Adur Damsels and Dragons 2006
 
Damsels & Dragons 2007 Link
 
2 November 2006
Four Common Darters were recorded, two seen on the railing in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road, and two more on a wooden gate next the Coastal Link Cyclepath, north of the Fly-over and near a stream.
 
1 November 2006
Five Common Darters were recorded on Mill Hill and one was seen in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road.
 
28 October 2006
Just the one Common Darter was seen in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road.
 
27 October 2006
On a trip to the the lower slopes of Mill Hill, no dragonflies were seen.
 
23 October 2006
Just the one Common Darter was seen near the top of the Pixie Path to Mill Hill (where the stile was).
 
18 October 2006
There were two bright blue dragonflies patrolling the stream that runs north of Cuckoo's Corner and bordered by a field on either side. They never stopped, but they were not the Southern Hawker and matched the size of the Migrant Hawker. Later when these dragonflies flew off, the Common Darters appeared and they were frequently (at least a dozen) seen from Ladywell's Stream to the drainage ditches/streams bordering the fields next to the towpath running south from Cuckoo's Corner.
 
16-15 & 12-13 October 2006
Common Darters were seen occasionally in the sunshine on all these days.
 
8 October 2006
Just the one Common Darter was actually seen on the lower slopes of Mill Hill and none in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road. I was not looking for them and others may simply have been missed.
 
3 October 2006
A Southern Hawker  was held stationery in the breeze for a few seconds in Middle Road, Shoreham, before being blown over the Recreation Ground. Common Darters were frequently seen on a ride to the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road, on the Pixie Path to Mill Hill, and on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. The total number was over twenty.
 
26 September 2006

Common Darters were frequently seen on a trip along the Coastal Link Cyclepath, south of the Toll Bridge, in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road, on the Pixie Path to Mill Hill, and on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. The total number was over twenty.

20 September 2006
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.

Common Darter19 September 2006
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.

18 September 2006
Common Darters (dragonflies) were very frequently (50+) seen rising from the Coastal Link Cyclepath, south of the Toll Bridge, as I cycled along.

16 September 2006
Common Darters were seen occasionally on the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road, with a Southern Hawker patrolling over Connaught Avenue in Shoreham.

Common Darter15 September 2006
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.

11 September 2006
The dragonflies known as Common Darters and Southern Hawkers (including mating pairs) were seen occasionally on Mill Hill.

6 September 2006
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.

4 September 2006
Common Darters were occasionally seen on the Adur Levels (east side) with occasional Southern Hawkers on patrol.

27 August 2006
A Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta, flew above the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road.

20 August 2006
A Southern Hawker patrolled the Waterworks Road,

17 August 2006
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

There were small dragonflies everywhere, a dozen all at once over the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham. They were predictably mostly Common Darters, but they did include the first two Migrant Hawkers definitely confirmed this year (although they were probably seen a week ago).
 
Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta
 
8 August 2006
Two Southern Hawkers, Aeshna cyanea, and a Common Darter were positively identified from the Elm Corridor on New Monks Farm. The wings of the Southern Hawker appeared an iridescent golden tan colour in flight.
 
7 August 2006
A female Common Darter Dragonfly was seen around the vegetation in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road. It looked smaller than a lot of these darters I have seen.
 
6 August 2006

Six pairs of Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans, were mating over the stream at the northern edge of the Saltings Field near Botolphs. Ruddy Darters were on patrol and there were mating tandems of what looked like Common Darters in brownish-orange, but they could have been more Ruddy Darters. There were at least two other medium-sized dragonflies in flight over the Coastal Link Cyclepath but they were too quick to identify.
 
5 August 2006
A female Common Darter Dragonfly was seen on the wooden fence and then on the ground in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road.
 
4 August 2006
A female Ruddy Darter greeted me on the Pixie Path near Mill Hill.

 

 

2 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.

18 July 2006
A Banded Agrion Damselfly passed through my south Lancing garden at fence height without pausing to explore.

Report by Ray Hamblett on Lancing Nature Notes


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.

14 July 2006
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.
Adur Levels

13 July 2006

Southern Migrant Hawker (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)
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.
Identification by David Appleton
Photographs by Ray Hamblett (Lancing Nature Gallery)
on the flickr Sussex Wildlife Gallery

 "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!"
British Dragonfly Society Link         [Comment from Adrian Parr, BDS Migrant Dragonfly Project co-ordinator]

UK Dragonflies Yahoo Group
 
Ruddy Darter, male  (Photograph by Ray Hamblett) Ruddy Darter, female  (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)
Ruddy Darter
Ruddy Darter (female)

Local Flight Times

9 July 2006

A Broad-bodied Chaser (dragonfly) distracted my attention so much that I missed a fleeting glimpse of a Comma Butterfly in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road.
 

7 July 2006
On an overcast day with at least three predatory Southern Hawker Dragonflies (my first seen this year) actively patrolling the Waterworks Road, it was not surprising that the only butterflies seen were a Meadow Brown and two Red Admirals which could have been the same one.
 
3 July 2006
A medium to large dragonfly flew rapidly over the bridge over the A27 to Mill Hill. It flew too fast to be identified.
A smaller species, my first Common Darter* (dragonfly) of the year was seen at the northern end of the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
(* Could have been a female Ruddy Darter.)
 
28 June 2006

At least half a dozen attractive Broad-bodied Chasers (dragonflies) patrolled the reeds and shallow water of Lancing Ring Dewpond in the early afternoon sunshine.

19 June 2006

A Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans was seen in my Shoreham garden.
18 May 2006
A magnificent teneral Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa, cruised over the Dovecote Bank (at the top of The Drive, Shoreham).  I failed to see this dragonfly at all last year.
 
Broad-bodied Chaser
Broad-bodied Chaser

Azure 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 Stream.
Adur Levels 2006

10 May 2006

Beautiful Demoiselle (Photograph by Allen Pollard)

A male Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo, graced my garden at Shermanbury.

Shermanbury Report by Allen Pollard on the UK Dragonflies (Yahoo Group)


Red Damsels

Six pairs of Large Red-tailed Damselflies were mating on the surface vegetation on the stream bordering the Saltings Field, by the Oak tree, 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.


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A Large Red-tailed Damselfly was the first Odonata of the year seen in a north Shoreham garden.


Adur Damselflies & Dragonflies (List of Species)