Irish Dragonfly News 2010

News and reports of sightings of Irish dragonflies will appear here from the beginning of the 2010 season. The most recent news received will be at the top of the page. Please send your records to jimrippey@tiscali.co.uk. By preference I will use the vernacular names from the British Wildlife European Dragonfly Guide, but with the BDS names given frequently. Scientific names will be given on all occasions.

Ian Rippey

CAITRIONA DOUGLAS (VIA BRIAN NELSON)

4th November 2010: 1 male Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii at Skehanagh, c. 4 miles ENE of Caherdaniel, South Kerry (V6161); 2 photographs received (via Brian Nelson) showed it to be a mature male in good condition. This is the first county record for this species in Co. Kerry.

This is the first Irish record of this migratory species since a male was seen by Tom Gittings at Ballcrenane Strand on the eastern side of Ballycotton Bay, West Cork (W191061) on 1st June 2009 (see http://www.entomology.org.uk/dragonflyireland.htm) and 10th June 2008 at Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford, by Niall T. Keogh (see http://www.entomology.org.uk/news2008.htm). It is also the latest Irish date for this species though 1 was also seen on 24th October 2006 in Co. Wexford (see http://www.mothsireland.com/dragonfly/odonatanews.htm). Previous Irish records have been 1 on 6th July 2007 at Raven, Co. Wexford, 1 on 12th July 2007 at Cronykeery near Ashford, Co. Wicklow (see http://www.entomology.org.uk/summer2007.htm); in 2006 it was seen on 2nd July & possibly 17th June (Cork), 5th July (Wexford), 14th July (Dublin), 24th October in Co. Wexford (see http://www.mothsireland.com/dragonfly/odonatanews.htm); 16th July & possibly 17th July 2005 at Tacumshin, Co. Wexford (see http://www.mothsireland.com/dragonfly/odonatajuly2005.htm), possibly an adult on 2nd August 2003 in Co. Wexford (see http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/news2003.htm); a possible on 23rd May & 2 on 3rd June 2002 at Ring Marsh, Tacumshin, Co. Wexford, 1 in Co. Down on 22nd June 2002, 1 in mid-July 2002 and 1 c. late August 2002 both in Co. Dublin, and a female photographed at Carnsore Point, Co. Wexford, on 26th September 2002 (see http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/news2002.htm)), 1 in June 2000 in Co. Longford (see http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/news2001.htm), 22nd June near Youghal in Co. Cork, 1 on 2nd July & possibly late June around Tacumshin, Co. Wexford, "plenty" including a probable ovipositing pair there c. 24th July 2000, and "good numbers" with 3 pairs, 2 ovipositing, also at Tacumshin on 6th August 2000 (see http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/news.htm.). In 1998 1 was seen on 18th and 19th August at Ballynahatten near Kilkeel, Co. Down, and 1 in Co. Wexford on 26th August; the only previous Irish record was of several in 1941 and 1942 at Cornafean, Co. Cavan, where it is thought to have bred.

In 2010 there have been several records from Britain; 1 was recorded in Norfolk on 17th/18th July, 1 in Dorset on 23rd July, 1 in Wiltshire on 24th July, and in Kent in late July (see http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/hotnews.asp?OldNews=Y). I can find no 2010 reports of this species in the Dragonfly Reports in British Wildlife magazine for June, August or October 2010.


PETER DOYLE

6th November 2010: 1 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta and 1 Darter, probably Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum seen during a brief period of sunshine at east end of Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford (c. T0405).

IAN RIPPEY

30th October 2010: At least 2 male and 2 female Black Darter Sympetrum danae and 2 male Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum in Bog Garden (c. H8960) and 1 Black Darter between "Peat Cuttings" and "Annagarriff Wood" (c. H8961), both in Peatlands Park, Co. Armagh; all were seen resting on wooden boardwalks in bright sunshine (temperature was c. 11 deg. C.) and appeared in good condition. Both species have been regularly seen here in the first few days of November in most recent years.

ANGUS TYNER

30th October 2010: 1 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta at Cronkeery near Ashford, Co. Wicklow (T2998).

27th October 2010: 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Cronkeery near Ashford, Co. Wicklow (T2998).

IAN RIPPEY 18.10.2010

With cold weather predicted this week (including frost and even snow on mountains) the Odonata season is coming to an end (despite 7 Odonata species being reported so far in October), though odd specimens of Common and Black Darter and Autumn Hawker might survive in mild areas for a few more days or even into November. If you have any records (or know of any by others) in 2010 not already on this website please E-mail them to me asap.

GEOFF HUNT

16th October 2010: 5 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta and 2 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at the Shannon Airport Lagoon, Co. Clare (R370597).

DAVID NIXON

16th October 2010: 2 male Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta (one of which was perched and gave prolonged views in a telescope) at Ardilea near Dundrum, Co. Down (J416387). This is I believe the latest it has been recorded in Northern Ireland though recorded in mid-November in Co. Wexford.

IAN RIPPEY

16th October 2010: 4-6 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Navan Quarry, Armagh (H849453).

15th October 2010: 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Navan Quarry, Armagh (H849453).

ANGUS KENNEDY

13th October 2010: Angus E-mailed me (IR) a picture of a male Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta taken resting on the vegetation "on the front of the walled garden at Temple Water", Castleward, near Strangford, Co. Down (J749/J5750), on 13th October. He also said " My wife had visited Castle Ward a week or two previously to pick blackberries and she told me she had seen upwards of a score of similar looking dragonflies. She had taken a photo of one of them, but it was too blurry to distinguish what sort of hawker it was. She saw them actually resting on the blackberry bushes which are a bit further along the path from the temple and the end of the lake."

Later in an E-mail of 18.10.2010 he stated that the Grid Reference was J5743050318 (from http://www.biology.ie/convert.php). This means that this is a new 10 x 10 km. Grid Square Record for J55 for the Autumn Hawker, to add to J54 (where it has been recorded each year from 2006-2010) and also J43 and J44 (where it has been recorded in both 2009 & 2010). I also saw what was almost certainly this species (though it just might have been Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea) near Strand Lough, Killough (in J53) on 19th September 2010. All these are in Co. Down, the only Northern Ireland county where the species has been reported so far.


IAN RIPPEY & KEN STEWART

11th October 2010: c. 6 male and 2 female Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea (1 of the latter ovipositing in bog pool), at least 3 male Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum and 2 male Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Brackagh Bog NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh (J0251). This is the latest date I have seen Ruddy Darter and may be among the latest dates for Northern Ireland at least, if not Ireland.

DAVID NIXON

11th October 2010: At least 6 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta (all males except for one female in tandem) around Ardilea pond near Clough, Co. Down (J416387). David says that Dragonflies (which may have been this species) were also seen there recently by Andrew Crory.

GEOFF HUNT 10th October 2010: 3 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Tacumshin, Co. Wexford (c. T0405).

IAN RIPPEY 12.10.2010


PETER DOYLE

9th October 2010: 2-3 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta at Kilbogget Park River Flash, South Dublin (c. O241248).

GEOFF HUNT

8th October 2010: 3 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at "Hunt Lough", Aughinish, Shannon Estuary, Co. Limerick (R2853).

IAN RIPPEY

7th October 2010: Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, at least 3 male and 1 female Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum, in good condition, and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Brackagh Bog NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh (J0251). Several other unidentified darters which could have been Ruddy and/or Common Darters.

6th October 2010: 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Brackagh Bog NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh (J0251).

PETER DOYLE

3rd October 2010: 5+ Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta including a pair perched in tandem, and 1 male Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Kilbogget Park River Flash, South Dublin (c. O241248).

DAVID NIXON

2nd October 2010: 2 Hawkers Aeshna spp. were patrolling in the vicinity of the railway track at Dundrum North Inner Bay at Ardilea near Clough, Co. Down (J416387). David at first thought these must be Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, but in view of his observation there on 11th October, now believes they were probably Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta.


COUNTY WEXFORD SEPTEMBER 2010 (From http://www.wildside.ie/news.php?art=94)

DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES: The following species were noted during the month: Emperor; Brown Hawker; Common Hawker; Migrant Hawker; Common Darter.


PETER DOYLE

25th September 2010: Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta, Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum were all observed (although not in large numbers as it was a fairly cool day) at Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford (c. T0405).

IAN RIPPEY

3rd October 2010: 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea (1 male, other probably a female), probably 25+ each of Black Darter Sympetrum danae and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum including several ovipositing pairs of both, and 5 male Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa at Peatlands Park, Co. Armagh (H8960/H8961). 3 male and 1 female Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, c. 6 each of Black Darter Sympetrum danae and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, and 1 male and 2 female Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa at Montiaghs Moss NNR, Aghalee, Co. Armagh (J0965).

1st October 2010: 2-4 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, c. 6 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 1 male Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa at Navan Quarry, Armagh (H849453). It is I think 1986 since I last saw Amber-winged Hawker in October and I believe October records are rare, particularly in Northern Ireland.

TED ROLSTON

30th September 2010: 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and 6 Black Darter Sympetrum danae at Montiaghs Moss NNR, Aghalee, Co. Antrimm (J0965).


IAN RIPPEY 28.9.2010

The Southern Migrant Hawker (or Blue-eyed Hawker) Aeshna affinis has been recorded in Britain in 2010, with up to 8 of both sexes recorded from 20th July onwards at Hadleigh Country Park, Essex, and a single also at Cliffe in Kent in late July; see "British Wildlife" 21 No. 6 August 2010: 429, http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/hotnews.asp and http://my.opera.com/Ukwildlife/blog/southern-migrant-hawker-at-hadleigh-country-park-essex. Prior to 2010 there were only 5 British records, 4 of them in 2006. Given its broad similarity to the Autumn or Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta, it could be easily overlooked as that species. It is probably a bit soon to expect it to turn up in Ireland, although since the Yellow-winged or Lesser Emperor Anax parthenope was unknown in Britain until 1996 and has since been recorded at a number of sites in Ireland over a period of years from 2000, and has been seen in tandem (though not yet proved to breed) then the same rapid expansion could potentially happen with the Southern Migrant Hawker. The Autumn Hawker was also unknown in Ireland until about 1998 (when it was seen at Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford, though this was not reported at the time) but has since colonised a number of mainly eastern and southern counties. The Southern Migrant Hawker is said to be similar to the Autumn Hawker but bluer; abdominal segment 2 is blue and the sides of the thorax are blue-green with fine dark lines, and the blue on the abdomen is a little more prominent than in that species; it also lacks the yellow T-shaped marking on abdominal segment 2 found in Aeshna mixta. It is found in Southern Europe and Asia.

IAN RIPPEY

27th September 2010: 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and 3 or 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at The Mill Pond (actually a fair sized lake, Burren Townland, Warrenpoint, Co. Down (J128209). A rather late date for the Amber-winged Hawker, and one of few records for Co. Down (and the first I am aware of this year) although I also remember seeing 1 here a few years ago.

BRIAN WOODALL

22nd September 2010: Mr. Woodall (who is originally from England), who lives at Bishops "Mountain" (barely 120 metres above sea level) near Downpatrick (J4046) in East Down, told me in a phone call on 22nd September that he has recorded about 7 species of Odonata including both Dragonflies ("Darters and Hawkers") and Damselflies on his land, which includes a peaty pond (with no fish!). He believes he may have seen the Blue Emperor Anax imperator there (he described one species as "almost the size of a bird"). Given its spread in Ireland, and its occurrence not too many miles away in Co. Louth, it may be worth investigating its possible presence here in future years; so far the only record from Northern Ireland is 1 seen by Don Hodgers at Cashel Lake Upper, Co. Armagh (c. H9619), on 3rd August 2006 (see http://www.mothsireland.com/dragonfly/odonatanews.htm).

IAN RIPPEY

19th September 2010: 3 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta, c. 6 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Lough Money near Downpatrick, Co. Down (J5345). 1 clear-winged Hawker, probably Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta, but just possibly Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum NW of Strand Lough, Killough, Co. Down (J5238). As far as I know, Moorland Hawker has not been seen in the Lecale Peninsula, Co. Down, which covers the area between Downpatrick, Strangford, Ardglass, Killough, and Dundrum, Co. Down and as Aeshna mixta was recorded at 3 or 4 sites in the area in 2009 it seems most likely to be this species; the habitat also resembled that favoured by Aeshna mixta.

PHILIP MCHAFFIE

19th September 2010: 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Capanagh Forest near Glenarm, Co. Antrim (D307038). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis at Slieveanorra Forest near Cushendun, Co. Antrim (D164268). 1 Black Darter Sympetrum danae at Loughareema, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim (D206360). Philip also states "Many years ago I lived in Upperlands, Co. Londonderry (c. C8705), and Brown (Amber-winged) Hawker (Aeshna grandis) was a frequent sight but I have nothing to prove this!" He also states that this was "between 30-35 years ago and it was always (single) individuals. At that time there were at least 3 smallish ponds in the grounds of a large house and there were several dams used to provide power for the local factory which has since closed."

These 2 records of Aeshna grandis are interesting, particularly the recent one from Slieveanorra Forest, as it is almost unknown north of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland, probably due to its avoidance of more acid waters and upland areas which predominate in this part of Northern Ireland. The only other records I am aware of in this area are a 10 km. x 10 km. Grid Square Record for D10 (some miles north or east of Ballymena, Co. Antrim) shown at http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/5625_m.htm, and several Co. Londonderry records: single specimens seen by me at Banagher Forest near Dungiven (C6704), and Ness Wood near Londonderry (C5211), about 1981 and 1997 respectively, and a dead specimen found by Mrs. A. McConnell near Limavady (c. C6623) I believe in the 1980s. It is of course possible that all these records relate to stray specimens.

PETER DOYLE

12th September 2010: 1 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta at Booterstown Marsh, Co. Dublin (c. O200304).

11th September 2010: 1 male Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 6+ Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta (including 2 pairs in the air together) and 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at the newly created river widening in Kilbogget Park, Cabinteely, South Dublin (c. O241248).

IAN RIPPEY

9th September 2010: c. 4 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, c. 4 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, c. 20 Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum including a mating pair, 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 1 male Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa at Brackagh Bog NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh (J0251). Apart from the record of c. 30 on 1st August at Newchapel Turlough, North Tipperary, this is easily the largest number of Ruddy Darter reported this year; very few others seem to have been reported and I failed to see it at several sites where I would have expected it.

IAN RIPPEY

5th September 2010: c. 4 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 2-3 males and a female Black Darter Sympetrum danae, and 1 male Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa on bog at Porteen & Ballyrevagh near River Suck, Co. Roscommon (M8540). 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and c. 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Culleenirwan Lough, Taghmaconnell, Co. Roscommon (M8846). 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 1 Black Darter Sympetrum danae, and c. 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Derrycolumb Bog, Lough Ree, Co. Longford (N0959).

4th September 2010: 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 3 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and 1 black male Black Darter Sympetrum danae on edge of bog at Kellysgrove near Ballinasloe, North East Galway (M8527). 4-6 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, c. 20+ (2-4 mating pairs, 2-3 females and c. 12 black males) Black Darter Sympetrum danae, and 2 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa around bog at Cloonascragh, Ballinasloe, North-East Galway (M8725). 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Feevagh Beg, Taghmaconnell, Co. Roscommon (M8642). A smallish clear-winged hawker seen (POSSIBLY an Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta, though it may have been a Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea), and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at St. Johns Wood, Rinnagan, Lough Ree, Co. Roscommon (M9956). The Autumn Hawker has not I believe been recorded from Roscommon, or other midland counties closer than Co. Kildare.

3rd September 2010: 3 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 2-3 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, and c. 5 male and 2 female Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Dohyle Lake, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick (R3643). Up to 2 male Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta (seen at different spots but possibly the same individual), and 3-4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum in area of mainly felled deciduous woodland at Inishmurry, Shannon Estuary, Co. Clare (R2456). 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum by small pool in rocky area at Cooga, SW of Ennis, Co. Clare (R270616). 4-6 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta, 2-3 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, and c. 6 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum in fields and along roadside at Muckanagh near Sixmilebridge, Co, Clare (R441691). At least 1 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta, 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum along roadside at edge of cut-over bog at Muckanagh (R441696). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum in field at Muckanagh (R441698). 1-3 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta (1 definite specimen seen in 2 different but nearby spots, and 1 possible specimen seen at another nearby spot) and 1 female Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa near Ardaun Lough, Kilmurry, Co. Clare (R486706). 2-3 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta around hazel wood at Enagh West, Kilmurry, Co. Clare (R487702), not far south of Ardaun Lough. Another possible Autumn Hawker was also seen on the roadside between Muckanagh and Kilmurry. 1 (female) Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta caught (and possibly another Migrant Hawker seen), 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, and 3 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Glenstall Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick (R7356).

There are few previous records of Autumn Hawker from Limerick or Clare; I believe that prior to 2010, it had been recorded only at Dohyle Lake near Askeaton, Co. Limerick (although, despite good weather, it was not seen there on 3rd September) and around pools at Shannon Airport, Co. Clare. Obviously there was a significant concentration (8-14) of Autumn Hawkers in east Clare on 3rd September (which was a warm and bright though somewhat breezy, day) with 1 or 2 specimens also in South Clare and Co. Limerick; it is difficult to be sure whether these were migrant or locally bred specimens, though the latter seems more likely in the case of the east Clare sightings. These were at or close to lakes in a limestone area (though the rocks are mainly drift-covered) and there are quite a few other lakes in this general area, where the species might also occur if looked for. These seem to be the most northerly records of the species in western Ireland though it occurs as far north as Co. Down in the east.

DAVID NIXON

3rd September 2010: 3 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta at Lough Money (J5345), and 3 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta at Ballydugan (J4642), both near Downpatrick, Co. Down.

IAN RIPPEY

2nd September 2010: 1-2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea (1 male identified), 2 mating pair, 1 female and 2-3 male Black Darter Sympetrum danae, and 1 male Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa on blanket bog at Emlaghdreenagh, north of Waterville, South Kerry (V4769). A large clear-winged dragonfly seen on the roadside at Chapeltown, Valentia Island, South Kerry (V3975) was probably a Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, as Autumn Hawker Aesha mixta has not, I believe, been recorded yet in County Kerry, though it has been found all the neighbouring counties.

1st September 2010: 1 female Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo on River Maine at Connigar near Farranfore, North Kerry (Q892048). 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea each at Dunkilla (V7264), around Buddleja at Dunkilla (V7364), Rossdohan (V723640) and Rossmore Island (V771658), all east of Sneem, South Kerry. 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum near Rossdohan Pier east of Sneem, South Kerry (V719636). 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 1 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa and 6-8 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Lough Fadda east of Sneem, South Kerry (V762664).


COUNTY WEXFORD AUGUST 2010 (From http://www.wildside.ie/news.php?art=85)

DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES: The following species were noted during the month: Emperor; Brown Hawker; Common Hawker, Migrant Hawker (24 on 30th in Raven Nature Reserve); Common Darter; Four-spotted Chaser. Emerald Damselfly; Azure Damselfly; Blue-tailed Damselfly. A Beautiful Demoiselle was seen at Eden Vale on 7th.

http://www.wildside.ie/news.php?art=86 also contains the following (written by Christopher Wilson, who was also responsible for compiling the other Monthly Reports in Co. Wexford) on the Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum

WILD SPECIES OF THE MONTH – Ruddy Darter Dragonfly – this bright red, small sized dragonfly is similar in looks to its cousin the Common Darter and is regularly seen, particularly at this time, of year as it darts about, hovers and then perches conveniently on a twig, on the ground or some other open exposed position in such a way as it is always facing the open space. One can approach, with stealth, close enough to look carefully at the legs which are black in the Ruddy Darter and black with white sides in the Common Darter. The mature male Ruddy Darter’s bright red body is always a deeper and richer red than that observed in the mature Common Darter, whereas the females of both species tend to be more yellow in colour and one is advised to check the colour of the legs to confirm identification. Both of these Dragonfly species are resident in the County, but there does appear to have been a range contraction of the Ruddy Darter over the past couple of years. It is not yet known whether this is just a local change in the population, which although worrying may only be temporary, or whether this is a trend that is happening on a wider scale. I am trying to ascertain whether this has been noticed/recorded elsewhere – watch this space for more information. Ruddy Darters used to be really common in the Raven Nature Reserve, but over the past two years there have been very few sightings recorded. In 2002, although never as common as the similar looking Common Darter, my nephew wrote ‘not another bloody ruddy darter’ and as stated now single specimens stand out as significant records. The life cycle of the Ruddy Darter is usually completed in one year – from egg to larva to adult. Mature larva complete emergence usually a short way up a plant stem in the early morning and this process takes about two hours. In good years adults can be on the wing from July into October. So next time you see a red darter dragonfly, try to approach and ascertain whether the legs are all black or not. Any sightings of Ruddy Darter - please – will you contact info AT wildside.ie – Thank-You.


IAN RIPPEY

31st August 2010: 2 male and 2 female Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens, c. 4 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, and 1 mature blue male Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens at Rockvale Bridge, Boston, Burren, Co. Clare (R387986). 15-20 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 2-3 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 1 male Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum, c. 8 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, c. 8 Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens (mostly males, but 2 females seen) and 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Kilcorkan near Boston, Burren, Co. Clare (R3899). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, and 2 male and 1 female Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum near Cragmoher Lake (sic!), Corofin, Co. Clare R293865. 1 female Moorland Hawker ovipositing in a pool at edge of blanket bog at Kilmore North, Kilfenora, Co. Clare (R2090).

A pleasing number and variety of Odonata at Rockvale Bridge and Kilcorkan, which are adjacent and (along with Drumadeevna, the area lying west of the road about half a mile north) form basically one large site, which is rich in Odonata (with at least 13 species seen, though there could be several more Zygoptera species) and also Butterflies. A male Keeled Skimmer was seen about half a mile north of Rockvale Bridge in August 1999. I can remember seeing several immature Keeled Skimmers along with larger numbers of Black-tailed Skimmers Orthetrum cancellatum at Ballyeighter Wood, Co. Clare (R3493) some years ago (possibly in 2004), but apart from the 1999 specimen I think the only other record of the species from North Clare may be in 1959, perhaps around around Inchiquin Lake near Corofin. Whether the species breeds in the Burren is not known; this is possible, though it tends not to favour the predominantly lime-rich waters which dominate the locality. The total of 20+ Amber-winged Hawkers (along with similar numbers seen near Gort, S.E. Galway, on 30th August) seen was one of very few significant numbers of this species reported in 2010, and the record of a Ruddy Darter one of very few this year.

30th August 2010: c. 4 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 1 male Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa near Gort Golf Club, South East Galway (M422023). c. 15 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis & c. 15 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Ballylennan/Coole near Gort, South-east. Galway (M4302). 1-2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Cooloorta near Boston, Burren, Co. Clare (R3496). c. 8 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and c. 8 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Ballyeighter Wood, Boston, Co. Clare (R3493).

GEOFFREY HUNT

29th August 2010: 1 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta, 6 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis; 1 Blue Emperor Anax imperator, 1 "over-ripened" Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum, and 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at the Lagoon at Shannon Airport (R370597), Co. Clare. 1 Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta, 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 2 Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum, 2 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 1 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, and 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans at the Pond, Shannon Airport (R365601). Geoff also saw 2 Glossy Ibis!

The first 2010 reports of Autumn Hawker I am aware of in Ireland, though out since 24th July in Essex (see http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/hotnews.asp), with 1 also seen in Berkshire on 11th July (British Wildlife Volume 21 No. 6, August 2010, page 428). It has been recorded at Shannon Airport for several years now. This is also a late date for Blue Emperor and especially Black-tailed Skimmer (though the latter has been seen as late as 11th September 2005 in Co. Dublin). It is also one of very few records of the Ruddy Darter this year, and the only one I know of from Clare apart from 1 subsequently in the Burren on 31st August,

PETER DOYLE

28th August 2010: Male and female Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 2 male Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens, and 6+ Black Darter Sympetrum danae, all resting in vegetation at the Upper Lake, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (c. T1096), on a windy and wet day.

IAN RIPPEY

26th August 2010: 2 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Cranfield East, Kilkeel, Co. Down (J2710). 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Glasdrumman House, Newcastle, Co. Down (J3721).

25th August 2010: 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Navan Fort, Armagh (H847451). c. 10 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 2-3 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 8-10 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 2-3 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa & 3 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Navan Quarry, Armagh (H849453).

PETER DOYLE

22nd August 2010: 2 male and 1 female Blue Emperor Anax imperator at the newly created river widening in Kilbogget Park, Cabinteely, South Dublin (c. O241248).

GEOFF HUNT

22nd August 2010: 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, and 24 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Dooneen near Castleisland, North Kerry (R007314). 3 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 3 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 12 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa at Leamyglissane near Scartaglen, North Kerry (R093006). 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, and 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Gneevgullia quarry, North Kerry (W115983). A rather late date for Spring Redtail, though I may also have seen one in Co. Fermanagh on 20th August; also the largest number of Common Darter reported during the year; it seems to have been a poor year for it, with very few observations in double figures.

IAN RIPPEY

21st August 2010: 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and 1 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum near Visitor Centre, Crom Estate, Upper Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh (H371239). 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at western edge of woodland at Marble Arch Glen, Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh (H121345). 3 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Reilly Wood NNR, Upper Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh (H3325).

JOE DEVLIN & CLIFFORD SHARPE

21st August 2010: 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis in walled garden on Inisherk Island, Crom Estate, Co. Fermanagh (H355241). 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis at Reilly Wood NNR, Co. Fermanagh (H3325).

IAN RIPPEY

20th August 2010: 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis at Castle Coole Estate, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh (H2543). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis at West Bridge, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh (H231443). 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, c. 10 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, c. 8 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, 1 female Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and a probable Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula near Doagh Lough, Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh (H071519). 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis near wood north of Doagh Lough, Derrygonnelly (H075513). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis on roadside west of Monawilkin near Derrygonnelly (H083525).

PAMELA THOMLINSON (BELFAST NATURALISTS FIELD CLUB)

21st August 2010: 1 female Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa at Banagher Glen, Dungiven, Co. Londonderry (C6704) - see http://www.bnfc.org.uk/Summer%20Programme/Reports_2010.htm.

GEOFF HUNT

20th August 2010: 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula & 4 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Shannon Airport, Co. Clare (R365601). 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 3 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 6 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Knocka Lough, Kilmihill, Co. Clare (R143634).

IAN RIPPEY

17th August 2010: 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum near small lake at Carrowcarlin west of Castleward Estate, Strangford, Co. Down (J5548).

PHILIP MCHAFFIE

14th August 2010: 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Bog Meadows, Belfast, Co. Antrim (J315725).

KEN STEWART

14th August 2010: Male Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea photographed at Brackagh Bog NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh (J0251).

DAVID NIXON

14th August 2010: 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and about 15 Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens along Lagan Towpath at Lisburn, Co. Antrim /Down (c. J2663). The former species was on the Antrim side as were some but not all of the latter. There are few sites for Aeshna grandis either in Down or Antrim.

13th August 2010: 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Bohill Forest near Ballynahinch, County Down (J3946).

GEOFF HUNT

13th August 2010: 3 Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens, 12 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 8 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Knocknagashel Quarry, Castleisland, North Kerry (R065227). This is actually the first sighting by Geoff of a Common (or any other) Darter so far this year; I have also found it and the other darters (indeed most of the high and late summer Odonata) scarce or very scarce this year.

12th August 2010: 5 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and 2 Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum at the Shannon Airport lagoon, Co. Clare (R374594).

SEAN CORCORAN

10th August 2010: A picture of a male Blue Emperor Anax imperator is shown alongside this date with the caption "Ireland's largest Dragonfly, the Emperor, investigating the photographer recently. Ack. to Sean Corcoran" on http://www.waterfordwildlife.com/lepidoptera.htm. No locality is given but the website refers to Wildlife in Co. Waterford.

NIALL T. KEOGH & NOEL KEOGH

8th August 2010: A male Blue Emperor Anax imperator, 2 Four-spotted Chasers Libellula quadrimaculata & a male Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum seen patrolling a small section of shoreline along the causeway at the north east corner of Lady's Island Lake, Co. Wexford (T 106 075). At least two male Black-tailed Skimmers Orthetrum cancellatum were seen holding territory out from 'The High Car Park' at the east end of Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford (T 062 062). Another record of Black-tailed Skimmer from this site, which I believe is the only known one in Wexford, and perhaps the 1st example of more than 1 at a time; breeding has not I think been proved yet in the county. I can find records of single individuals only at this site on 10th July 2005 by Hugh Delaney, Noel Keogh, & Joe Adamson, on 16th July 2005 by Peter Doyle though there may have been more than 1 seen here on 10th July 2008 by Niall Keogh, although a Skimmer reported here in 2005 by Tom Kilbane was probably also this species and would have been the 1st record for Wexford.

GEOFF HUNT

5th August 2010: Beautiful Jewelwings Calopteryx virgo near the bridge over the Gearhameen River close to Lord Brandons Cottage, Upper Lake of Killarney, South Kerry (V884821). 3 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 2 Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens and Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa near Lough Beg, Upper Lake of Killarney, South Kerry (V894813). 3 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at "Middle Lake" (presumably Cummeenduff Lake, c. V8381) in the Black Valley west of the Upper Lake, Killarney, South Kerry.

PHILIP MCHAFFIE

1st August 2010: 1 male Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Cleggan Forest near Broughshane, Co. Antrim (D207147).

PETER DOYLE

1st August 2010: 1 male Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea in the Druids Glen, Leopardstown, Co. Dublin (c. O1925/O2025), and 1 male Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and 1 male Blue Emperor Anax imperator in Cabinteely Park, South Dublin (c. O230255).

27th July 2010: 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea in back garden at Killiney, South Dublin (c. O2525).

25th July 2010: 6-8 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and 3 Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo in the vicinity of Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow (c. S9968).

GEOFF HUNT

I: 3 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Moorland Hawker I, and 3 Beautiful Jewelwings Calopteryx virgo at White River at Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick (R194463).

KEN STEWART

27th July 2010: 1 male Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens on the northern slope of Wee Slievemoughan (J245253), in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, on a wet patch of peat on the open slope of the hillside. This is about 2 km. from Leitrim which is the largest colony of the species in Northern Ireland though whether it was a stray from there or a separate small colony is unclear.

IAN RIPPEY

25th July to 8th August 2010: This period was spent in various counties in western, southern and central Ireland. The weather though not cold or particularly wet was often dull and breezy, so conditions were not ideal, and there were no really sunny or very warm days, although some field work was possible every day. In general, numbers of Odonata were low (though water levels in turloughs in the Burren and Tipperary were fairly high), but a total of 16 species (9 Anisoptera and 7 Zygoptera species) were seen. Highlights included the first 2010 sightings of the Turlough Spreadwing Lestes dryas in 2010 in Ireland I am aware of, at 2 sites in North Tipperary; a few more records of Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum (South-east Galway, Limerick and North Tipperary); Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum (Cos. Limerick and Galway); Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens (Co. Kerry and Galway), an exceptionally late Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense (Co. Clare on 6th August); Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo (Co. Kerry), and Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens (Cos. Limerick and Kerry). Individual records for each of the 15 days follow:

8th August 2010: 2-3 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans around marsh at Horseleap Lough between Moylough and Tuam (M558465); 5-6 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 2-3 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 2 male and 2-3 female Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa around esker near Summervile Lough near Moylough (c. M601499, though this area lies on the boundary of 4 adjacent 10 x 10 km. squares), both North-east Galway.

7th August 2010: 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Ballyeighter Wood, Burren, Co. Clare (R3493). 1 or 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Aghaglinny North near Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare (M1710). 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Formoyle West, Caher River Valley, Burren, Co. Clare (M1608). Mr. Carl Wright, who lives at nearby Carha Bridge (M163983) over the Caher River in this locality, told me that both he and visitors had noticed largish blue-green "butterfly-like" damseflies on the stream here (I looked for these but did not find any, or have I seen any here during several previous visits from 1997 onwards). Looking at my copy of the book "The Natural History of Ireland's Dragonflies". Brian Nelson, & Robert Thompson, 2004. MAGNI Publication No. 013. The National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB. 454 pp. ISBN 0 900761 45 8, he thought that they had the wings almost entirely blue and hence were closer to Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo rather than the Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens. Although the latter occurs locally on limestone streams in the eastern Burren, I know of no records from the central or western Burren, though have seen it around Ennistymon not far south of the Burren. Although Calopteryx virgo has been seen in SE and (more widely) in SW Clare, the only specimen I know of in North Clare or in the vicinity of the Burren is 1 (probably a stray) seen by me on 19th June 2003 in a disused quarry at Ballykeel North (R1696) between Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna.

6th August 2010: 1 male Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense caught, still in good condition, 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 8-10 male and 1 female Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens, 1 male Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans ∓ 4 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Kilcorkan near Boston, Co. Clare (R3899). 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 1 or 2 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans at Rinroe, Burren, Co. Clare (R3291). 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis at dusk at Ballyeighter Wood, Co. Clare (R3493).

This is I believe the latest ever date in Ireland for the Spring Hawker, though there are several other late July and early August records. Kilcorkan is probably the best Odonata site in the Burren, with 9 Anisoptera (including all Irish Orthetrum and Sympetrum species) and at least 4 species of Zygoptera recorded, though several more may occur.

5th August 2010: 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Kylemore, Oughterard, West Galway (M1939). 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, and 1 Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum around limestone pavement and hazel scrub at Corranellistrum, Oughterard (M1940). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, c. 6 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and c. 10 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum near shore of Lough Corrib at Corranellistrum, Oughterard (M1941). 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea around steep esker at Gortachalla, Moycullen, West Galway (M223373). 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 6-8 Black Darter Sympetrum danae (1 immature male caught and 2 females caught, 2 partly black males also identified), and about 10 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Currawaita near Lough Corrib, Moycullen (M2437). The number of Black Darters seen indicate that it is presumably breeding here, an unusual lime-rich habitat for this species mainly of acid waters. Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea along roadside at Tullokyne near Lough Corrib, Moycullen (M2337).

4th August 2010: 1 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, 2 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans at Maam Cross, Connemara, West Galway (L976463). 4 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa and 3 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Glendollagh Lake, Recess, Connemara, West Galway (L8446). 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, and 3 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum around scrub west of Pollagh Bog, Oughterard, West Galway (M205391). 4 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1-2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 1 very dark greyish-brown, presumably female, Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens, 2 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 1 female Black Darter Sympetrum danae and 1-2 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum around Pollagh Bog, Oughterard, West Galway (M208391). 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Callownamuck, Moycullen (M2139).

3rd August 2010: 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum around scrub near Lough Afoor, 2 miles east of Lough Corrib, North-east Galway (M3137) - 1st of 2 visits. 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1-2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 2-4 Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum (2 males identified) around east end of wood at Annaghdown near Lough Corrib, North-east Galway (M283386). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum and 1 black male Black Darter Sympetrum danae around scrub at south end of Annaghdown Wood, close to Lough Corrib, North-east Galway (M277384). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum around scrub near Lough Afoor, 2 miles east of Lough Corrib, North-east Galway (M3137). - 2nd visit.

2nd August 2010: 1 female Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa on bog at Addergoole North, Ahascragh, North-east Galway (M8338). 3 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Lough Nahinch, Monivea, North-east Galway (M6338). 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea and 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum around scrub close to Lough Corrib, North-east Galway (M277384).

1st August 2010: 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, up to 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea (1 of which looked quite small and hence might even have been Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, which was seen on 6th August in Co. Clare), and 1 female Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum (caught and identified) at Portumna Forest, South-east Galway (M8403) - 1st visit. 3-4 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 3-4 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, and 1 female Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum (yellow, turning red) at Commons of Carney, Borrisokane, North Tipperary (R8792). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, c. 30 Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum (including a mating pair), 3 mating pairs and 6-8 Turlough Spreadwing Lestes dryas identified, among dozens of Lestes spp. probably also this species (although Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa also occurs here) at Newchapel Turlough, Borrisokane, North Tipperary (R854925). Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, c. 10 Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum, about 15 Turlough Spreadwing Lestes dryas (including a mating pair) and 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans around turlough at Kyleomadaun West, Borrisokane, North Tipperary (R876915). Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 possible Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea (though looked smallish so may even have been Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense), and 1 male and 1 female (latter immature) Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum at Portumna Forest, South-east Galway (M8403) - 2nd visit.


COUNTY WEXFORD JULY 2010 (From http://www.wildside.ie/news.php?art=74)

DRAGONFLIES: The following species were noted during the month: Large Red Damselfly; Blue-tailed Damselfly; Emperor; Common Hawker; Brown Hawker; Common Darter; Four-spotted Chaser.


1ST REPORT OF TURLOUGH SPREADWING IN 2010

31st July 2010: 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Ballynacourty Wood near Kilfinnane, Co. Limerick (R7018). 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Glenacurrane Wood near Mitchelstown, Co. Limerick (R8017). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, 2 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum, and 3-4 male and a female Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella at Griston Bog, Ballylanders, Co. Limerick (R7523).

30th July 2010: 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 5-6 Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens (3 male, 1 female and 1-2 others), 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, c. 10 male and 2 female Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo, 1 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa and 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans at north end of the Gap of Dunloe, South Kerry (V8788). c. 20 male and c. 10 female Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens at Beaufort Bridge, Killarney, North Kerry (V880926). 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Fossa, Killarney, North Kerry (V9192).

29th July 2010: 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 1 male Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo by stream near wood at Coolbaun, Killarney, North Kerry (V9597). 1-2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Dunkilla, Sneem, South Kerry (V7364). Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 1 male Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens, 3-4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 1 male Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, and 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Rossdohan, Sneem, South Kerry (V721637).1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum around field c. 1 km. east of Parknasilla, South Kerry (V720644). 3 female Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo roosting in a Holly tree in a wood at Derrynane, South Kerry (V5259).

28th July 2010: 3 or 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans at Glenbane East, Askeaton, Co. Limerick (R2950). 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, at least 1 male Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum, c. 4 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, c. 8 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, & 20+ Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Milltown Lake, Askeaton (R3653). 1 male Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens on roadside at Ballyvogue, Askeaton (R386514). 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea near wood at Ballydonohoe, Glin, Shannon Estuary, Co. Limerick (R0847).

27th July 2010: 2-3 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis at Normangrove near Kinvarra, South-east Galway (M3604).1-2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and c. 6 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Coad near Kilnaboy, Co. Clare (R284913). 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis at Cregmoher near Corofin, Co. Clare (R2986).

26th July 2010: Male and female Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, 2-3 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, and unidentified Coenagrion species at Ballyvelaghan Lough, Burren, Co. Clare (R277113). There was no sign of the Turlough Spreadwing Lestes dryas or Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum here, or on a previous visit in earty June. 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis at Garryland Wood near Gort, South-east Galway (M4104).

25th July 2010: Dead female Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis on roadside at Mullaghoran, Co. Cavan (N3689), presumably hit by a vehicle. c. 4 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 2-3 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 2 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and a possible Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum at Ballylennan near Gort, South-east Galway (M4302).

WEXFORD FIELD CLUB

July 2010: http://www.wildside.ie/news.php?art=74 mentions the following Odonata in Co. Wexford in July 2010:

DRAGONFLIES: The following species were noted during the month: Large Red Damselfly (Spring Redtail); Blue-tailed Damselfly (Common Bluetip); Emperor (Blue Emperor); Common Hawker (Moorland Hawker); Brown Hawker (Amber-winged Hawker); Common Darter; Four-spotted Chaser.

IAN RIPPEY

20th July 2010: 6-8 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and c. 50 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Reilly Wood NNR, Co. Fermanagh (H32).

PETER DOYLE

18th July 2010: 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum on Roche's Hill, Killiney, South Dublin (c. O2525).

IAN RIPPEY

15th July 2010: 3-4 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis at Ballynacarrig ("Rockhill") near Ballintra, East Donegal (G9268). 3 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, c. 6 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, c. 6 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, c. 6 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and 1 female Variable Bluet Coenagarion pulchellum in pools in dunes at Sheskinmore near Ardara, West Donegal (G6895).


IAN RIPPEY 14.7.2010

IAN RIPPEY

14th July 2010: 3 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 3 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 1 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, and c. 6 Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum at Montiaghs Moss NNR, Aghalee, Co. Antrim (J0965).


IAN RIPPEY 11.7.2010

IAN RIPPEY

11th July 2010: 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Sheepland near Ardglass, Co. Down (J5839).

9th July 2010: County Fermanagh. At least 1, probably 2, Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Lough Navar Fores (H0756), 4 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 3 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 1 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa and 3 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum both near Derrygonnelly, and c. 50 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum on Upper Lough Erne at Reilly Wood NNR near Derrylin (H3325).

JOE DEVLIN & CLIFFORD SHARPE

9th July 2010: Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens at Glenloughan in the Mourne Mountains north of Kilkeel (J251175), County Down (Photo taken).


IAN RIPPEY 6.7.2010

I have since spent some time looking at the footage of Emerald Dragonflies in Co. Kerry on 11th and 12th June. I am fairly satisfied that they contain (a) A mating pair of Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea, and a male Northern Emerald, on the sheltered side of a small area of oak woodland near the west Upper Lake, Killarney (between Lord Brandons Cottage and Lough Beg), and a male Downy Emerald at rest at Lough Beg on 11th June (b) 1 female Northern Emerald west of Galways River and 1 male and 2 female Northern Emeralds in woodland clearings, etc, east of Galways River (south of Galways Bridge, Killarney) on 12th June. This is in addition to the 1 or more Downy Emeralds seen at the small lake near Ladies View, Killarney, on 12th June, and other Emeralds seen both around the Upper Lake area on 11th and the Galways Bridge area on 12th June.

Although the 2004 Dragonfly book and the website http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/species.htm give more than sufficient advice on how to identify these similar species, if anyone wishes to view the Video footage also, please feel free to contact me by E-mail.


IAN RIPPEY 5.7.2010

IAN RIPPEY & JAMES O'NEILL

5th July 2010: c. 6 blue male, 1 female identified and another female or immature male Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens at Bloody Bridge near Newcastle, Co. Down (J385269).


IAN RIPPEY 4.7.2010

Due to the backlog of records etc from myself (following holidays in early June) and others, I must apologise for the fact that the website has not been updated for some weeks. I hope it can be kept up to date until late July, when I will be away for 2 weeks, so there is likely to be a further period in late July/August and early September (when I also hope to be away for a week) when the website is not updated. Please however keep sending me records!

The following records were made, or received, from the last date of sightings on the website (26th May 2010). By the end of June, all resident Irish species had been reported at least once, except Turlough Spreadwing (Lestes dryas) and Autumn Hawker (Aeshna mixta), though the former will I am sure be out by now in its usual haunts (mostly turloughs in the central and western counties of Ireland). I did look for it on 7th June at a known site, Ballyvelaghan Lough, in the Burren, Co. Clare, without success; it may have been a little too early though weather was not ideal. Recent highlights include Northern Emerald Somatochlora arctica in Co. Kerry; Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea in Cos. Kerry and Galway (including new sites); Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum in Cos. Clare, Mayo and Galway; Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens in Cos. Galway, Kerry and Down; Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo in Cos. Kerry; a new site for Scarce Bluetip Ischnura pumilio in Co. Londonderry (also seen at its best known site in Co. Fermanagh), and the first 2010 records of Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, Blue Emperor Anax imperator, Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens, Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum, and Black Darter Sympetrum danae. So far there have been no reports of obviously migrant species in the British Isles, though http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/hotnews.asp mentions a report of a female Dainty Damselfly Coenagrion scitulum on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, on 21st June; if accepted this would be the first record of the species in Britain since it became extinct in the early 1950s.

Please give 4 or 6 figure Grid References as well as names of sites, etc, if possible. Townlands for the Republic of Ireland can be seen at http://maps.epa.ie/InternetMapViewer/mapviewer.aspx , while for Northern Ireland, the new 1:50000 Maps produced by the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (with lighter blue covers) show outlines and an alphabetical index of townlands on the back. If you notice any errors or omissions please also let me know.

PETER DOYLE

4th July 2010: 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis at Quarry Pond, Phoenix Park, Dublin (O104363), and 2 Amber-winged Hawker, 1 male Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, 1 female Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens and "a few blue damselflies" at the Furry Glen Pond, also in Phoenix Park (O098354).

2nd July: 1 male Blue Emperor Anax imperator ("and a few blue damselflies") at the newly created pond in Cabinteely Park, Cabinteely, south County Dublin (O2325).

GEOFFREY HUNT

2nd July 2010: 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, and 3 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata at Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick (R425553).

JAMES O'NEILL

2nd July 2010: 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis and "plenty" of Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea at Selshion Bog, Portadown (H9854).

IAN RIPPEY & JAMES O'NEILL

1st July 2010: 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 3-4 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans and c. 12 Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum at Montiaghs Moss NNR, Co. Antrim (J0965). c. 6 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and 1 Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella at Lackan Bog, Ballyroney, Co. Down (J2437). About 12 Keeled Skimmers Orthetrum coerulescens (mostly blue males, with 1 or 2 immature males or females) and 1 dead Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Leitrim near Hilltown, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down (J2224).

30th June 2010. 2 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, male and female Ruddy Darter (both immature colouring) Sympetrum sanguineum, 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans and several Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum at Brackagh Bog NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh (J0251). FIRST 2010 REPORT OF RUDDY DARTER, though it has probably been flying for some days further south. See also 9th June 2010, Co. Clare.


COUNTY WEXFORD JUNE 2010 (From http://www.wildside.ie/news.php?art=67)

DRAGONFLIES: The following species were noted during the month: Emperor: recorded in 1s and 2s on numerous dates at Raven Nature Reserve through the month. This species was noted at Our Lady's Island Lake from 11th to at least 25th. 1 was also seen at Coolcotts on 21st. Four-spotted Chaser: were recorded on numerous dates at Raven Nature Reserve with a maximum count of 15 on 27th. Brown Hawker: were noted from 15th with a maximum count of 6 at Raven Nature Reserve on 27th. Hairy Dragonfly: were noted up to 20th with a maximum count of 9 at Raven Nature Reserve on 15th. Common Darter: were recorded at Raven Nature Reserve in singles on 15th and 27th. Common Blue Damselfly: 1 noted at Johnstown Castle on 4th. Blue-tailed Damselfly: noted in small numbers at Raven Nature Reserve through the month. Azure Damselfly: noted through the month at Raven Nature Reserve.


IAN RIPPEY

27th June 2010: Co. Down. 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, c. 6 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum, and 1 male Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella at Lackan Bog, Ballyroney (J2436). c. 8 blue males and 1 or 2 female and/or immature male Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens at Bloody Bridge south of Newcastle, Co. Down (J385269). 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum at Glasdrumman, south of Newcastle (J379227). Latter seems to be the 1st Northern Ireland report of 2010, though reported much earlier in the Republic of Ireland.

PETER DOYLE

27th June 2010: "I had a male Blue Emperor, Anax imperator, at a series of flashes that have been created on the river running through Kilbogget Park, Cabinteely, County Dublin (c. O2424 approximately) today 27/6 . I also had quite a few Black-tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum, Spring Hawker, Brachytron pratense and the ubiquitous Four-spotted Chaser, L. quadrimaculata at Boora Parklands NR, County Offaly (c. N2120?) on 19/06/10."

BRIAN NELSON

27th June 2010: At least 20 males, some single females and at least 5 mating pairs of Scarce Bluetip Ischnura pumilio along the west shore between Scab Island and Coney Island on the west side of Lough Beg, Co. Londonderry (c. H9793). There were also numerous Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans and a few Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum. Brian says "They were at the edge of the lake in the typical situation expected for the species, perching low down on Spikerush (Eleocharis spp.) plants in shallow water over sand. The habitat is therefore unusual in Northern Ireland but I have seen it in similar sites in the south (e.g. Lough Graney, Co. Clare). " This is a new site, the 4th known for Co. Londonderry, 2 of the others being in disused quarries (both seen in fairly recent years) and the other at a garden pond in 1979. It is the only record I am aware of either from a lake site in Northern Ireland, or in the Lough Neagh/Lough Beg area (although it formerly occurred at a quarry near Portadown, Co. Armagh, not far from Lough Neagh). The majority of Irish sites are in disused quarries or shallow flushes and it is unusual to see it around lakes, even if shallow and with a sandy substrate, though as well as Brian's record at Lough Graney above, I saw 1 in late July 1989 at the shallow edge of Sheskinmore Lake, Co. Donegal.

IAN RIPPEY

26th June 2010 (WITH DAVID NIXON, JOE DEVLIN, CLIFFORD SHARPE AND OTHERS): Co. Tyrone. 1 female Black Darter Sympetrum danae - 1ST 2010 REPORT; 1 or 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, c. 15 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 3 Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa, c. 15 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 1 or 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, 6-8 male and 2 female Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella around bogland at Kinnagullian Wood South (H6479)/Black Bog ASSI (H6480) between Omagh and Cookstown. 2 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula on Fairy Water Bog at Drumlegagh near Drumquin (H324783). 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata on Fairy Water Bog at Bomackatall South, Drumquin (H342768).

25th June 2010: Co. Down. Lackan Bog, Ballyroney (J2436): 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, c. 10 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum, 2 male Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella, male and female Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum. 1 blue male Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens and 4 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Bloody Bridge south of Newcastle (J385269).

DAVID NIXON

25th June 2010: Quoile Yacht Club, Quoile Pondage, Downpatrick, Co. Down (J508490): 1 female Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, eating a Speckled Wood Butterfly. David reports that he has not seen the species at this site before, but that there were also a few each of Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans.

MICHAEL BELL (via the Mothsireland Yahoo Newsgroup)

21st June 2010: Lough Erril, Co. Leitrim. 1 Irish Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum. This appears to be a new site, though recorded from several other sites in this 10 x 10 km. square and quite a few others in Co. Leitrim by Brian Nelson and Mike Hunter (last records 2002).

IAN RIPPEY

22nd June. 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata at Montiaghs Moss NNR, Co. Antrim (J0965).

21st June 2010: Mating pair and 1 male Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, c. 20 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula and c. 20 Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum at Montiaghs Moss NNR, Co. Antrim (J0965). Despite very hot sunny weather with little wind, no sign of Irish Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum could be found around the same pools where it was seen abundantly on 1st June, although 1 was seen on the same day in Co. Leitrim (details above).

ROBERT NORTHRIDGE

19th June 2010: 1 Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, 1 Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, several Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, some Common Bluetip Ishnura elegans and at least 100 Spring Red-tail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, continuously in half dozens along the exit stream at Legalough near Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh (H0388); also "lots of Coenagrions but we had no net!".

JAMES O'NEILL

20th June 2010: Derryhubbert Bog/Annagarriff Fen, Peatlands Park, Co. Armagh (H9061): Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and Common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa.

19th June 2010: Brackagh Bog, Portadown, Co. Armagh (J0251). Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense and Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata

DAVID NIXON & PHILIP MCHAFFIE

18th June 2010: Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim. Male Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense seen well in flight along road near Kinramer (c. D1051); there is a fen nearby. Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea was also seen but this was seen to be substantially smaller than it. Also seen were 8 Four-Spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and 2 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula around the fen with a further 3 Four Spots and another male Moorland Hawker around a fen closer to Church Bay.

I believe that there may have been a possible record of the Spring Hawker on Rathlin Island in 1989, but this seems to be the first confirmed record of the species there. I am also not aware of the Spring Redtail having been recorded from the island before, though it would certainly be expected. This brings the number of Odonata species recorded on Rathlin to at least 9 (Moorland Hawker, Spring Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, Black Darter, Common Darter, Common Spreadwing, Spring Red-tail, Common Bluetip, & Common Bluet). There is an unconfirmed report of Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltoni about 1973; in view of the subsequent confirmation of 2 specimens in 2005 and 1 in 2008 in the far south of Ireland, as well as its presence in Scotland, this cannot be dismissed. One or both of the Azure or Variable Bluets, or even Amber-winged Hawker, are also at least possible. Although other Irish islands (e.g. Clear Island, Co. Cork, Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford, and the Aran Islands in Co. Galway, notably Inishmore) have also recorded several Odonata species including 1 or 2 not recorded on Rathlin (e.g. Autumn Hawker on Clear Island) they have probably not been fully investigated and have not I believe recorded as many species as Rathlin (even though it has recorded barely half the number of resident species in Northern Ireland alone and only about 40% of the Irish total).

IAN RIPPEY

17th June 2010: Co. Armagh. 2 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, several Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, and 3 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Derryhubbert, Peatlands Park (H9061) 1 Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea, several Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and a female common Spreadwing Lestes sponsa in Annagarriff Fen, Peatlands Park (H903614). LATTER 1ST 2010 REPORT. Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum frequent at Craigavon Lakes (J0558).

BELFAST NATURALISTS FIELD CLUB

12th June 2010: Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis, and "red and blue damselflies" reported during a BNFC outing to Peatlands Park, Co. Armagh (H8960/H9060) led by Trevor Boyd. The red damselflies must have been Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, and though a number of blue damselflies occur at Peatlands, a picture of a male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum is shown on the website http://www.bnfc.org.uk/Summer%20Programme/Reports_2010.htm for this date. FIRST 2010 REPORT OF AMBER-WINGED HAWKER, and among the earliest dates for the species.

GEOFFREY HUNT

11th June 2010: 3 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 2 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 8 Common Bluet I, 4 Common Bluetip I and 20 Azure Bluet I at Griston Bog near Ballylanders, Co. Limerick (R759233).

BRIAN NELSON

11th June 2010: East Mayo. Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum and Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum both very numerous 100+ sheltering amongst hazel scrub at NW corner of Lough Carra M156764.

10th June 2010: Co. Clare. c. 10 male and female Spring Hawker Brachyton pratense, especially on sunny edges of hazel scrub, Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum very numerous (immature and partly mature males and females seen - adult seen catching a garden chafer beetle), 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, and numerous Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Clooncoose/Green Road from R3095 to R285954 and pavement and scrub habitat to south of road. 1 female Spring Hawker Brachyton pratense eating a female Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans and several males, several Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum and 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata at Ballyeighter Lough (R350935).

IAN RIPPEY

6th June 2010 to 13th June 2010: Counties Galway, Clare, Kerry and Limerick.

13th June 2010: Co. Limerick. 1 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and 1 Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum at Glenbane East, Askeaton (R2950). 2 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Glenbane East, Askeaton (R3050).

12th June 2010: 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata around fields just west of Kenmare, South Kerry (V9070). At least 1, perhaps 2 or even 3, Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea, c.40 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, c. 25 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 4 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, c. 10 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and a mating pair of Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella around small lake near Ladies View above Upper Lake of Killarney, South Kerry (V904804). The Downy Emerald (as with one I saw here in June 2008, which similarily held the tip of the abdomen somewhat upwrad in flight) repeatedly patrolled up and down the eastern shore of the lake; on one occasion it clashed with another dragonfly which may have been the same species. I walked round the whole lake but apart from a possible sighting on the south-east side did not see any others.

c. 6 "Emerald" dragonflies (see below), c. 4 Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens, c. 8 Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo, c. 10 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula and 1 or 2 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum in area around Galways River south and east of Galways Bridge, Upper Lake of Killarney, South Kerry (V9180). 2 of the "Emeralds" were on the west side and the others on the east side of the river (generally in open areas in woodland). 2 were caught and filmed on camcorder; one showed the distinctive orange-brown spots on the 1st abdominal segment, characteristic of a female Northern Emerald Somatochlora arctica, while the other appeared to show the shape of the abdomen of this species, with the widest point not as far back as with Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea, Thus possibly all were S. arctica.

1 female Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense caught and 2-3 males seen, c. 6 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, c. 15 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, mating pair of Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella at Lough Beg near Lough Caragh, Killorglin, North Kerry (V7190). I had thought that though isolated by some miles from the Killarney colonies, this site (from the presence of abundant woodland beside a relatively well vegetated lake) might prove to have Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea, but the presence of Spring Hawker (which I did not see around Killarney) may have acted as a deterrent. 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata on bog at Torreenasliggaun, Killorglin, North Kerry (V7292).

11th June 2010: Co. Kerry: 1 Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens seen from about 6.30 am at Dromdoory near Lough Caragh, North Kerry (V7145864) - see below. 1 Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens and 2 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata on blanket bog at Derreendarragh c. 6 miles west of Kenmare, South Kerry (V7972). As well as about 8 "Emerald" dragonflies (see below) there were 2 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 3 Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo, 2-3 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula and 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum between Lord Brandons Cottage and Lough Beg, Upper Lake of Killarney, South Kerry (V8881 to V8981). Weather was bright though breezy (in late afternoon) for part of the time, though it became cloudy later.

Of the "Emeralds", 1 was seen near some scrub beside the path a few hundred yards east of Lord Brandons Cottage, another in the open marshy area a few hundred yards east of this, a mating pair and probably 2 others were on the sheltered side of an area of oak woodland beside the Upper Lake, while one was found low down at rest on vegetation, and at least 1 other was seen flying around trees beside Lough Beg. The mating pair was caught and released after camcorder footage was taken, and the one at rest near Lough Beg was also filmed. One of the mating pair showed the distinctive caliper-like appendages of the male Northern Emerald Somatochlora arctica, while the Lough Beg specimen gave the appearance (from the shape of the abdomen) of being Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea. Overall (from flight pattern, shape, etc) I would hazard a guess that the majority seen were of Northern Emerald though this is not certain. Both species have been regularly seen in this area in the past, notably at Lough Beg. This is the first time I have seen Northern Emerald, and prior to 2010 I had seen Downy Emerald only singly in Co. Cork in 2004 and in Co. Kerry in 2008, both in mid-June.

10th June 2010: North Kerry. 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans and 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Lough Beg near Lough Caragh, Killorglin (V7190). 1 or 2 suspected Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens, 2 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, and 1 male Beautiful Jewelwing Calopteryx virgo, around edges of blanket bog at Shanacashel c. 2 miles south of Lough Caragh (V7385), 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata on bog at Ballintleave Commons, Killorglin (V7194). 1 Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens resting low down on sparse vegetation in a damp area beside a wood near where a Moth trap was set at Dromdoory near Lough Caragh (V7145864) at about 9.30 pm. It was still there for a time about 6.30 am the next morning on 11th June but flew off after a while.

9th June. 2-3 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Lough Bunny, Co. Clare (R378966). 2 Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, 5-6 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, 2 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum, 1 male Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella and c. 20 Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum at Cregmoher near Ballycullinan Lake, Corofin, Co. Clare (R2986). Additionally a "clean-looking" Darter Sympetrum spp. was seen from some yards away through binoculars but flew off before it could be identified; however I suspect it was a Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum. N.B. No Odonata were seen on 8th June as weather was unfavourable.

7th June 2010: 1 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Coranellistrum near Lough Corrib, West Galway (M1940). 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, 1 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and c. 50 Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella at Ballyvelaghan Lake, Burren, Co. Clare (M 277113). There was no sign of Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum or Turlough Spreadwing Lestes dryas at Ballyvelaghan, though on occasion these can be very abundant here, but weather was far from ideal.

6th June 2010: 20-30 Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum (several blue males identified), 1 female or immature male Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens, c. 10 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, c. 4 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans and c. 10 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum in area of cut-over bog, limestone pavement and scrub, etc, at Carrowmoreknock, Moycullen, West Galway (M2040). THIS IS THE FIRST 2010 RECORD OF KEELED SKIMMER I AM AWARE OF.

GEOFFREY HUNT

11th June 2010: At least 15 Blue Emperor Anax imperator at Ballyagran sandpit Co Limerick (c. R4628). Another indication of how widespread Blue Emperor is becoming in Co. Limerick; although recorded near Shannon Airport in South Clare,and from Lough Atorick in NE Clare, it does not seem to have reached the Burren, where one might have thought some of the lakes would have been suitable.

JOE ADAMSON (via Peter Doyle)

10th June 2010: "Joe Adamson apparently had '20+' (his figure) Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea on a forest track beside Lettercraffroe Lake (c. M0637), West Galway on 10th June.... "he's adamant that they were indeed Downy Emeralds. The site is accessed off the Oughterard - Rossaveal road." This is a new site though only about 5 or 6 miles from Lough Ahallia North, another new site where it was reported earlier this year.

GEOFFREY HUNT

4th June 2010: Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum at Raheenagh, south of Newcastle West, Co Limerick (c. R2925).

ANGUS TYNER

26th May to 6th June 2010 at Cronykeery near Ashford, Co. Wicklow (T2998). "First Blue Emperor Anax imperator was seen on 26th May with first male patrolling lake on 1st June. This had risen to at least 4 by 4th June. This is early for patrolling males. Also a Blue Emperor emerged from a new pond in my garden about 6th June. This pond was constructed this year and about 4 larvae were moved from lake. These larvae were quite small and I thought they would emerge next year. The warm water and plenty of prey in the form of tadpoles may have accelerated the development. Other species present with maximum counts are Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense 9, Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata 12, Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula 10, Common Bluetail Ischnura elegans 10 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum, 100s, and Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella also in 100s though more plentful than Common Bluet. Also sent to me is a photo of a female Brachytron pratense Hairy Hawker Hairy Dragonfly taken 10th June at Derrymore near Tullamore Co. Offaly N212208

KILLIAN MULLARNEY

5th June 2010: During a quick tour of five of the 'Screen lakes', between Blackwater (Co Wexford) and Curracloe (this area could be in 1 or more of the 10 km. squares T02, T03, T12 or T13 - IR) he saw at least six male Blue Emperors Anax imperator, about fifteen Spring Hawkers Brachytron pratense and numerous Four-spotted Chasers Libellula quadrimaculata, with at least 70 of the last species on one particular pool."

IAN RIPPEY, JAMES O'NEILL & OTHERS

5th June 2010: Co. Fermanagh. 1 Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, 4 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, and 2-4 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Callow near Derrygonnelly (H0953). Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 3-4 males and 2 (green) females of Scarce Bluetip Ischnura pumilio. in disused quarry near Tonnagh Lough, Derrygonnelly (H104537).

IAN RIPPEY 4th June 2010: Co. Fermanagh. 1 male Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Callow near Derrygonnelly (H0953). 1 female

Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, 2 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and 1 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum near wood beside Screenagh River south of Doagh Lough, Derrygonnelly (H0751).

3rd June 2010: Co. Fermanagh. 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans; c. 15 (3 mating pairs, c. 7 males and 2-3 females, 1 of the orange form var. aurantiaca) Scarce Bluetip Ischnura pumilio. in disused quarry near Tonnagh Lough, Derrygonnelly (H104537). FIRST 2010 REPORT OF SCARCE BLUETIP. 2 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata & 2 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Dooletter Lough, Boho (H100431). 1 male Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense near wood beside Screenagh River south of Doagh Lough, Derrygonnelly (H0751).

2nd June 2010: Co. Armagh. c. 12 male and 5 female Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens & 1 female Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella beside River Bann at Dynes Bridge, Portadown (J043508). 8-10 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, male and female Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum in disused railway line near Clay Lake, Keady (H830314). 1 Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, 2-3 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, c.15 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, and c. 6 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Straghans Lake near Keady (H8230). 1 Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, 2-3 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, c. 6 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 30+ Irish Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum (including 1 mating pair, rest males), and about 6 Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum at Drumcarn ASSI/Drumnahavil Bog near Keady (H8128). 1 Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, c. 15 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, male and female Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 3-4 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, 1 or 2 Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella & c. 20 Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum at Brackagh Bog NNR near Portadown.

1st June 2010: c. 10 Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense (including one either trying to mate with or eat a Four-spotted Chaser in flight - see entry for Martin Smith on 30th May at same site), c. 100 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, c. 8 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula, 2 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, c. 60 Irish Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum, including 4 mating pairs and a female; latter was unusually seen near Navvies Drain, but the bulk of the rest were seen around large pools south of Moss Road, with the rest north of this) and 30+ Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum at Montiaghs Moss NNR, Co. Antrim (J0965). Dozens of Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Craigavon Lakes, Co. Armagh (J0558).

31st May 2010: Co. Antrim. 2 mating pairs and about 6 other Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula and 2 male and 1 female Common Bluet Enallagma cyatigerum on bog at Munie South, Glenarm (D2711). 2-4 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula & 1 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum along disused railway line at Parkmore, Glenariff (D1820). 5-6 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 1-2 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula & 5-6 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at edge of Glenariff Forest (D1920). 2-3 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula near small river close to SE edge of Ballypatrick Forest, Ballycastle (D204363).

ROBERT NORTHRIDGE

1st June 2010: c. 30 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata at Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo (7155).


COUNTY WEXFORD MAY 2010 (From http://www.wildside.ie/news.php?art=62).

DRAGONFLIES: The following species were recorded during the month: Large Red Damselfly; Azure Damselfly (from 22nd); Blue-tailed Damselfly (from 22nd); 4-spotted Chaser (from 11th); Hairy Dragonfly (from 22nd); Emperor Dragonfly (from 31st).


MARTIN SMITH

30th May 2010:Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense photographed eating a Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata. Brian Nelson states "There is a reference in the 2004 Dragonfly book (Nelson & Thompson 2004) to Amber-winged Hawker Aeshna grandis eating an Autumn Hawker Aeshna mixta witnessed by myself, Robert Thompson and Colm Ronayne and I have also seen Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea killing a Sympetrum." I beluve there is also a record of Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea eating a Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum on Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim.

GEOFFREY HUNT

30th May 2010: 1 Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens and 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula on River Deel at Ardrine near Newcastle West, Co. Limerick (R304345).

ROBERT NORTHRIDGE

30th May 2010: At least 4 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata at a bog pool on Cuilcagh Plateau near Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh, at H154296. The altitude was measured at 337 metres (c. 1,100 feet) with a GPS, which must be among the highest altitudes for this or other Odonata species in Ireland (the numbers would indicate that it had bred at the site).

DAVID NIXON & CLIFFORD SHARPE

30th May 2010: 15+ Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, 3 Black tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum (1 male, 2 females), 6+ Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans, Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Mullaghmore/Knockaunroe and Green Road leading to Clooncoose, Co. Clare (c. R3094) "in good weather".

28th May 2010:3 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Lough Bunny (R3796); 1 or 2 female Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense and 1 female Black tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum at Ballyeighter Wood (R3493), both Co. Clare.

IAN RIPPEY

30th May 2010: 1 female Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum in middle of dunes at Murlough NNR, Dundrum, Co. Down (J4034). This must have been a stray from a lake or pond within a few miles and may be the first record for this species for this very dry site which has no permanent standing water. 1 mating pair and 2-3 male Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense, 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and 3 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Ballykilbeg Fen near Downpatrick, Co. Down (J4440).

28th May 2010: 4-6 Azure Bluets Coenagrion puella & 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans at Martray Lake, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone (H6458). 1 Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula and 1 Common Bluetip Ischnura elegans in disused quarry near Tonnagh Lough, Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh (H104537); no sign of Scarce Bluetip Ischnura pumilio though this was seen in numbers on 3rd June. 1 male Banded Jewelwing Calopteryx splendens at Glencunny Bridge over the Sillees River, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh (H194409.


26TH MAY 2010

Since the last update well over a week ago, the weather has gone from cool to very warm and back towards normal or cool again, though with little rain at least here in North Armagh. Following a comparatively slow start to May, the abundance and more particularly the variety of Odonata has increased, with the highlight undoubtedly being the finding of adults at a new site for the Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) in County Galway. Larvae have also been found (presumably in the last year or so) at several other sites, though details of these are not available as yet. Until 1992, this insect was known in Ireland only from a few sites around Killarney, Co. Kerry and 1 site near Glengarriff, West Cork; several were reported resting on rocks at a small quarry on the Toombeola to Clifden Road in West Galway on 23rd May 1992. Since then, it was reported in East Clare on 14th July 2005 by Alan Horan (see http://www.mothsireland.com/dragonfly/odonatajuly2005.htm).

The date of the adult sightings (14th May) appears to be the earliest ever for Ireland, the earliest date in "The Natural History of Ireland's Dragonflies" (Brian Nelson & Robrt Thompson, National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland 2004, ISBN 0 900761 45 8) is 24th May 1954. As 1954 was not an early spring (nor indeed was 2010) it is likely that the species can emerge earlier but few Odonatists visit its haunts early in the year. The earliest record in Britain in 2010 mentioned on http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/hotnews.asp is on 4th May in Hampshire.

There have also been the 1st 2010 sightings of Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum), Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), Irish Bluet (Coenagrion lunulatum) and Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum), bringing the total up to 25th May to 11 Odonata species (5 Anisoptera and 6 Zygoptera species.). It is likely that if looked for, Scarce Blue-tip (Ischnura pumilio), Beautiful Jewelwing (Calopteryx virgo), and Banded Jewelwing (Calopteryx splendens) may be out if looked for in known haunts, with possibly Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) emerging in a week or two in warmer localies.

Although I have 1:50,000 maps of all of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, could I ask observers to send Grid References (of 4 or 6 figures) relating to observations if possible? This not only saves me time but cuts down on possible confusion or errors; however if you do not have a map of the area don't worry. Irish Grid References can be seen at http://www.gridreference.ie/; if you don't gave a GPS but do have a Sat-Nav which measures Latitude and Longitude, you can use http://www.dmap.co.uk/ll2tm.htm to convert these to Irish Grid References (at least 1 range of Sat-Navs, the Garmin 7 series, apparently use Irish Grid References, but there may be others.

If you wish to identify the townland the records refer to, you can use http://maps.epa.ie/InternetMapViewer/mapviewer.aspx which gives an alphabetical list of townlands in each county in the Republic of Ireland. For Northern Ireland there is no on-line equivalent, but the new 1:50000 maps published by the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland, with Light Blue (not Dark Blue) covers, give townland boundaries in red, with an alphabetical list of townlands appearing on that map witb 4 figure Grid References, on a white background on the back of the map. There are 18 of these maps (Nos. 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and 29) costing around £6,.00 Sterling each. A worthwhile investment for the serious recorder.

Details of the recent observations are shown below:

ROBERT NORTHRIDGE

25th May 2010: 3 Hairy Hawker (Brachytron pratense) in garden at Coole Drive, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh (H249436).

IAN RIPPEY

25th May 2010: At least 1 male (mature) Irish Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum (The 1st record I am aware of in 2010; it had been looked for here without success on 22nd May by Ian Waller below); mating pair, 1 female and at least 2 male Spring Hawker (Brachytron pratense); 1 Spring Redtail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 1 Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella), and about 20 Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) at Cullentra Lake, Cullentra/Tattenallen, Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone (H475474). 1 male Spring Hawker (Brachytron pratense) at Slatbeg, Clogher, Co. Tyrne (H513472); 1 Spring Hawker (Brachytron pratense) and 1 Spring Red-tail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) at Slatmore, Clogher, Co. Tyrone (H505473).

24th May 2010: 1 male Spring Hawker (Brachytron pratense) at Rahack Glebe near Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone (H4947).

BRIAN NELSON

25th May 2010: Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) and several Spring Hawkers (Brachytron pratense) at Pollardstown Fen, Co. Kildare (c. N7616).

23rd May 2010: Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) abundant, emerging from rapidly drying out ponds, at Lough Gealain (R3194) and Knockaunroe (R3094) in the Burren National Park, County Clare,

23rd May 2010: Several Spring Hawkers (Brachytron pratense) in woodland at Dromore Nature Reserve near Ennis, County Clare (R3586).

JAMES O'NEILL & KENNY MURPHY

23rd May 2010: Spring Hawker (Brachytron pratense) at Brackagh Bog NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh (J0251).

GEOFF HUNT

23rd May 2010: 1 female I, 1 Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), 3 I) & 6 Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) at Lee's Road Wood, Ennis, County Clare (R325794). The 1st 2010 Irish records of Black-tailed Skimmer and Common Darter.

IAN WALLER & CHELLE HUNT

22nd May 2010: Mature male and 2 separate teneral female Spring Hawkers (Brachytron pratense), 1 mature and 1 teneral Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata), and 5 species of damselfly of which "no one species was dominant", Spring Redtail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); Common Bluetip (Ischnura elegans), Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum ), Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella), and Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum) at Cullentra Lake, Cullentra/Tattenallen, Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone (H475474). Mr. waller who originally comes from NE England but has been living in Wigan in Lancashire for some years (and used to have a website on the Odonata of North-east England), also states "Sadly despite spending a few hours there we never saw any Irish Damselfly. There were a few teneral damselflies but I don't use a net and despite looking closely I don't think I saw any Irish. I'll have a look at photographs when I get home and maybe one will show up."

This seems to be the 1st 2010 record of Variable Damselfly in Ireland received though earlier ones may still have to be reported.

PETER DOYLE

22nd May 2010: "I had 6+ Brachytron pratense including a confiding pair in tandem last Saturday 22/5 at the East End pond, Tacumshin Lake, Co.Wexford. L.quadrimaculata were also present." (Grid reference is about T0405 - IR).

DAVID NIXON

21st May 2010: 124 Common Bluetip (Ischnura elegans) counted, many freshly emerged and mostly basking on the stones at the edge of the Quoile Pondage at Quoile Yacht Club near Downpatrick, Co. Down (J516484). A particularly large number.

IAN RIPPEY

20th May 2010: c. 6 Spring Redtail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) at edge of Pollagh Bog near Moycullen, West Galway (M2039). 1-2 Spring Redtail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), 5-6 Four-spotted Chasers (Libellula quadrimaculata), and 2 (1 male identified) Spring Hawkers (Brachytron pratense) at Callownamuck near Moycullen, West Galway (M2239). 2 Four-spotted Chasers (Libellula quadrimaculata) and c. 6 Spring Redtail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) on bog at Feevagh More, River Suck, Co. Roscommon (M84410). 1 Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) and c. 20 Spring Redtail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) on bog at Glenmore, R. Suck, Co. Roscommon (M8639).

19th May 2010: Male and female Spring Hawkers (Brachytron pratense), 1 Spring Redtail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) and 1-2 Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) at Caherlough, Ruan, Co. Clare (R3289). 1-2 Four-spotted Chasers (Libellula quadrimaculata) & 2 Spring Redtails (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) on bog near Derroogh Lakes South, Crusheen, Co. Clare (R426903) on 19th May. 1 Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata & 5-6 Spring Red-tails (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) at Islandmore Bog, Gort, South-east Galway (M4805). 1 Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) at Knockaunatook, Gort, S.E. Galway (M4102 ).

17th May 2010: c. 10 Spring Red-tails (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) at Islandmore Bog, Gort, South-east Galway (M4805). 1 Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) at Ballyeighter Wood , Co. Clare (R3493).

GER O'DONNELL (Via Brian Nelson)

14th May 2010: "Three freshly emerged Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) on the edge of Lough Ahalia North (L967402) 14th May. I saw three individuals in fairly exposed lakeside Blanket bog. There isn't any woodland nearby on the "mainland" although the small lake island just south is vegetated with trees." Brian Nelson also states "This is the first record of adults from the Connemara population for several years. It is now known from several localities in western Galway following recent discoveries of larvae. Details of all these records will be published in due course. Lough Ahalia North is according to the maps a lagoonal lake so would seem an impossible breeding site."

As stated above, this is a new site and also, I believe, is the earliest date on record for Ireland for the species.

HUGH DELANEY (Via text to Peter Doyle)

16th May 2010: 25+ Spring or Hairy Hawkers (Brachytron pratense), at Tacumshin Lake, County Wexford (T0405 approximately).

PETER DOYLE

16th May 2010: 2-3 Four-spotted Chasers (Libellula quadrimaculata) and quite a few damselflies, mostly Large Red (Spring Redtail, Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Five Mile Point, County Wicklow (c. O3102)

15th May 2010: 8+ Four-spotted Chasers (Libellula quadrimaculata) and 2 Azure Bluets (Coenagrion puella) at Ballinafagh Lake, Co. Kildare (N8128).

DON HODGERS

16th May 2010: 4 Spring Redtails (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) at the pond on the Ring of Gullion, South Armagh (J0119 approximately).

IAN RIPPEY & JAMES O'NEILL

16th May 2010

1 Spring Red-tail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) at Ballyfatherly Bog between Newtownards and Donaghadee, Co. Down (J558789).

ANGUS TYNER

14th May 2010

Cronykeery Ashford Co. Wicklow (T2998): I saw my first Ischnura elegans Common Bluetail Common Blue-tailed Damselfly. A mature male and a teneral female. Enallagma cyathigerum Common Bluet Common Blue Damselfly and Coenagrion puella Azure Bluet Azure Damselfly are emerging in increasing numbers.

JAMES O'NEILL

8th May 2010

Several Common Bluets (Enallagma cyathigerum) at Craigavon Lakes, Co. Armagh (J051579)


The first 2010 Odonata records I am aware of are as follows:

IAN RIPPEY

12th May 2010: Bog at Clonnagore between Clones and Cavan, Co. Monaghan (H466234): At least 1, possibly 2, male Spring Hawker dragonflies (Brachytron pratense).

11th May 2010: Bog at Ballynery, Portadown, Co. Armagh (J022596).1 Spring Red-tail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula);

10th May 2010: Aghnahinch Bog c. 1 mile south of Newtownbutler, Co,. Fermanagh (H4224): 1 Spring Red-tail (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 1 Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata).

PETER DOYLE

9th May 2010: 1-3 Four-spotted Chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata, and 15+ Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma.nymphula at Blackditch Nature Reserve, Five Mile Point, County Wicklow, c. O3102.

ANGUS TYNER

1st May 2010: Female Spring Hawker (Brachytron pratense) and 2 males of Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella at Cronykeey near Ashford, Co. Wicklow, T2998: there were other unidentified tenerals seen as well. He also states "What is curious is that almost without exception in previous years, with both species (i.e. Enallagma and C. puella - IR) it is females that are seen first."

APRIL 2010:

http://www.wildside.ie/news.php?art=56 shows the following records by Christopher Wilson -
DRAGONFLIES: Large Red Damselfly at Raven Nature Reserve on 16th and 20th and 1 on North Slob on 20th. There were also 2 recorded at the Raven Nature Reserve on 23rd with 1 still present on 26th. (The 16th April record is only 4 day later than the earliest record for any Odonata species in 2010 in Britain, 12th April for the same species in Cornwall, shown on http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/hotnews.asp.