Dragonflies: July 2018
A breezy but sunny morning enlivened by a good deal of odonata activity. Ruddy Darters were numerous; they seem to be having an excellent summer with double figures in all parts of our recording area. Three Migrant Hawkers were at the Point including one teneral individual indicative of local breeding. An Emerald Damselfly was unusual in Waldershare Gully whilst one-two Norfolk Hawkers were seen along the Delf on Worth yesterday. The biggest news however was the discovery in the morning of our first ever SOUTHERN MIGRANT HAWKER. This species is undergoing a rapid change in the UK from extremely rare vagrant to now a very localised breeder with the only resident population known from the Thames estuary.