The early dragonfly catches the….err, attention of wildlife lovers?

Looks like it could be an early spring for dragonflies.

Steve Burch wrote this to the Oxon birders blog:

As some of you may have noticed, the recent fine and warm weather has had an amazing effect on the dragonflies and damselflies in Oxfordshire. By the end of April, there have been records of at least eleven species:

  • Common Clubtail
  • Hairy Dragonfly
  • Downy Emerald
  • Four spotted Chaser
  • Broad bodied Chaser
  • Banded Demoiselle
  • Common Blue Damselfly
  • Azure Damselfly
  • Blue-tailed Damselfly
  • Large Red Damselfly
  • Red eyed Damselfly

This total must be without recent precedent at least. Last year for example there had only been sightings of two species by the end of April. Many of the above don’t usually emerge until well into May or even June!

There’s more info on Steve’ site at: http://www.stephenburch.com/dragonflies/oxondnews2011.htm.

In the garden my first Large Red’s emerged this year from the Old Pond on the 25 April; last year the first were on 9th May, exactly two weeks later.

Out in the ‘wild’ there’s a fantastic display of Water-violet on one of our very best ponds: the Fowl’s Pill on Otmoor in Oxfordshire (it’s one of the Pond Conservation home page circulating lead pictures at the moment). Water-violet normally flowers in May but must have been blooming for a fortnight already at this pond.

Maybe it’s an early year for life in water generally? Anyone seen any other early events?

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2 Responses to “The early dragonfly catches the….err, attention of wildlife lovers?”

  1. Andrew Says:

    In my garden pond, only created mid/late summer last year I’ve so far had over 25 Broad-bodied Chasers emerge! The pond is only about 1.5mx2.5m

    http://www.pbase.com/chambersa1/image/134397483

  2. Tristan Hatton-Ellis Says:

    These don’t usually spawn until late May-June (not my images I hasten to add). I think the warm water and low flows have got them going…

    http://www.headwaters.co.uk/sea_lamprey.html

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