Dragonflies: October 2018
Amazingly, despite the cold temperatures, the Common Emerald on RSGGC continues. What a bizarre record. Other sightings of Odonata are becoming much more thin on the ground, though i see our friends down the road at Dungeness scored a Vagrant Emperor. It can’t be long before one is discovered here so keep your eyes peeled for any large dragonfly at this time of year.
A male Common Emerald discovered on a small pool on RSGGC was highly unusual being almost a month later than our previous latest ever record, in Middle Field on 20th September 2015.
The warm southerly winds of late have prolonged the flight periods of a few species and as such there are still lots of Common Darters on the wing, with at least 26 present on the Estate on the 13th. It can also bring some interesting migrants and a large Dragonfly sp that flew from outside Middle Field and over the Little Elms certainly fell into that category, with Vagrant Emperor certainly on the cards. Oh well. Next time.
It was a nice day for a walk over New Downs. Odonata was unsurprisingly hard to come by as the end of the season draws closer. A few Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers were to be expected but two late Ruddy Darters were certainly notable (only a week away from our latest ever records).