eyed Damselfly 1, Blue-tailed Damselfly 11, Common blue Damselfly 50+, Azure Damselfly 2+ Sibford Gower Steve Holliday, Ian Barber, Mark July
19 July Emperor 3 males,  4-spotted chaser 2, Black-tailed skimmer 4, Ruddy darter 3 males, Blue-tailed damselfly 1, Azure damselfly 10+, Common blue damselfly 100s Balscote Quarry BOS reserve Steve Holliday

Emperor (c) N Devine
17 July 1 Emperor Trap Grounds N Devine
17 July Southern hawker 1, White-legged damselfly 11+ males, Azure damselfly 5+, Common blue damselfly 20+, Blue-tailed damselfly 10+, Emerald damselfly 1 male Lamb's Pool BBOWT reserve Steve Holliday

Red eyed Damselfly (c) David Hastings


Emerald Damselfly (c) David Hastings
17 July Common Blue Damselfly 5,  Blue-tailed Damselfly 12, Red-eyed Damselfly 14, Common Emerald Damselfly 3, Emperor Dragonfly 1, Brown Hawker 1, Four-spotted Chaser 1, Black-tailed Skimmer 1, Ruddy Darter 2, Common Darter 2 Radley Lakes (Orchard Lake) David Hastings
15 July Beautiful Demoiselle  1f Trap Grounds N Devine
14 July 2 Emerald Damselflies Sibford Gower Steve Holliday

Blue-tailed Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
13 July Azure & Blue-tailed Damsels, Brown & Southern Hawkers, Ruddy Darter. Trap Grounds, Oxford Stephen Burch

Small Red Damselflies (c) David Hastings

Southern Damselfly (c) David Hastings
12 July Keeled Skimmer : 5 Cothill / 20 Parsonage Moor / 6 DSP (two pairs in cop; 1 ovipositing female) Small Red Damselfly: 2/8/0 (two pairs in cop) Southern Damselfly : 3/12/0 (one pair in tandem) Ruddy Darter : 2/0/0 Large Red Damselfly : 0/2/0 Blue-tailed Damselfly : 0/3/0 Common Blue Damselfly : 0/2/0 Cothill/Parsonage Moor /Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings

Red eyed Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch

Emperor ovipositing (c) Stephen Burch
11 July 100+ Common Blue Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly. 5+ Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four Spotted Chaser. Tar Lakes Stephen Burch
11 July 20+ Common Blue Damselfly, 1 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Brown Hawker Standlake Common Pit 60 & Langley Lane Stephen Burch
11 July Banded Dem 21, Emerald Damsels 2 (both males), Blue-Tails 20+, Common Blues 50+, Azures 40+, Migrant Hawker 1, Emperor 2 (male & female), Four-Spot Chaser 1, Black-Tailed Skimmer 11 (all males), Ruddy Darter 17, Common Darter  Buscot Park Bill Haynes

Southern Hawker (c) N Devine
10 July Southern Hawker Trap Grounds N Devine

Ruddy Darter (c) David Hastings
9 July Dozens of Ruddy Darters, 1+ Common Darter, five Brown Hawkers and two Emperors. Otmoor (MOD land) David Hastings

Brown Hawker ovipositing (c) Barry Hudson

Emperor ovipositing (c) Barry Hudson
Early July Brown Hawker and Emperor South Leigh area Barry Hudson

Ruddy Darters (c) N Devine
7 July 2 Ruddy Darter in cop. Trap Grounds N Devine

Emperor (c) Stephen Burch

Ruddy Darter (c) Stephen Burch
6 July Many Small Red-eyed Damsels. 100s of Common Blue and Red-eyed Damsels, many Blue-tailed Damsels, 2-3 Ruddy Darter, 2m & 1f (ovipositing) Emperor, 1 Brown Hawker Faringdon Folly Park Pond Stephen Burch

Emperor (c) N Devine
4 July 1f Emperor Trap Grounds N Devine



Emerging Southern Hawkers (c) N Devine
4 July 8 Southern Hawkers emerging Trap Grounds (Dragonfly Pool) N Devine

Small Red-eyed Damselfly (c) Martin Green
4 July 1 Small Red-eyed Damselfly Pond in front of closed Upper Reaches Hotel in Abingdon. Martin Green
3 July 1f Beautiful Demoiselle Bernwood Forest (SP ) John Whitworth
3 July An immature Common Darter Garden in N Abingdon David Hastings
30 June Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly 31 (180+ on 25 June), Common Blue Damselfly 16 (40+ on 24 June), Brown Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser 4, Common Darter 12, Emerald Damselfly 4,  several Large Red Damsels, Blue-tailed Damsels, Emperor Dragonfly, Ruddy Darter 8, Black-Tailed Skimmer 4 (19 on 24 June), Red-Eyed Damsels. Also Broad-Bodied Chaser and Southern Hawker along nearby Woodland ride Buscot Park Bill Haynes
29 June An immature Emperor Dragonfly Garden in N Abingdon David Hastings

Female Emerald Damselfly (c) N Devine

Male Emerald Damselfly (c) N Devine
27 June 1m & 1f Emerald Damselfly Trap Grounds, Oxford N Devine
24 June Banded Demoiselle 3, Red-eyed Damselfly 11+, Large Red Damselfly 4, Blue-tailed Damselfly 120+, Four-spotted Chaser 5, Common Darter 1, Azure Damselfly 100 +, Small Red-eyed Damselfly 2, Common Blue Damselfly 20+, Emperor Dragonfly 8,  Black-tailed Skimmer 1 Faringdon Folly Park Pond Bill Haynes

Ruddy Darter (c) Stephen Burch
23 June 100s Azure Damselflies, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Banded Demoiselles. 5-10 Brown Hawker, 100s Ruddy Darter (mostly imm). Otmoor Stephen Burch

Beautiful Demoiselle  (c) N Devine

Banded Demoiselle (c) N Devine
21 June 1m & 1 f Beautiful Demoiselle, 2 m & 1f Banded Demoiselle. 1m Hairy Dragonfly, 1f Emperor ovipositing. Trap Grounds, Oxford N Devine

Black-tailed Skimmer (c) David Hastings
20 June Azure Damselfly 250+ (masses of them near the Langley Lane hide), Blue-tailed Damselfly 1, Banded Demoiselle 21, Emperor Dragonfly 1, Black-tailed Skimmer 3. Standlake Common David Hastings
18 June Banded Demoiselle 1, Beautiful Demoiselle 1, Emperor Dragonfly 9, Four-spotted Chaser 1, Black-tailed Skimmer 1, Ruddy Darter 10+ Whitecross Green Wood David Hastings


Emerald Damselfly

Beautiful Demoiselle
18 June Azure Damselfly, 100+ Large Red Damselfly, 1 Emerald Damselfly, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle, 1 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Hairy Hawker, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Southern Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker, 5 Four-spotted Chaser 4 (inc one of form praenubila), Ruddy Darter 40+ Otmoor David Hastings
15 June 3 Banded Demoiselle Milton Park (SU493920) Stephen Burch

Ruddy Darter (c) N Devine
13 June 2m & 1f Banded Demoiselle, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle. 1 Ruddy Darter and 1 Southern Hawker. Trap Grounds N Devine

Southern Damselflies (c) David Hastings

Keeled Skimmer (c) David Hatings
11 June A few Southern Damselflies (including a pair in cop), and a teneral female Keeled Skimmer  Dry Sandford Pit David Hastings

Southern Hawker (c) N Devine
11 June Southern Hawker Trap Grounds, Oxford N Devine

Four-spotted Chaser (c) John Bloomfield
9 June Banded Demoiselle (2), Common Blue Damselfly (+20), Azure Damselfly (+40), Blue-tailed Damselfly (2), Four-spotted Chaser (8); Broad-bodies Chaser (3). Small ponds in fields to the south of the River Thames near Shillingford, in an area managed by the Northmoor Trust (SU 588928) John Bloomfield

Four spotted Chaser (c) Stephen Burch
9 June Banded Demoiselles, many Azure Damselflies, Red-eyed Damsefly, Blue-tailed Damselfly. 50+ Four spotted Chasers, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer. Buckthorn & Shrike Meadows, Pinkhill at Farmoor Stephen Burch
7 June 1 m Beautiful Demoiselle Sparsey Bridge on the river Cherwell (SP 51858 11896) Jeremy Dexter

Emperor (c) Wayne Bull

Four spotted Chaser (c) Wayne Bull
6 June 30+ Banded Demoiselle, 100's of Common blue Damsels, 30+Azure damsels, 15+ Blue tailed Damsels inc "violacea and Refescens", 30+ Red eyed Damsels, 4 Emperor Dragonflies inc 2 Tenerals, 1 Brown Hawker, 2 Downy Emerald (NW corner of Bullfield lake), 10 Four spotted Chaser inc 4 "Praenubila" 20+ Black tailed Skimmer, 4 Imm Ruddy Darter Radley Lakes Wayne Bull
6 June One Azure Damselfly, one Hairy Hawker (teneral - the first I've recorded at WGW), five Emperor Dragonflies, one Ruddy Darter (teneral) and one Black-tailed Skimmer (teneral). Whitecross Green Wood David Hastings


Brown Hawker (c) David Hastings


Black-tailed Skimmer (c) David Hastings
6 June Dozens of Azure Damselflies, two Blue-tailed Damselflies, eight Large Red Damselflies, one Red-eyed Damselfly, three Banded Demoiselles, one Brown Hawker, three Hairy Hawkers, two Emperor Dragonflies, at least forty Four-spotted Chasers, one Ruddy Darter (teneral) and one Black-tailed Skimmer. Otmoor David Hastings

Beautiful Demoiselle (c) Jeremy Dexter
4 June Colony of 10-15 Beautiful Demoiselles with Banded Demoiselles. Evidently the origin of those seen in the north Oxford garden on 2 June (see below). River Cherwell, Oxford (SP514100) Jeremy Dexter

Male Clubtail (c) Stephen Burch
3 June 1 male Clubtail - showing a hint of green on the abdomen which is a sign of maturity.  Many Banded Demoiselle, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, a few Red-eyed Damselfly River Thames between Goring and the railway bridge. Clubtail was at SU603795. Stephen Burch

Four-spotted Chaser (c) David Hastings
2 June Dozens of Common Blue Damselflies, three Red-eyed Damselflies, at least 27 Banded Demoiselles, one Hairy Hawker (female) and two Four-spotted Chasers. Farmoor David Hastings

Red-eyed Damselfly (c) David Hastings
2 June Dozens of Common Blue Damselflies, four Blue-tailed Damselflies, five Red-eyed Damselflies, seven Banded Demoiselles Standlake Common David Hastings



Beautiful Demoiselles (c) Jeremy Dexter
2 June 1m & 3 f Beautiful Demoiselles Garden in North Oxford! Jeremy Dexter

Southern Damselfly (c) Stephen Burch
3 June 10+ Southern Damselflies, 1 Large Red Damselfly Dry Sandford Pit Stephen Burch

Banded Demoiselle (c) N Devine
1 June Banded Demoiselle (2m, 1f) Trap Grounds, Oxford N Devine

Clubtail (c) Felicity Jenkins
28 May 1 female Clubtail. Newly emerged. Wing apparently injured shortly afterwards by a dog! Port Meadow (SP495079) Felicity Jenkins

Banded Demoiselle (c) Stephen Burch (click to enlarge)
27 May 100s of Banded Demoiselle, 2+ Red-eyed Damsels just upstream from Rushey Lock. No Clubtails! Tadpole Bridge to Rushey Lock & beyond Stephen Burch



Hairy Dragonfly and Broad-bodied Chaser locked in a deadly tussle!
26 May 1 male Broad bodied chaser, 1 Female Broad bodied chaser (ovipositing), 1 Male Hairy dragonfly 2 female Black tailed skimmers. A remarkable incident occurred as follows: The female B.B. Chaser was ovipositing when a Hairy Dragonfly came down and they tussled, and soon after, both were on the water's surface, the BBC ended up being upside down but clung on to the Hairy, who couldn’t release himself from her clutches. The BBC did however expire in the water later while the Hairy managed to just fly off! Trap Grounds, Oxford N Devine
26 May 1 Hairy Dragonfly Stratfield Lake, Kidlington Martyn Butt

Broad-bodied Chaser (c) Stephen Burch
26 May 1 Broad-bodied Chaser Dry Sandford Pit Stephen Burch

Female Hairy Dragonfly (c) N Devine
23 May 2 (m & f) Hairy Dragonfly Trap Grounds N Devine

Club-tailed Dragonfly (c) Stephen Kill
23 May 1 Club-tailed Dragonfly Hartslock BBOWT Stephen Kill

Beautiful Demoiselle (c) N Devine
21 May 1 f Beautiful Demoiselle.  Large numbers of Large Red Damselflies. Trap Grounds, Oxford N Devine

Large Red Damselfly (c) David Hastings
22 May 6 Large Red Damselflies Dry Sandford Pit  David Hastings
22 May 1 Black-tailed Skimmer Stratfield Lake Kidlington Martyn Butt

Clubtail (c) Jeremy Dexter
21 May 1 Clubtail Chimney Meadows (c. SP366009) Jeremy Dexter
21 May 1m & 2f (possible) White Legged Damselfly Dorchester Abbey Elizabeth Lawrance
20 May 1 Large red Damselfly Wantage. First garden record! Stephen Burch

Broad-bodied Chaser (c) N Devine

Hairy Dragonfly (ovipositing) (c) N Devine
19 May Hairy Dragonfly (ovipositing), Broad-bodied Chaser Trap Grounds N Devine
19 May 1 Downy Emerald. Also Hairy Dragonflies both mating and egg laying, a few Four-spotted Chasers. Large-red and Blue tailed Damselflies. Otmoor Stephen Kill
19 May 1 Large red Damselfly, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, several Azures. Faringdon Folly Park Pond Stephen Burch

Emerging Banded Demoiselle (c) Stephen Burch
19 May 2 Clubtail exuviae. Also Banded Demoiselle. Goring: One in SU5980 (near the village) and one at the railway bridge (SU6079) Stephen Burch

Variable Damselfly (c) David Hastings

Broad bodied Chaser (c) David Hastings
18 May 3 Banded Demoiselles, quite a few Common Blue and Azure Damselflies, 3 Blue-tailed Damselflies, 4 Variable Damselflies (3 males, 1 female), 1 Hairy Hawker and 3 Broad-bodied Chasers. Barton Fields, Abingdon David Hastings
18 May 1 Black tailed Skimmer (first site record!) Trap Grounds N Devine
18 May Many Common Blue and Azure Damselflies (mostly teneral), 1 Large Red Damselfly, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Hairy Hawker and 1 Four-spotted Chaser. Radley Lakes David Hastings
15 May 9 Banded Demoiselles Cholsey Marsh David Hastings
14 May Large Red Damselflies ovipositing Trap Grounds N Devine
14 May Large Red Damsel 3, Azure damsel c. 30.  Hairy Dragonfly 14, Four-spot Chaser 7;   Broad-bodied Chaser 5. Otmoor Ian Brodie
14 May 4 Hairy Dragonfly then a mating pair, 3 Four-spotted Chaser and numerous Red-eyed, Common Blue and Azure Damselflies. Radley Lakes  Peter Law

Hairy Dragonfly (c) David Hastings

Azure Damselfly (c) David Hastings
14 May Dozens of Azure and Common Blue Damselflies, one Large Red Damselfly, 2 Hairy Hawkers and 15 Four-spotted Chaser Otmoor David Hastings

Four-spotted Chaser (c) David Hastings

Banded Demoiselle (c) David Hastings
13 May 11 Banded Demoiselles, 2 Azure Damselflies, 2 Common Blue Damselflies, 2 Emperor Dragonflies and 3 Four-spotted Chasers. Farmoor David Hastings

Banded Demoiselle (c) David Hastings

Hairy Dragonfly (c) David Hastings
11 May 1f Banded Demoiselle & at least four Azure Damselflies. 1 Immature male Hairy Dragonfly Farmoor Reservoir David Hastings

Hairy Dragonfly (c) Wayne Bull

Red eyed damselfly (c) Wayne Bull
11 May 1 Banded Demoiselle,  Large red damselflies, 2 Blue tailed damselflies inc 1 violacea, 10+ Common blue damselflies, 3+ Variable damselflies ( Barton field site), 3 Azure damselflies, 6 Red eyed damselflies, 2 Hairy dragonflies, 1 Four spotted chaser, 1 Broad bodied chaser Radley Lakes & Barton Fields Wayne Bull

Hairy Dragonflies (c) Stephen Kill

Red eyed Damselfly (c) Stephen Kill
10 May 20+ Four-spotted Chasers, 5+ Hairy Dragonflies. Lots of Damselflies, 50+ in total inc. 1 Large Red, lots of Blue-tailed and 1 immature Red-eyed. Otmoor (Roman Road and path between screens) Stephen Kill


Immature Azure Damselfly (c) Robyn Owen


Immature Red-eyed Damselfly (c) Robyn Owen
10 May Azure and Red-eyed Damselfly Otmoor Robyn Owen

Downy Emerald Larva - from Stratfield Brake lakes (c) Martyn Butt
8 May Hairy Dragonfly Otmoor Stoneshank, per Oxon Wildlife Blog

Broad bodied Chaser (c) Robyn Owen
6 May Broad bodied Chaser Bloxham Robyn Owen
6 May 2 Hairy Dragonflies and 3 Large Red Damselflies Otmoor Stephen Kill

Immature female Azure or Variable Damselfly (c) Martyn Butt


Large Red Damselfly (c) Martyn Butt
6 May Large Red and female Azure or Variable Damselfly Stratfield Brake lakes, Kidlington Martyn Butt

Teneral Large Red Damselfly (c) David Hastings
1 May 1 Large Red Damselfly Otmoor David Hastings

Teneral Large Red Damselfly (c) Martyn Butt
22 April 4 Large Red Damselflies Stratfield Brake lakes, Kidlington Martyn Butt

All pictures copyright Stephen Burch, unless stated otherwise

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