Dragonflies and Damselflies

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Reculver and Minnis Bay

Banded Demoiselle 
Occurs in small numbers each year. Mainly in the Reculver area.

Male Banded Demoiselle - Chris Hindle

Emerald Damselfly 
A male was found and photographed beside the River Wantsum at Chamber's Wall on 2nd September 2012.                                             

Male Emerald Damselfly - Marc Heath

Willow Emerald Damselfly  
A male and female were found at Chamber's Wall on 18th August 2010 and were the first record of adults of this species in Kent. From 2012 onwards small numbers have been seen at Reculver and Chamber's Wall.

Willow Emerald Damselfly - Marc Heath
Large Red Damselfly          
Only two or three records - an uncommon insect here. The most  recent records being at Shuart on 20th May 2012 and 19th May 2013.                                        

Large Red Damselfly - Marc Heath

Common Blue Damselfly    
Common and seen in all suitable habitat.

Common Blue Damselfly - Derek Smith

Azure Damselfly                  
Common in areas where the water has plenty of emergent vegetation such as Chamber's Wall, Shuart and West Brook Valley.

Azure Damselfly - Derek Smith

Variable Damselfly
Not common.
Variable Damselfly - Chris Tedder

Blue-tailed Damselfly          
Common and seen in all suitable habitat.

Blue-tailed Damselfly - Chris Hindle

Red-eyed Damselfly              
Not uncommon with sightings from the Wantsum and at Reculver and other suitable areas of water.

Red-eyed Damselfly - Derek Smith

Small Red-eyed Damselfly    
Since colonising the Reculver area numbers have reduced there but have become more widespread particularly on the River Wantsum.

Small Red-eyed Damselfly - Chris Hindle

Hairy Dragonfly                    
Usually the first dragonfly on the wing and fairly regular across the the whole area favouring the wider dykes.

Hairy Dragonfly - Julian Perry

Southern Hawker
Uncommon. One or two records each year along the hedges at Shuart and Netherhale.

Southern Hawker - Derek Smith

Southern Migrant Hawker
A male was found by Chris Tedder at Shuart on 31st July 2019 and remained there into August when others were found by the seawall at the Oyster Farm and at Reculver.

Southern Migrant Hawker - Chris Tedder

Migrant Hawker
Abundant. In August and September hundreds can be seen hunting along hedgerows and in sheltered spots.

Migrant Hawker - Derek Smith

Norfolk Hawker
Matt found one flying over the River Wantsum west of Chamber's Wall on 15th July 2015 and one possibly three were found on the railway embankment at Shuart on 1st July 2018. Subsequently they seem to be slowly spreading within the area.

Norfolk Hawker - Chris Tedder

Emperor Dragonfly
Regular. Mostly around the larger reservoirs.

Emperor Dragonfly ovipositing - Derek Smith

Lesser Emperor Dragonfly
One was identified at Reculver on 8th August 2013.

Lesser Emperor Dragonfly - Marc Heath

Brown Hawker
Not common. Only a handful seen.

Brown Hawker - Marc Heath

Four-spotted Chaser
Not common. Only a few records.

Four-spotted Chaser - Tim Hodge

Broad-bodied Chaser
Seen most years, mainly around Shuart Farm, but not common.

Broad-bodied Chaser - Chris Hindle

Black-tailed Skimmer
Regular and seen in all suitable habitat.

Black-tailed Skimmer - Chris Hindle

Common Darter
Abundant. Seen across the whole area in some numbers.

Common Darter - Derek Smith

Ruddy Darter
Not common, but slowly increasing around Reculver and along the Green Wall.

Ruddy Darters - Marc Heath

Yellow-winged Darter
One record in July 2006.

Red-veined Darter
A colony was found 200 metres south of the recording area near Highstead on July 1st 2013.

Red-veined Darter - Marc Heath







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