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 40 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

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

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly  Ischnura pumilio  Grimston Warren 250620
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

 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
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

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. 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 mercurial  02/06/2019 Brockenhurst New Forest
  12. Red-eyed Damselfly       Erythromma najas  12/06/2004 Upton Fen
  13. Small Red-eyed Damselfly  Erythromma viridulum  16/07/2006  Hockering
  14. Large Red Damselfly      Pyrrhosoma nymphula  12/06/2004        Upton Fen
  15. Small Red Damselfly      Ceriagrion tenellum  03/07/2008  Scarning Fen
  16. White-legged Damselfly   Platycnemis pennipes    19/06/2018   Creem's Wissington
  17. Migrant Hawker   Aeshna mixta 21/06/2000  Holme-next-Sea
  18. Southern Migrant Hawker  Aeshna affinis  29/07/2018   Canvey Island
  19. Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea)  150920 Boat of Garten
  20. Brown Hawker  Aeshna grandis 16/07/2006  Horsey
  21. Azure Hawker   Aeshna caerulea   30/06/2007   Glen Affric
  22. Southern Hawker  Aeshna cyanea 21/06/2000   Holme-next-Sea
  23. Norfolk Hawker   Anaciaeschna isosceles 12/06/2004  Upton Fen
  24. Emperor Dragonfly  Anax imperator  22/06/2003  Kelling Quags
  25. Lesser Emperor     Anax parthenope   19/06/2017  Selbrigg
  26. Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense     12/06/2004   Upton Fen
  27. Common Clubtail Gomphus vulgatissimus  14/06/2020  Stopham
  28. Golden-ringed Dragonfly  Cordulegaster boltonii   01/07/2007  Glen Arkaig
  29. Downy Emerald  Cordulia aenea    19/06/2017 Captain's Pond North Walsham
  30. Brilliant Emerald  Somatochlora metallica 14/07/2020 Thursley Common River Arun Stopham
  31. Four-spotted Chaser  Libellula quadrimaculata 11/06/2000  Holme-next-Sea
  32. Broad-bodied Chaser  Libellula depressa 22/06/2003  Kelling Quags
  33. Scarce Chaser    Libellula fulva    01/06/2007  Strumpshaw
  34. Black-tailed Skimmer     Orthetrum cancellatum 22/06/2003   Kelling Quags
  35. Keeled Skimmer  Orthetrum coerulescens 05/07/2006   Holt
  36. Black Darter  Sympetrum danae 20/07/2006      Roydon Common
  37. Ruddy Darter    Sympetrum sanguineum 11/06/2000     Holme-next-Sea
  38. Yellow-winged Darter    Sympetrum flaveolum   27/06/2006  Strumpshaw
  39. Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii 02/07/2015 Titchwell
  40. Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum 25/06/2000 Holme-next-Sea