Dragonflies: September 2019
Windy conditions with the only sighting of note a Willow Emerald Damselfly sheltering in the Elms.
Not much diversity now. We’re getting to that time of the year when Migrant Hawkers and Common Darts dominate. At least 35 of the former were on Worth today.
Two Willow Emerald Damselflies were on Worth and one on the Estate today. At least 73 Migrant Hawkers were between the two sites too. Best, however, was a single Southern Migrant Hawker on New Downs.
Just 12 Migrant Hawkers and 15 Common Darters on the Estate today. I can’t say we’ve big numbers of either species yet this autumn. I wonder if we will.
New Downs wasn’t bad today with 26 Ruddy Darters outnumbering just the one Common Darter, as is often the case in that part of our Recording Area.
A teneral Red-veined Darter in the Oasis was perhaps not unsurprising considering the number of pairs seen ovipositing earlier this summer. Still caught us off-guard though as it’s been a few weeks since the last sighting.
A Willow Emerald Damselfly was found along the Guilford Rd not too far from the entrance to Middle Field. At least 20 Migrant Hawkers, 14 Common Darters, and six Ruddy Darters were seen on the BMS transect.