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Dragonflies and Damselflies

There are about 40 species of Odonata inhabiting the British Isles. Of these, 21 species have been recorded, and, with a few exceptions, photographed, in Radley in recent years.

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Click here to see the list of recorded species with no photograph.

Group Order Family Species Common Name Author Date
Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) photographed 28 May 2010 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Coenagrionidae
Coenagrion puella
Azure damselfly
B Crowley
2010/05/28
Banded demoiselle (Calyopteryx splendens) photographed 10 June 2007 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Calopterygidae
Calyopteryx splendens
Banded Demioselle
B Crowley
2007/06/10
Beautiful demoiselle, photographed 19 June 2005 by L PasquireInsects
Odonata
Calopterygidae
Calyopteryx splendens
Banded Demioselle
L J Pasquire
2005/06/19
Banded demoiselle, photographed 20 June 2007 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Calopterygidae
Calyopteryx splendens
Banded Demioselle
B Crowley
2007/05/20
Black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) photographed by B Crowley, 30 June 2006. ID by E van der PloegInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Orthetrum cancellatum
Black-tailed Skimmer
B Crowley
2006/06/30
Black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) female, photographed 16 June 2010 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Orthetrum cancellatum
Black-tailed Skimmer
B Crowley
2010/06/16
Black-tailed skimmer, photographed 30 June 2006 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Orthetrum cancellatum
Black-tailed Skimmer
B Crowley
2006/06/30
Blue-tailed damselflies, photographed 30 May 2005 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Coenagrionidae
Ischnura elegans
Blue-tailed damselfly
B Crowley
2005/05/30
Blue tailed damselfly, photographed 15 May 2005 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Coenagrionidae
Ischnura elegans
Blue-tailed damselfly
B Crowley
2005/05/15
Coenagrionid damselfly larva, photographed 03 June 2010 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Coenagrionidae
Ischnura elegans
Blue-tailed damselfly
B Crowley
2010/06/03
Broad-bodied chaser, photographed 04 June 2006 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Libellula depressa
Broad-bodied Chaser
B Crowley
2006/06/04
Aeshna grandis, photographed 04 July 2008, by S Calvert-FisherInsects
Odonata
Aeshnidae
Aeshna grandis
Brown Hawker
S Calvert-Fisher
2008/07/04
Brown Hawker, photographed 23 September 2006 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Aeshnidae
Aeshna grandis
Brown Hawker
B Crowley
2006/09/23
Coenagrionid damselfly exuvia, most probably of a female Common Blue damselfly, photographed 28 May 2011 by J CartmellInsects
Odonata
Coenagrionidae
Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Blue damselfly
Jo Cartmell
2011/05/28
Common blue damselfly - female - photographed 15 May 2005 by L PasquireInsects
Odonata
Coenagrionidae
Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Blue damselfly
L J Pasquire
2005/05/15
Common blue damselfly, photographed 11 June 2005 by L PasquireInsects
Odonata
Coenagrionidae
Enallagma cyathigerum
Common Blue damselfly
L J Pasquire
2005/06/11
Common Darter, photographed 10 September 2006 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Sympetrum striolatum
Common Darter
B Crowley
2006/09/10
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) male, photographed 08 August 2010 by M KosniowskiInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Sympetrum striolatum
Common Darter
M Kosniowski
2010/08/08
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) photographed 21 August 2010 by W BallInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Sympetrum striolatum
Common Darter
W Ball
2010/08/21
Emperor dragonfly, photographed 31/07/05 by L PasquireInsects
Odonata
Aeshnidae
Anax imperator
Emperor Dragonfly
L J Pasquire
2005/07/31
Emperor dragonfly exuvia photographed 30 June 2006 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Aeshnidae
Anax imperator
Emperor Dragonfly
B Crowley
2006/06/30
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) larva, photographed 2 October 2005 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Aeshnidae
Anax imperator
Emperor Dragonfly
B Crowley
2005/10/02
Emperor (Anax imperator) photographed 07 July 2011 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Aeshnidae
Anax imperator
Emperor Dragonfly
B Crowley
2011/07/07
4-spotted Chaser, photographed 02 June 2006 by Jo CartmellInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Libellula quadrimaculata
Four-spotted Chaser
Jo Cartmell
2006/06/02
Ovipositing pair of Large Red Damselflies, photographed 24 May 2007 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Coenagrionidae
Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Large red damselfy
B Crowley
2007/05/24
Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) photographed 11 August 2007 by S BurchInsects
Odonata
Aeshnidae
Anax parthenope
Lesser Emperor
S Burch
2007/08/11
Aeshna mixta, photographed 24 August 2007 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Aeshnidae
Aeshna mixta
Migrant Hawker
B Crowley
2007/08/24
Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas) photographed 05 June 2010 by J CartmellInsects
Odonata
Coenagrionidae
Erythromma najas
Red-eyed damselfly
Jo Cartmell
2010/06/05
Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) photographed 28 May 2010 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Coenagrionidae
Erythromma najas
Red-eyed damselfly
L J Pasquire
2012/06/01
Ruddy Darter, photographed 22 June 2006 by L PasquireInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Sympetrum sanguineum
Ruddy Darter
L J Pasquire
2006/06/22
Ruddy Darter (immature maleP photographed 30 June 2006 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Sympetrum sanguineum
Ruddy Darter
B Crowley
2006/06/30
Ruddy darter, photographed 22 August 2004 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Libellulidae
Sympetrum sanguineum
Ruddy Darter
B Crowley
2004/08/22
Aeshna cyanea, photographed 8 September 2007 by B CrowleyInsects
Odonata
Aeshnidae
Aeshna cyanea
Southern Hawker
B Crowley
2007/09/08
Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanae) photographed 08 August 2010 by M KosniowskiInsects
Odonata
Aeshnidae
Aeshna cyanea
Southern Hawker
M Kosniowski
2010/08/08

Recorded species with no photograph

 

ZYGOPTERA (Damselflies)

White-legged damselflies (Platycnemididae)

  • White-legged damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes)*

Red damselflies and blue damselflies (Coenagrionidae)

  • Small Red-eyed damselfly (Erythromma viridulum)*

     

ANISOPTERA (Dragonflies)

Hawker dragonflies (Aeshnidae)

  • Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense)*

Club-tailed dragonflies (Gomphidae)

  • Club-tailed Dragonfly (Gomphus vulgatissimus)*

Emerald dragonflies (Corduliidae)

  • Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)*
 

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References

 

Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Great Britain and Ireland
Steve Brooks and Richard Lewington
British Wildlife Publishing, Gillingham, Dorset, Revised edition, 2004
ISBN 0 9531399 0 5

 

Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe
Klaas-Douwe B Dijkstra and Richard Lewington
British Wildlife Publishing, Gillingham, Dorset, 2006
ISBN 0 953 1399 4 8 (paperback)
ISBN 0 953 1399 5 6 (hardback)

 

The Dragonflies of Oxfordshire
Anthony Brownett
Brookside Books, 1996
ISBN 0 9515647 2 2 (hardback)

 

Photographic Guide to the Exuviae of European Dragonflies
Christophe Brochard & Ewoud van der Ploeg
Not yet published
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