Irish Dragonfly News late 2009

Here is a report on the more interesting Lepidoptera of late 2009, not shown on http://www.entomology.org.uk/dragonflyireland.htm; it is mainly in reverse chronological order with later records appearign closer to the top of the page; however my own records are shown in a block at the end, with those for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland shown separately and in a different format for each (records of same species in a block for ROI but records in chronological order for NI) -

IAN RIPPEY.

In an article entitled "Field Work in Ireland", on page 22 of the spring 2010 issue of "Darter", the magazine of the British Dragonfly Society, Nicholas ("Nick") Donnithorne, who though from Southern England, has been doing Field Work on Odonata in Ireland in a number of recent summers, reports the following sightings of interest; I do not as yet have fuller details:

"In early July I returned to Ireland for the seventh year to continue my studies of the Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas and Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa. I only managed to visit 116 potential sites in 12 days. The weather this year was the worst I have ever had, with exceedingly active weather fronts and a few days of sunny weather. I thought I had experienced torrential rain, but nothing had prepared me for roads disappearing before my eyes and becoming undriveable! It had also been a very wet winter and spring, so many of the sites were very wet and some so full I would be surprised if they emptied during the summer. In fact Brian Nelson's site in County Galway was like an inland sea. Where I would normally walk over damp pasture, I could not walk even in waders. But despite the weather I managed to record dryas at 32 sites, of which 6 were new. But rather than a negative, seeing sites in such different conditions reinforces why the species remains so difficult to find, with everything dependent on weather, water levels and grazing. On less optimum sites, it once again proved that you will mostly be looking at between one and thirty adults and that these might only be found in an area the size of a goal mouth. It just takes a long time to gain the knowledge to identify where the "goal mouth" is on a large site. I also noticed that the side of the thorax on the male sponsa has prunescence while dryas does not....One one particular day near Cashel in County Tipperary, the wind was warm and from the South-East, but with bands of heavy rain in active weather fronts, I had just lost a female dryas on the wind so did not take much notice when an Anax was blown in to the very small pool. It was wary amd moving too fast to keep in the binoculars, so I continued to hunt for the dryas. That found, I turned to watch as female Lesser Emperor Anax parthenope, just before it was blown away across the fields."

In an earlier article entitled "Field Work in the Emerald Isle" (page 20 of "Darter", spring 2009) Mr. Donnithorne writes (referring to field work in 2008):

"In July I returned to Ireland for the sixth year to continue my studies of Scarce Emerald Damsely Lestes dryas and Emerald Damsely Lestes sponsa. ...The fieldwork from 2004 onwards still requires writing up. I have had a quick look at it for this article and I have now covered roughly half of Ireland. I can now visit 150 potential sites in 2 weeks, depending on weather. This was better than normal in 2008, with a further 11 new sites being added. In addition to the 11 post 2000 sites that were known when I started in 2003, I think I have added in the region of 100 more. More important than numbes though is that dryas has now been recorded well away from those original sites in Central and Mid-west Ireland. As well as the new sites found in Wicklow, Carlow, West Meath, Tipperary and Offaly in 2007, I was able to confirm sites in Limerick in 2008....However, the best site where I gave up counting at 1,0000 adults, saw 2 the following year and 10 the next. The longer you record, the more you understand that dryas can exist on many different sites at a low level, whereas sponsa has slightly different requirements and is therefore more common..... The only sure fire method (i.e. to tell dryas from sponsa - IR) is to see the claspers/genitalia and to a certain extent the 2nd abdominal segment, These characteristics work from emergence to adult. Colour is not always diagnostic and is best left, unless you have both species for comparison. Male dryas colour up slowly, whereas male sponsa has a "juvenile" form that persists in the population ad looks just like the female. Given a long season, male sponsa eye colour can be as intense as dryas eye colour."

These 2 articles between them indicate that Lesser Emperor Anax parthenope has been recorded in Tipperary for the first time in 2009 and that Turlough Spreadwing (or Scarce Emerald Damselfly) Lestes dryas was recorded in Co. Limerick for the first time in 2008 (at least, I am not aware of previous records, and have looked without success at several sites which I thought possible) and also Carlow and Offaly. The only previous record for Tipperary I am aware of was in 2002 at Newchapel Turlough near Borrsiokane in North Tipperary; the 2009 site near Cashel would be in South Tipperary and hence a new vice-county record. This makes, according to my calculations, 17 counties (and 20 vice-counties) in Ireland from which Lestes dryas has been recorded; so far it has not been reported from any Co. Cork, Waterford, Laois, Dublin, Louth, or any of the nine Ulster counties. The most northerly known sites are in Sligo and Leitrim. The record for Kerry (Lough Caragh in 19th century) is very old and does not seem a likely habitat, so it may be a mistake. As can be seen below, Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta was also reported from Co. Tipperary (I believe for the first time) in 2009; Emperor Anax imperator was also reported there in 2003.

GEORGE LEATHEM

c. 19th November 2010: In a conversation on 10th December 2009, George mentioned seeing "a large dragonfly" at Brackagh Bog (J0251) near Portadown, Co. Armagh "two or three weeks ago", which would make it approximately 19th to 26th November. This could be either Moorland Hawker Aeshna juncea or Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta, though the latter has not been confirmed so far from Northern Ireland outside a handful of places in East Down. The latest date for Aeshna juncea in Nelson and Thompson (2004) is 1st November 1994 though I saw one on 3rd November 1975 in Co. Londonderry, while although the latest date for Aeshna mixta in T & N 2004 is 29th October, I know has been recorded in mid-November in Co. Wexford. Although Aeshna mixta thus tends to fly somewhat later and cannot be ruled out, on the whole I would suspect Aeshna juncea. November, though very wet, was generally fairly mild until near the end, when there were slight frosts. Late October was also very mild.

OCTOBER 2009

http://www.wildside.ie/news.php?art=38 mentions that a Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) was seen at North Slob, Wexford, on 10th and 11th October, with 3 present on 12th October, and 1 on North Slob on 23rd October. These reports were formerly on http://www.wexfordnaturalists.com/gaggle.php but this is no longer on-line. No November Odonata, surprisingly in view of this mild and frequently sunny location, are shown for the November 2009 report.

PETER DOYLE

26th October 2009: A brief still window of sunshine produced a male Moorland Hawker, Aeshna juncea, and 20-30 Common Darters, Sympetrum striolatum at the upper lake in Glendalough this morning

GEOFF HUNT

14th October 2009: 2 Migrant Hawkers (Aeshna mixta) at Lough Gur, Limerick, and 3 I) at Doohoyle lough near Rathkeale.

KEVIN COLLINS

There was 1 Migrant/Autumn Hawker (Aeshna mixta)Cabragh Wetlands near Thurles, Co. Tipperary S104550 on Monday 12th October 2009 at 2.30pm. See photo attached.This appears to be a first county record for Tipperary. (CONFIRMED FROM PHOTOGRAPH BRIAN NELSON MAY 2010).

SEPTEMBER 2009

The following was shown for September 2009 in Co. Wexford on http://www.wexfordnaturalists.com/gaggle.php (no longer on-line):

DRAGONFLIES: Migrant Hawker present through the month with maximum count of 18 noted at Raven Nature Reserve on 12th. Brown Hawker noted through the month with maximum count of 3 noted at Raven Nature Reserve on 7th and 12th. Common Darter noted through the month with maximum count of 53 at Raven Nature Reserve on 23rd. A Common Hawker was present at Raven Nature Reserve on 12th and an Emperor Dragonfly was also noted at Raven Nature Reserve on 23rd.

These are good numbers of Migrant Hawkers and probably reflect the better weather in mid-September 2009 following a wet summer (July had 4 times the normal rainfall in parts of Co. Wexford). The 23.9.2009 record for Emperor must be among the latest ever dates for Ireland although (see below) it was reported in Co. Wexford on 28th September 2009, and it was also recorded on 24th September 2002 (Nelson & Thompson 2004) - IR.

NIALL KEOGH >28th September 2009: A male Blue Emperor was seen very well in flight at close range, hunting over a small pool at the east end of Tacumshin Lake, Co. Wexford in front of "The High Car Park". It was noted as being as bright apple green on the thorax and as bright sky blue on the abdomen as one would expect to see on a Blue Emperor during the summer so perhaps the late date is not sufficient for assuming that there may be a chance of it being a Green Darner [which presumably look noticeably duller even in flight?]. 2 Migrant Hawkers & 2 Common Darters were also present. Niall T. Keogh & Noel Keogh

25th Sept 2009: 4-5 Migrant Hawkers were seen feeding around scrub just north of Arklow town ponds, Co. Wicklow. Niall T. Keogh & Noel Keogh

22nd Sept 2009: 8 Migrant Hawkers were feeding along the sheltered side of a hedge on the road at Six-mile-point, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow and a further single Migrant Hawker was seen near the hide in Blackditch East Coast Nature Reserve. Niall T. Keogh

DAVID NIXON

17th September 2009: 3 Migrant Hawkers (Aeshna mixta) and a few each of Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) and Common Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) at Lough Money near Downpatrick, Co. Down.

PETER DOYLE

13th September 2009: 3 Moorland Hawker, A.juncea, was a disappointing count at Powerscourt Waterfall on Sunday 13/9 in what ostensibly was a good weather window. It proved to be quite cool with a weak sun for much of the day; with only isolated pockets of dragon heat in sheltered areas.

GEOFF HUNT

12th September 2009: Fiddown Co Kilkenny S41, 1 Migrant hawker, 6 common darter.

BPETER DOYLE

5th September 2010: One female Migrant Hawker, A.mixta and 2 Common Darter, S.striolatum on the east side of the Buckthorn at Kilcoole, Co.Wicklow on 5/9 are the only recent Odonata of note

AUGUST 2009

http://www.wexfordnaturalists.com/gaggle.php (no longer on-line) mentioned the following:

DRAGONFLIES: Up to 3 Emperor Dragonfly were noted at Raven Nature Reserve on 1st and 2nd and there was 1 present on 7th. There was 1 Common Hawker noted at Raven Nature Reserve on 1st with 4 present on 7th and 2 on 16th. 1 was also noted at Brownscastle Wood on 2nd. There were 8 Brown Hawker present at Raven Nature Reserve on 7th with 1 present on 16th. This species was also recorded at Brownscastle Wood on 2nd (a pair noted mating) and on North Slob on a number of dates in the first half of the month. There were 2 to 3 male Beautiful Demoiselles at Brownscastle Wood on 2nd. There were 29 Common Darter at Raven Nature Reserve on 7th with 33 present on 16th and 43 counted on both 20th and 26th. 7 Migrant Hawkers were seen in Raven Nature Reserve on 20th with 4 noted on 26th. There was 1 also noted at Raven Point on 25th. There were 5 Four-spotted Chaser noted at Raven Nature Reserve on 20th.

DAVID NIXON

31st August 2009: 12+ Brown Hawkers (Aeshna grandis) at Crom Estate, Upper Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh.

PETER DOYLE

22nd August 2009: A quick decision to avail of a brief window of good ambient temperature & sunshine prompted a visit to Glendalough on Saturday 22/8; producing 4-6 male & at least 1 ovipositing female Moorland Hawker (A.juncea), 3 male & 1 female Keeled Skimmer (O.coerulescens), 25+ Black Darter(S.danae), 20+ Common Darter (S.striolatum), 10+ Common Blue (E.cyathigerum), 30+ Emerald (L.sponsa) & 6+ Blue-tailed Damselfly(I.elegans) at the west end of the upper lake. 1 late, worn Four-spotted Chaser (L.quadrimaculata) brought the day odonata talley up to 8 here too. A quick look at the lower lake surround produced another 3-5 male Keeled Skimmer (O.coerulescens) also.

ANGUS TYNER

23rd August 2009:Aeshna mixta) found in late July, and a couple if sightings since, from 5th August.

http://www.wexfordnaturalists.com/gaggle.php (no longer on-line) mentioned the following (July 2009 report for Co. Wexford):

DRAGONFLIES: A good number of species of damselfly and dragonfly were recorded through the county during the month with most counts being relatively small in number (certainly in comparison to some recent years). Maximum counts are noted as follows: 7 Beautiful Demoiselle at Eden Vale on 15th; 5 Azure damselfly at Raven Nature Reserve on 3rd; 4 Common Blue Damselfly at Our Lady’s Island Lake on 15th; 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly at Our Lady’s Island Lake on 15th; 1 Large Red Damselfly at Raven Nature Reserve on 3rd. There were 2 Emperor Dragonfly at Raven Nature Reserve on 3rd and 2 at Forth Mountain on 29th; 40+ Common Darters at Jamestown on 27th; 7 Brown Hawker at Eden Vale on 15th; 3 Common Hawker at Raven Nature Reserve on 29th. The prized sighting must be the male Keeled Skimmer noted at Forth Mountain on 29th.

As far as I know, the only other records for Keeled Skimmer in Co. Wexford are in the NW of the county in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains, where the lare C.B Moffatt found it in the Upper Urrin Valley in the early 20th century and where I saw adults in August 2003 and adults and an exuvia in June 2005 at Cloroge More nar Kiltealy, in more or less the same area.

DAVID NIXON

29th July 2009: 2 Brown Hawkers (Aeshna grandis) and 4 Banded Jewelwings (Calopteryx splendens) at Lagan Towpath, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

IAN RIPPEY

27th July to 9th August 2009 and 4th to 10th September 2009, Western and Central Ireland, etc: (To save time, etc, I have summarised my own records in blocks relating to the same species):

CALOPTERYX VIRGO: Glenosheen, Kilfinnane R6619 Limerick 30.7.2009.Calopteryx virgo 1 Male by small stream. Brownscastle, Wexford S9222 Wexford 2.8.2009 Calopteryx virgo 5-7 including 1 mating pair, 2-3 other males and 1-2 other females beside stream at bottom of hill. Derrynane, Caherdanile V5359 South Kerry 4.8.2009 Calopteryx virgo 1 Male in Oak tree.

CALOPTERYX SPLENDENS: West end of Dromore Wood R3587 Clare 27.7.2009 Calopteryx splendens 1 Male, presumably a stray from a nearby stream. River Laune at Beaufort V8792 North Kerry 5.8.2009 Calopteryx splendens 2 males and a female.

LESTES DRYAS: Ballyvelaghan Lough M277113 Clare 28.7.2009 Lestes dryas 6 (1 mating pair, 3 males and 1 female). Apart from the records of Nick Donnithorne mentioned above this seems to be the only 2009 report of the species.

LESTES SPONSA: Ballyvelaghan Lough M277113 Clare 28.7.2009 Lestes sponsa 1-2 Males. Glendollagh Lake L8447 West Galway 7.8.2009 Lestes sponsa 6-8. Woody Lough L843471 West Galway 7.8.2009 Lestes sponsa 5-6. Derroogh Loughs South R4290 S.E. Galway 5.9.2009 Lestes sponsa 1. Lahardan, Crusheen R3789 Clare 6.9.2009 Lestes sponsa 1 Male. Lahardan, Crusheen R3789 Clare 8.9.2009 Lestes sponsa 3. Newchapel Turlough R853926 North Tipperary 10.9.2009 Lestes sponsa 1-4 (1 male identified and 2-3 other female Lestes spp. seen). This is a site where Lestes dryas was seen in 2002 and the turlough had plenty of water in it, but it may have been somewhat late for it.

ISCHNURA ELEGANS: Addroon, Corofin R3689 Clare 27.7.2009 Ischnura elegans 1. Muckinish, Ballyvaughan M276086 Clare 28.7.2009 Ischnura elegans 1. Rockvale Br., Kilcorkan R386986 Clare 29.7.2009 Ischnura elegans (4 Mating pair and 2 others). Kerloge, Wexford T053194 Wexford 1.8.2009 Ischnura elegans 3 .Raven Dunes, Curracloe T1125 Wexford 1.8.2009 Ischnura elegans 1. Derrynane, Caherdaniel V5358 South Kerry 4.8.2009 Ischnura elegans 11-12 (c.10 around small pool and 1 or 2 larger pools in dunes). Muckinish, Ballyvaughan M276086 Clare 9.8.2009 Ischnura elegans 1-2.

ENALLAGMA CYATHIGERUM: Ballylennan, Gort M4302 S.E. Galway 27.7.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum A few. Carrowgarriff, Kinvarra M4101 S.E. Galway 28.7.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 Male. Ballyeighter Wood R343934 Clare 28.7.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum Several males. Cooloorta, Boston R3496 Clare 29.7.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 Male. Rockvale Br., Kilcorkan R386986 Clare 29.7.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 1. Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 29.7.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 6-8 Males. Rinnamona, Kilnaboy R2994 Clare 29.7.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 Male. Rinnamona/Knockaunroe R2994 Clare 6.8.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 1. Cregmoher, Corofin R2886 Clare 6.8.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 Male. West end of Dromore Wood R3587 Clare 6.8.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 1. Ballymore, Kilcolgan M4013 S.E. Galway 7.8.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 2-3. Corranellistrum M1941 West Galway 7.8.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 4-6. Glendollagh Lake L8447 West Galway 7.8.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 2-4. Derreenatloghtan, Boston M3701 Clare 7.9.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 Male. Ballyeighter Wood/Lake R3493 Clare 7.9.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 4. Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 7.9.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 4 Males.

COENAGRION PUELLA: Ballyvelaghan Lough M277113 Clare 28.7.2009 Coenagrion puella 2 Males. Muckinish, Ballyvaughan M276086 Clare 9.8.2009 Coenagrion puella 1 male.

COENAGRION PULCHELLUM: Muckinish, Ballyvaughan M276086 Clare 9.8.2009 Coenagrion pulchellum ( male and 1 female).

ANAX IMPERATOR: Raven Dunes, Curracloe T1125 Wexford 1.8.2009 Anax imperator At least least 2 males seen

Aeshna grandis: Toome, Ballymahahon N1758 Longford 27.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 1 On roadside near Royal Canal at Toome Bridge. West end of Dromore Wood R3587 Clare 27.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 4-6. Addroon, Corofin R3689 Clare 27.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 1 On roadside a little NE of Ardroon. Ballylennan, Gort M4302 S.E. Galway 27.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 4. West end of Dromore Wood R3587 Clare 28.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. West end of Dromore Wood R3587 Clare 29.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 2. Kennedy's Lough, Ennis R377856 Clare 29.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Knockaunroe, Kilnaboy R3094 Clare 29.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 2-3. Burren Holistic Centre R344944 Clare 29.7.2009 Aeshna grandis c. 4. Cooloorta, Boston R3496 Clare 29.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 3-4. South of Lough Bunny R3796 Clare 29.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 15+. Rockvale Br., Kilcorkan R386986 Clare 29.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 2-3. Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 29.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 3-5. Rinnamona, Kilnaboy R2994 Clare 29.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 1+. Aughinish, Barrigone R2751 Limerick 30.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Creeves, Askeaton R2946 Limerick 30.7.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Sinnottstown, Wexford T0418 Wexford 1.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Raven Dunes, Curracloe T1125 Wexford 1.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 6-8. Brownscastle, Wexford S9222 Wexford 2.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 1-2. Crossroads at Boston R382981 Clare 6.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 2-3 Seen at 2 or 3 spots on roadside between Aglish and Corofin. West end of Dromore Wood R3587 Clare 6.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Rinnamona/Knockaunroe R2994 Clare 6.8.2009 Aeshna grandis Several Could be in R29 and/or R39. Cregmoher, Corofin R2886 Clare 6.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 6-8. Carrownamadra, Kilnaboy R2993 Clare 6.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Portumna Forest Park M8403 S.E. Galway 8.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 3-4. Commons of Carney R8791 North Tipperary 8.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 3-4. Normangrove, Kinvarra M3504 S,E. Galway 6.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 1-2. Quakerstown, Boston M3700 Clare 6.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 2-3. Corranellistrum M195408 West Galway 7.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Corranellistrum M1941 West Galway 7.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. W, of Pollagh Bog M2039 West Galway 7.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 6-8. Lahardan, Crusheen R3789 Clare 6.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 1 Male (caught and released). Near Castle River R377898 Clare 6.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 7.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 8-10. Rockvale Br., Kilcorkan R386986 Clare 7.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 1-2. Ballyeighter Wood/Lake R3493 Clare 7.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 3-4. Derreenatloghtan, Boston M3701 Clare 7.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Cahiracon, Shannon River R2456 Clare 8.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Knockaunatook, Gort M4202 S.E. Galway 9.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 4-6. Skehanagh, Lough Derg R8191 North Tipperary 10.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Kilgarvan Quay R8296 North Tipperary 10.9.2009 Aeshna grandis c. 4

Aeshna juncea: Knockaunroe, Kilnaboy R3094 Clare 29.7.2009 Aeshna juncea 1. Aughinish, Barrigone R2751 Limerick 30.7.2009 Aeshna juncea 1. Brownscastle, Wexford S9222 Wexford 2.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 1-2. Gortagowan, Sneem V740671 South Kerry 4.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 2-3. Dromnycolman, Kilgarvan W0273 South Kerry 4.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 3. Owgarriv Br. Glenflesk W097817 South Kerry.4.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 1. Fields etc near Kenmare V9070 South Kerry 4.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 1. Gap of Dunloe V8787 North Kerry 5.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 1. Darbys Bridge, Kells V5586 ?North Kerry 5.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 1. Corranellistrum M195408 West Galway 7.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 1. W, of Pollagh Bog M2039 West Galway 7.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 2. Portumna Forest Park M8403 S.E. Galway 8.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 2. Commons of Carney R8791 North Tipperary 8.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 2-3. Feevagh Beg/Breeole M8642 Roscommon 9.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 2-3. Lugboy, Taghmaconnell M8842 Roscommon 9.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 2. Cloonbonny Bog, Athlone N0636 Westmeath 9.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 1. Scarriff,Tubber R4293 S.E. Galway 5.9.2009 Aeshna juncea 1 Along roadside. Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 7.9.2009 Aeshna juncea 1. Ballyargadaun, Loughrea M6810 S.E. Galway 9.9.2009 Aeshna juncea 1

ORTHETRUM CANCELLATUM: Very scarce in laet July/early August compared with mid-June: Kennedy's Lough, Ennis R377856 Clare 29.7.2009 Orthetrum cancellatum 1 Male. Corranellistrum M1941 West Galway 7.8.2009 Orthetrum cancellatum 2 Males

LIBELLULA QUADRIMCULATA. Knockaunroe, Kilnaboy R3094 Clare 29.7.2009 Libellula quadrimaculata 1 Worn. Raven Dunes, Curracloe T1125 Wexford 1.8.2009 Libellula quadrimaculata 1-2. Ballycasey, Borrisokane R9296 North Tipperary 9.8.2009 Libellula quadrimaculata 1.

SYMPETRUM SANGUINEUM: Much scarcer than expected in the Burren, etc: Ballylennan, Gort M4302 S.E. Galway 27.7.2009 Sympetrum sanguineum 1 Male. Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 29.7.2009 Sympetrum sanguineum 1 male and 2 females. Ballymore, Kilcolgan M4013 S.E. Galway 7.8.2009 Sympetrum sanguineum 1. Frenchpark, Kilcolgan M4114 S.E. Galway 9.9.2009 Sympetrum sanguineum 1 Male. Newchapel Turlough R853926 North Tipperary 10.9.2009 Sympetrum sanguineum 1 Male

SYMPETRUM DANAE. Extremely scarce. Rinecaha, Boston R3693 Clare 5.9.2009 Sympetrum danae 1 Black male. Ballyeighter Wood/Lake R3493 Clare 7.9.2009 Sympetrum danae 1 Black male

Sympetrum striolatum: Ballylennan, Gort M4302 S.E. Galway 27.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum VERY ABUNDANT. Addroon, Corofin R3689 Clare 27.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1-2. Ballyeighter Wood R343934 Clare 28.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum c. 20. Rockvale Br., Kilcorkan R386986 Clare 29.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum MANY DOZENS, MAINLY IN FIELD JUST SOUTH OF BRIDGE. Burren Holistic Centre R344944 Clare 29.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum A few. Cooloorta, Boston R3496 Clare 29.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum A few. Rinnamona, Kilnaboy R2994 Clare 29.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum Common. West end of Dromore Wood R3587 Clare 29.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1. Kennedy's Lough, Ennis R377856 Clare 29.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1. Knockaunroe, Kilnaboy R3094 Clare 29.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum Common. Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 29.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum c. 12. Aughinish, Barrigone R2751 Limerick 30.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 8-10. Ballyhibbin, Askeaton R3746 Limerick 30.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1-2. Cappagh, Askeaton R3945 Limerick 30.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1. Tory Hill, Croom R5342 Limerick 30.7.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1. Sinnottstown, Wexford T0418 Wexford 1.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1. Kerloge, Wexford T053194 Wexford 1.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 2 Mating pair. Raven Dunes, Curracloe T1125 Wexford 1.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum c. 20. Derrynane, Caherdaniel V5358 South Kerry 4.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1. Derrynane, Caherdanile V5359 South Kerry 4.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 2. Ballycarnahan V551591 South Kerry 4.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 2. Fields etc near Kenmare V9070 South Kerry 4.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 2. Rinnamona/Knockaunroe R2994 Clare 6.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 20+. Cregmoher, Corofin R2886 Clare 6.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 8-10. Crossroads at Boston R382981 Clare 6.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1. Glendollagh Lake L8447 West Galway 7.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1. Corranellistrum M195408 West Galway 7.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 2. W, of Pollagh Bog M2039 West Galway 7.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 5-6. Leagh South, Kinvara M316103 S.E. Galway 7.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1. Ballymore, Kilcolgan M4013 S.E. Galway 7.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum c. 20. Commons of Carney R8791 North Tipperary 8.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 3-4. Lisheen,Gort R4199 S.E. Galway 5.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum c. 6. Near Castle River R377898 Clare 6.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1. Crossroads at Boston R382981 Clare 7.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 4-8 1-2 mating pairs and 2-4 others. Derreenatloghtan, Boston M3701 Clare 7.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 3-5. Ballyeighter Wood/Lake R3493 Clare 7.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum c. 20. Rockvale Br., Kilcorkan R386986 Clare 7.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum c. 20 including several mating pairs. Lahardan, Crusheen R3789 Clare 8.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 2. Knockaunatook, Gort M4202 S.E. Galway 9.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 10-12. Ballymore, Kilcolgan M4013 S.E. Galway 9.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 8-10. Frenchpark, Kilcolgan M4114 S.E. Galway 9.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum c. 20. Ballydoogan Bog, Loughrea M678176 S,E, Galway 9.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1-2. Newchapel Turlough R853926 North Tipperary 10.9.2009 Sympetrum sanguineum 1 Male.

For Northern Ireland, I have given records in chronological order below from 13th August onwards. Note the confirmed records of Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) from 3 sites all in the Lecale Peninsula in the east of Co. Down on 20th September (2 of which, Carrickanab Lake near Clough and Ballydugan Lake near Downpatrick) are new sites; the other site, Lough Money near Downpatrick, was where it was first confirmed in Northern Ireland in 2006 by David Nixon (and has been seen in each year since from 2007-2009). There was also a probable report from Portulla Wood near Downpatrick on 22nd August and up to 2 rather doubtful records from Co. Armagh. I strongly believe I saw 1 at Carrickanab in early October 2005 though could not confirm it (Aeshna juncea) seems unrecorded in the Lecale Peninsula) although Robert Thompson also believes he may have seen 1 at Peatlands Park in mid-September 1984 (a migratory Clouded Yellow butterfly was also seen at the same time).

Navan Quarry, Armagh H850453 Armagh 13.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 2-3. Aeshna juncea 1. Sympetrum striolatum Several. Lestes sponsa 5 (1 mating pair, 2 males and 1 female). Ischnura elegans 1. Enallagma cyathigerum 2-3

Legalough, Belcoo H089347 Fermanagh 17.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 1 Ovipositing in plants near northern edge of lake. Sympetrum striolatum c. 10

Hollow near Marble Arch H123344 Fermanagh 17.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 1

Reilly Wood, Derrylin H3325 Fermanagh 17.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 2-3. Lestes sponsa 1

Reilly Wood, Derrylin H3325 Fermanagh 17.8.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum A few. Aeshna grandis 1 Seen on 2nd visit, c. 6.15 pm to 7.00 pm. Enallagma cyathigerum 1 Seen on 2nd visit, c. 6.15 pm to 7.00 pm).

Derryvore, Derrylin H354236 Fermanagh 17.8.2009 Enallagma cyathigerum 1

Fields E. of Tynan Abbey H763423 Armagh 18.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 1

Carne, Portadown J030566 Armagh 19.8.2009 Aeshna grandis 1

Derryadd Lake, Portadown H913605 Armagh 21.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Slieve Gullion Garden J032194 Armagh 21.8.2009 Aeshna juncea 1

Lough Money, Downpatrick J5345 Down 22.8.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1-2. Enallagma cyathigerum c. 20

Lisdoo Lake, Markethill H993437 Armagh 4.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 2-3

Navan Quarry, Armagh H850453 Armagh 4.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Sympetrum striolatum 6-8. Lestes sponsa c. 8 (1 mating pair and about 6 others). Enallagma cyathigerum 2 Males

Navan Quarry, Armagh H850453 Armagh 15.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Sympetrum striolatum 1. Lestes sponsa 2 (1 male identified).

Carne, Portadown J030566 Armagh 16.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 1

Montiaghs NNR, Aghalee J0965 Antrim 19.9.2009 Aeshna grandis 1. Aeshna juncea 2-3 Males. Sympetrum danae 7-9 (1 female and 6-8 males). Sympetrum striolatum 2

Carrickanab, Clough J453384 Down 20.9.2009 Aeshna mixta. At least 1 (male) seen; a new site. I believe I saw a smalllish clear-winged Hawker here on 7th October 2005 (which I believe was Aeshna mixta, and which would have been prior to the 1st confirmed sighting in Northern Ireland in 2006 at Lough Money near Downpatrick)

Ballydugan L., D'Patrick J460428 Down 20.9.2009 Aeshna mixta 1. Third site (and 2nd new site for Northern Ireland) at which I saw this species on this date

Lough Money, Downpatrick J5345 Down 20.9.2009 Aeshna mixta. 1 Male, seen resting at close quarters for some time and filmed with a camcorder; the fourth year in succession it has been seen here (where it was first confirmed in Northern Ireland by David Nixon in 2006).Lough Money, Downpatrick J5345 Down 20.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 7-8 (2 mating pairs and 3-4 others).

Navan Quarry, Armagh H850453 Armagh 24.9.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 2. Lestes sponsa 1 Male

Maghery Bog, Kilkeel J257153 Down 4.10.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Ballynahatten, Kilkeel J279117 Down 4.10.2009 Sympetrum striolatum 3-4 Mating pair and 1-2 others

Peatlands Park H8961 Armagh 12.10.2009 Aeshna juncea 2. Sympetrum danae c. 20. Sympetrum striolatum c. 15

Navan Quarry, Armagh H850453 Armagh 17.10.2009 Aeshna juncea 1. Sympetrum striolatum 1-2

UNCONFIRMED RECORDS FOR AESHNA MIXTA

Paper Mill Br., Armagh H853397 Armagh 21.8.2009 Aeshna juncea/Aeshna mixta 1.Clear-winged hawker probably Aeshna juncea, though just possible it could have been Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta; the latter has not been confirmed from Co. Armagh though Robert Thompson believes he may have seen 1 in the Peatlands Park in mid-September 1984. It was also seen at 2-3 new sites in Co. Down in 2009 as well as the single site in the county (Lough Money) where it had first been confirmed in Northern Ireland in 2006 and subsequently in 2007 & 2008 also. It is also possible that the large dragonfly seen by George Monteith in late November at Brackagh Bog, Co. Armagh, was also Aeshna mixta though on the whole I am inclined to believe it was A. juncea.

Portulla Wood, D'patrick J497465 Down 22.8.2009 ?Aeshna mixta 1. Clear-winged Hawker seen flying near house at western edge of wood - most probably this species as Aeshna juncea seems to be very rare in the Lecale area, whereas Aeshna mixta seems to be established at Lough Money, a few miles SE of here, since 2006, and single specimens were also seen at 2 other sites within about 5-6 miles of here in September 2009.