A passage journey in the sunshine up the incline on the western bank of Lancing Ring Nature Reserve following the narrow winding path to the top of Lancing Clump, was uneventful with just a handful of Common Darters.
Nine Common Darters (dragonflies) were all resting in a row on the wooden railing in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road and a Southern Hawker flew rapidly by. Four of the Common Darters had red abdomens and the others were a greyish-blue to fawn colour. More Common Darters flew amongst the Ivy.
This is worth a mention because of the propensity of this dragonfly (and also butterflies and flies) for settling on flat wooden railings but not so much on fences.
Common Darters (dragonflies) were very frequently (50+) seen rising from the Coastal Link Cyclepath, south of the Toll Bridge, as I cycled along.
Common Darters were seen occasionally on the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road, with a Southern Hawker patrolling over Connaught Avenue in Shoreham.
The dragonflies known as Common Darters were seen occasionally on the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road and Southern Hawkers patrolling over the Waterworks Road.
The dragonflies known as Common Darters and Southern Hawkers (including mating pairs) were seen occasionally on Mill Hill.
On a humid day Common Darters were frequently seen, on the Coastal Link Cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge, more on the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road and on the Pixie Path to Mill Hill.
Common Darters were occasionally seen on the Adur Levels (east side) with occasional Southern Hawkers on patrol.
A Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta, flew above the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road.
A Southern Hawker patrolled the Waterworks Road,
Both Migrant Hawkers and Southern Hawkers were seen over the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham; at least one of each of these dragonflies was confirmed, but there were probably more of them.
15 August 2006
A large Southern Hawker buzzed me by the stream at the northern edge of the Saltings Field near Botolphs. This was the first of these spectacular insects I had seen for over a year. There was a possible Southern Hawker* and a female Ruddy (or Common) Darter over the Waterworks Road (Old Shoreham) and a male definite Ruddy Darter in danger from the female Emperor, where there were a handful of Blue-tailed Damselflies including a mating pair. These damsels were also seen over a brook next to the Coastal Link Cyclepath.
(# This was a really large dragonfly and I thought it was a female Emperor at first.)
(* medium-sized dragonfly not positively identified.)
24 July 2006
A single male Ruddy Darter (dragonfly) was seen on Spring Dyke (next to Miller's Stream) but the field was too overgrown to enter with Hogweed up to two metres high.
A Banded Agrion Damselfly passed through my south Lancing garden at fence height without pausing to explore.
17 July 2006
On the lower slopes of Mil Hill, there was a large brownish damselfly, almost the same colour as a female Common Darter, but it landed for a couple seconds only with folded closed wings, so it must be a damsel.
I thought I would like to see some dragonflies myself, but blown along by a Fresh Breeze (Force 5) in 22.7 ºC sunshine, the best I could manage was a Broad-bodied Chaser east of Botolphs (on the cyclepath north of the South Downs Bridge over the Adur) and a dozen Blue-tailed Damselflies on the same drainage ditch 100 metres further north. The observation of the damselflies rather inferred that the larger predatory dragonflies were not on patrol.
13 July 2006
A splendid Southern Migrant Hawker, Aeshna affinis, and both male and female Ruddy Darters were captured on camera. They were discovered on the Adur Levels about a half mile north of the A27 Flyover. The dragonflies were seen in the narrow area of the drainage ditches and pastures between the cyclepath and the River Adur. (TQ 202 075). (This is very close to where I visited the day before.) The Southern Migrant Hawker is a rare immigrant dragonfly and the last one was discovered in Kent in 1952.
"Congratulations on the Southern Migrant Hawker, Aeshna affinis,! This is only the second-ever verified record from the UK mainland, though from the descriptions supplied it sounds as if one was also in Avon about 10 years ago. I'll look after getting the record accepted, though I think we can all assume this will just be a formality!
There have been quite a few of this Mediterranean sister species to Migrant Hawker seen in The Netherlands and Poland this year. Indeed they have been having records there for several years - like Lesser Emperor this is a species that has been expanding its range in recent times, probably as a result of climate change. It now appears to be pretty regular on Jersey, and I'm sure it's been overlooked in southern England in the past. Hopefully this will now change following your discovery!
Congratulations once again!"
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Local Flight Times
9 July 2006
19 June 2006
Damselflies, Coenagrion puella, seen
for the first time this year, were frequently seen on the Spring
Dyke and they appear to have just emerged from the adjacent Miller's
Adur Levels 2006
10 May 2006
A male Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo, graced my garden at Shermanbury.
pairs of Large Red-tailed Damselflies were
mating on the surface vegetation on the
stream bordering the Saltings Field, by the Oak
north of Botolphs.
Adur Levels 2006
4 May 2006
A Large Red-tailed Damselfly was the first Odonata of the year seen in a north Shoreham garden.
Adur Damselflies & Dragonflies (List of Species)