Norfolk Birders

Norfolk Birdwatching and beyond!

My dragonfly page was set up many years ago and so I decided it needed refreshing. Since it was set up I have seen many more of Britain's dragonflies and taken a few more photos. Some photos will need improving upon! I have now seen 36 species of dragonfly in the UK.

         Banded Demoiselle (m) Calopteryx splendens Abberton Essex 19th May 2018
Banded Demoiselle (f) Calopteryx splendens  Goring 23rd May 2017

                    Beautiful Demoiselle (m) Calopteryx virgo Abberton 19th May 2018

               Beautiful Demoiselle (f) Calopteryx virgo Abberton 19th May 2018
Willow Emerald Damselfly Chalcolestes virdis Strumpshaw 27th August 2017

Common Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa (f) Roydon Common 20th July 2006

Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas Thompson Common 24th June 2007
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans Snettisham 29th July 2006 
Common Blue Damselfly  Enallagma cyathigerum Holt 18th June 2006
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella Blakeney 1st June 2007
Southern Damselfly Coenagrion mercurial Brockenhurst New Forest 2nd June 2019
Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas  Filby 15th June 2014
Small Red-eyed Damselfly  Erythromma viridulum Hockering 16th July 2006

     Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula Holt 18th June 2006
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula Holt Lowes 5th July 2006
White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes Creem's Wissington 19th June 2018
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta Holme-next-Sea 21st June 2000
Southern Migrant Hawker  Aeshna affinis Canvey Island 29th July 2018

   Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea Nymph Roydon 10th July 2005

Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea hatching from Nymph Roydon 10th July 2005
Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea Roydon 10th July 2005
Norfolk Hawker Anaciaeschna isosceles Strumpshaw 7th July 2016

   Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator Nymph Roydon Common 21st April 2007
Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator Roydon 23rd June 2007

Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense Hickling 22nd May 2017

Club-tailed Dragonfly Exuvia Goring 23rd May 2017
Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii Loch Arkaig Dumfries 1st July 2007
Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata Roydon 14th June 2014
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa Hickling 22nd May 2017
Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum Snettisham 30th June 2006
Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens Holt 13th July 2013

Black Darter Sympetrum danae (m) Roydon Common 15th August 2017
Black Darter Sympetrum danae (f) Roydon Common 20th July 2006

        Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum (m) Hoe Rough 250706
Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum (f) Hoe Rough 250706

Yellow-winged Darter Sympetrum flaveolum in tandem Strumpshaw 26th July 2006

Yellow-winged Darter Sympetrum flaveolum in tandem Strumpshaw 26th July 2006
Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii Titchwell 2nd July 2015

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum Roydon Common 29th October 2019
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum (f) Titchwell 28th August 2004
UK Dragonfly List

  1. Banded Demoiselle   Calopteryx splendens 16/07/2006 Hockering
  2. Beautiful Demoiselle   Calopteryx virgo 19/06/2018  Abberton
  3. Western Willow Spreadwing      Chalcolestes viridis 25/06/2009  Bromeswell
  4. Common Emerald Damselfly   Lestes sponsa  01/06/2007  Blakeney
  5. Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas  24/06/2007   Thompson Common
  6. Blue-tailed Damselfly     Ischnura elegans   02/06/2000   Holme-next-Sea
  7. Common Blue Damselfly  Enallagma cyathigerum 12/06/2004    Upton Fen
  8. Variable Damselfly  Coenagrion pulchellum 12/06/2004  Upton Fen
  9. Azure Damselfly  Coenagrion puella 12/06/2004   Upton Fen
  10.  Southern Damselfly Coenagrion mercurial  02/06/2019 Brockenhurst New Forest
  11. Red-eyed Damselfly       Erythromma najas  12/06/2004 Upton Fen
  12. Small Red-eyed Damselfly  Erythromma viridulum  16/07/2006  Hockering
  13. Large Red Damselfly      Pyrrhosoma nymphula  12/06/2004        Upton Fen
  14. Small Red Damselfly      Ceriagrion tenellum  03/07/2008  Scarning Fen
  15. White-legged Damselfly   Platycnemis pennipes    19/06/2018   Creem's Wissington
  16. Migrant Hawker   Aeshna mixta 21/06/2000  Holme-next-Sea
  17. Southern Migrant Hawker  Aeshna affinis  29/07/2018   Canvey Island
  18. Brown Hawker  Aeshna grandis 16/07/2006  Horsey
  19. Azure Hawker   Aeshna caerulea   30/06/2007   Glen Affric
  20. Southern Hawker  Aeshna cyanea 21/06/2000   Holme-next-Sea
  21. Norfolk Hawker   Anaciaeschna isosceles 12/06/2004  Upton Fen
  22. Emperor Dragonfly  Anax imperator  22/06/2003  Kelling Quags
  23. Lesser Emperor     Anax parthenope   19/06/2017  Selbrigg
  24. Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense     12/06/2004   Upton Fen
  25. Golden-ringed Dragonfly  Cordulegaster boltonii   01/07/2007  Glen Arkaig
  26. Downy Emerald  Cordulia aenea    19/06/2017 Captain's Pond North Walsham
  27. Four-spotted Chaser  Libellula quadrimaculata 11/06/2000  Holme-next-Sea
  28. Broad-bodied Chaser  Libellula depressa 22/06/2003  Kelling Quags
  29. Scarce Chaser    Libellula fulva    01/06/2007  Strumpshaw
  30. Black-tailed Skimmer     Orthetrum cancellatum 22/06/2003   Kelling Quags
  31. Keeled Skimmer  Orthetrum coerulescens 05/07/2006   Holt
  32. Black Darter  Sympetrum danae 20/07/2006      Roydon Common
  33. Ruddy Darter    Sympetrum sanguineum 11/06/2000     Holme-next-Sea
  34. Yellow-winged Darter    Sympetrum flaveolum   27/06/2006  Strumpshaw
  35. Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii 02/07/2015 Titchwell
  36. Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum 25/06/2000 Holme-next-Sea