Dragonflies: July 17
It would be a shame not to continue mentioning the Willow Emerald Damselflies considering how rare they were before this year. Two were found in the Elms and five more were in the Whitehouse. At least 26 Migrant Hawkers were dotted around the Estate and a Southern Hawker was in the Elms.
Further searching of the vegetation around the Estate continues to reap rewards in the form of Willow Emerald Damselflies. A further seven were found today around the Whitehouse and the Oasis bringing this year’s total to at least 21 individuals. An Emerald Damselfly also in the Whitehouse was an unusual sighting, whilst at least five others were at traditional spots on Worth.
A grim day of unsettled weather again and yet more Willow Emerald Damselflies were found. At least three were in the Elms in the evening plus only the second record of the year of Southern Hawker and a few Ruddy Darters.
Surprising numbers of Willow Emerald Damselfly were found today along the Haven with 9-10 individuals at least. Considering the poor weather it’s certainly possible more could be hiding away in the foliage.
Not much to say in windy conditions but the second Willow Emerald Damselfly of the year was seen along the entrance to Worth track.
An emergence of at least ten Common Darters was noticeable today in the sheltered spots on the Estate.
The New Downs complex seems to be a good spot for Ruddy Darter, particularly on the track near New Downs New Pool, where up to nine were seen. A male Red-veined Darter was nearby on Prince’s Reservoir whilst other distant darters also present were probably this species.
The first Southern Hawker of the year was disturbed from vegetation in Waldershare Gully. Considering the vast majority of species this year have set new records for early emergence it is surprising this species is fairly average with recent years.
37 Common Emerald Damselflies were on the North Stream, 3 Brown Hawkers were on Worth and our first Willow Emerald Damselfly was found in Little Gully.