Dragonflies: May 2017
The first Scarce Chaser of the summer was found on Worth this morning, the first time it has ever been recorded in May around these parts.
28 Four-spotted Chasers were on the wing around New Downs New Pool and 3 Red-veined Darters were on Restharrow Scrape.
A Red-veined Darter on New Downs was the earliest Bay record by three days and our total of Variable Damselflies has now passed 1,400.
The season’s first Banded Demoiselle was located on Worth this morning.
Eager eyes picked out the first Red-eyed and Common Blue Damselflies of the year in Middle Field, both recorded a lot earlier than last year.
The BDS national Variable Damselfly survey has had several of us looking in favoured spots for the species and in the last few days at least 900 have been recorded on Worth; clearly an important place for Variables.
Warm and humid conditions are helping things along and recent reports have included Broad-bodied Chaser on the Green Wall two days ago, a large emergence of Variable Damselflies yesterday and 3-4 Large Red Damselflies on Worth.
Cold NE winds and long overcast periods have hardly helped things so far this month, but Four-spotted Chaser was seen on New Downs yesterday and this morning the first Variable Damselfly was found on Worth.