& 14 November 2007
Two Common Darters were seen, one on each day on the outskirts of Shoreham.
Two Common Darters were seen, one in the Butterfly Copse near the Waterworks Road, and the other over the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
A Common Darter settled on a fence post on the the Pixie Path to Mill Hill.
A few Common Darters were seen over the Pixie Path and the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
Common Darters were very frequently to be seen, notable with over fifty in total over the Pixie Path and Mill Hill. A lot of them had greyish-blue abdomens. There was one Southern Hawker flying over the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge.
There was a Southern Hawker flying over the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge.
One Southern Hawker and a few Common Darters were seen on the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge.
8 October 2007
A few Common Darters were seen every day just about everywhere on the outskirts of Shoreham, the Adur valley and on the downs.
21 September 2007
One Southern Hawker flew north up Church Street, Shoreham. A dozen Common Blue Damselflies and one Ruddy Darter were all seen immediately over the Annington Sewer stream by the Oak tree at the northern boundary of the Salting's Field.
In a local Lancing garden with a large Carp pond, an Emperor Dragonfly stopped to rest on the Privet hedge I was about to cut. A few minutes later a Common Darter settled nearby.
24 July 2007
On the the top long sward of the wildlife meadow north of the upper car park of Mill Hill, a Common Blue Damselfly flitted between the tall herbs. A Common Darter was silhouetted against the sky from the top of Mill Hill looking south.
A Southern Hawker cruised along the Waterworks Road.
A dozen Common Blue Damselflies, one Ruddy Darter and one Southern Hawker were all the first of the year for these damselflies and dragonflies. And they were all seen immediately over the Annington Sewer stream by the Oak tree at the northern boundary of the Salting's Field, east of Annington.
My first Common Darter (dragonfly) of 2007 was spotted on a Buddleia on the Downs Link path south of the Buffer Stop in Shoreham town.
At Annington Corner (by the Oak Tree), I noted about twenty Common Blue Damselflies and a handful of Large Red Damselflies over the stream. A least one pair of Common Blue Damselflies were pairing up, but mostly they were flitting about.
They would not stay still for more than a second and then they usually rested briefly deep in amongst the Stinging Nettles.
A flash of orange and now there were two female Broad-bodied Chasers (dragonflies), Libellula depressa, seen on the southern part of the Slonk Hill bank over the vegetation bordering the path.
My garden pond (in Portslade) was alive with Blue-Tailed Damselflies in the morning. My best count was thirteen. This does not count three immature damselflies that had just hatched from larvae on the Iris stems. These were still a creamy white colour.
At first it looked like a gigantic wasp, but it was just too big and recognised as a female Broad-bodied Chaser (dragonfly), Libellula depressa, seen on the southern part of the Slonk Hill bank over the vegetation bordering the path. This was my first of the year. In the afternoon two males and another female Broad-bodied Chaser were disturbed on the footpath that runs along the southern part of Frampton's Field. The males have a pale blue abdomen.
A large dragonfly patrolled the bottom scrub on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. I could not see what species, but it was not a Broad-bodied Chaser and it was probably a Hairy Dragonfly, Brachytron pratense, and its appearance fitted. There was an unidentified blue damselfly over the drainage ditch/stream to the north of of Cuckoo's Corner (TQ 202 067).
A Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo, was seen in a Shoreham garden where there are only very small pools.
1 May 2007
of pronotums of blue damsels
Adur Damselflies & Dragonflies (List of Species)