Norfolk Birders

Norfolk Birdwatching and beyond!

My dragonfly page has now been refreshed and I have now seen 46 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

       Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly  Ischnura pumilio Grimston Warren 25th June 2020

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly  Ischnura pumilio  Grimston Warren 250620
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

Dainty Damselfly (m) Coenagrion scitulum Sandwich Bay 15th June 2022

Dainty Damselfly (f) Coenagrion scitulum  Sandwich Bay 15th June 2022

Dainty Damselflies Coenagrion scitulum ovipositing Sandwich Bay 15th June 2022

Northern Damselfly (Coenagrion hastulatum ) Loch Garten 1st July 2021
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
Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) Beinn Eighe NNR Scotland 29th June 2021
Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea Roydon 10th July 2005
Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea)  Beinn Eighe NNR Scotland  29th June 2021
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



               Vagrant Emperor Anax Ephippiger Waxham 22nd September 2021

      Vagrant Emperor 
Anax Ephippiger Waxham 22nd September 2021

Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense Hickling 22nd May 2017

 Common Clubtail Dragonfly Gomphus vulgatissimus River Arun Stopham 14th June 2020
                        Common Clubtail Dragonfly Exuvia Goring 23rd May 2017
Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii Loch Arkaig Dumfries 1st July 2007
Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) Hartley Wintney 170721
Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) and Exuvia  Beinn Eighe NNR  29th June 2021
Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata Roydon 14th June 2014
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa Hickling 22nd May 2017

                  Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva (m) River Arun 140620

                Scarce Chaser
Libellula fulva (f) Nar Valley 140520
Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum Snettisham 30th June 2006

                Keeled Skimmer
Orthetrum coerulescens Holt 13th July 2013


Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens (f) Grimston Warren 25th June 2020

White-faced Darter Leucorrhinia dubia Foulshaw Moss 19th June 2021

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
Highland Darter (Sympetrum nigrescens)  Loch Bran, Scotland  26th June 2021 
British 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. Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio)         25/06/2020        Grimston Warren
  8. Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)    12/06/2004        Upton Fen
  9. Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum)              12/06/2004         Upton Fen
  10. Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)                       12/06/2004         Upton Fen
  11. Southern Damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale)           02/06/2019         Brockenhurst New Forest
  12. Dainty Damselfly (f) (Coenagrion scitulum)              25/06/2022         Sandwich Bay
  13. Northern Damselfly (Coenagrion hastulatum)          01/06/2021         Loch Garten
  14. Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas)                12/06/2004         Upton Fen
  15. Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum) 16/07/2006        Hockering
  16. Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)        12/06/2004         Upton Fen
  17. Small Red Damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum)             03/07/2008         Scarning Fen
  18. White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes)     19/06/2018        Creem's Wissington
  19. Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)                               21/06/2000        Holme-next-Sea
  20. Southern Migrant Hawker (Aeshna affinis)               29/07/2018        Canvey Island
  21. Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)                             16/07/2006         Horsey
  22. Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea)                            30/06/2007        Glen Affric
  23. Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)                         21/06/2000        Holme-next-Sea
  24. Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea)                         15/09/2020         Boat of Garten
  25. Norfolk Hawker (Anaciaeschna isosceles)              12/06/2004        Upton Fen
  26. Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)                       22/06/2003        Kelling Quags
  27. Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope)                        19/06/2017         Selbrigg
  28. Vagrant Emperor Anax Ephippiger                           22/09/2021        Waxham 
  29. Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense)                    12/06/2004         Upton Fen
  30. Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)           14/06/2020         Stopham River Arun
  31. Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii)   01/07/2007        Glen Arkaig
  32. Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)                          19/06/2017         Captain's Pond North Walsham
  33. Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica)             14/07/2020        Thursley Common
  34. Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica)               29/06/2021        Beinn Eighe NNR
  35. Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)     11/06/2000        Holme-next-Sea
  36. Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)              22/06/2003        Kelling Quags
  37. Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva)                                01/06/2007       Strumpshaw
  38. Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)       22/06/2003        Kelling Quags
  39. Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)            05/07/2006        Holt
  40. White-faced Darter (Leucorrhinia dubia)                 01/06/2021        Loch Garten
  41. Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)                            20/07/2006        Roydon Common
  42. Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)                11/06/2000         Holme-next-Sea
  43. Yellow-winged Darter (Sympetrum flaveolum)        27/06/2006        Strumpshaw
  44. Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)       19/06/2017         Queens Hills storm pond Old Costessey
  45. Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)               25/06/2000         Holme-next-Sea
  46. Highland Darter (Sympetrum nigrescens)              26/06/2021         Loch Bran