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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Banbury area - 21/22 May

Yesterday, 21/05/22 - Grismbury Res, River Cherwell, SP 46152 42379 

1 Hairy Hawker
1 Blue-tailed Damselfly
2+ Azure Damselfly

Today, 22/05/22 - Grismbury Res, River Cherwell

3 Hairy Hawkers (2 same location as yesterday and 1 same location as last week)
1 Common Blue Damselfly

Today, 22/05/22 - Spital Farm Lake, SP 47035 40403

2 Azure Damselfly
1 Common Damselfly
1 Blue-tailed Damselfly
5+ Red-eyed Damselfly

 Gareth Blockley

Blue-tailed Damselfly © Gareth Blockley


Trap Grounds, Oxford - 22 May

Downy Emerald: 2 (poss 3)
Hairy Dragonfly 1
Banded Demoiselle 4m, 1f
Large Red Damselfly 4
Azures Damselfly abundant, many in cop and ovipositing
Blue-tailed Damselflies 20+

Nicola Devine

Downy Emerald © Nicola Devine

Blue-tailed Damselfly © Nicola Devine


Balscote Quarry (BOS reserve) - 21 May

Azure Damselfly 2
Blue-tailed Damselfly 1
Four-spotted Chaser 2

Steve Holliday [in iRecord]

River Thames: Shillingford to Little Wittenham - 21 May

Two White-legged Damselflies and distant views of two Red-eyed Damselflies on emergent Yellow Water-lilies.

Records entered on iRecord

White-legged Damselfly © John Bloomfield


Saturday, 21 May 2022

Farmoor - 21 May - SCARCE CHASER

1 immature male SCARCE CHASER 

Only the third Oxon record, and the first immature. Possibility of local breeding?

"Not far from Shrike Meadow"

Trevor Mortimer (per Facebook)

Immature male Scarce Chaser © Trevor Mortimer
Immature male Scarce Chaser showing diagnostic dark bases to the wings © Trevor Mortimer


Faringdon Folly Park Pond - 21 May

50+ Azure Damselfly
5+ Large Red Damselfly
5+ Red-eyed Damselfly
10+ Blue-tailed Damselfly

Stephen Burch 

Blue-tailed Damselfly © Stephen Burch
Large Red  Damselfly © Stephen Burch

Clifton Hampden - 21 May

 River Thames downstream from Clifton Hampden at River of Life 2:

4 Clubtails (2 just emerged)!

SU55295

Mark Bradfield

Wroxton College - 16 May

1 Hairy Dragonfly

SP42104153

Steve Holliday [per iRecord]

Friday, 20 May 2022

Otmoor - 19 May

Roman Road:

Azure Damselflies - teneral

James Wainscoat

Azure Damselfly © James Wainscoat

Although this looks like an Emerald Damselfly, it is instead most probably a teneral fermale Azure Damselfly (thanks to Adrian Parr for this) © James Wainscoat


Thursday, 19 May 2022

Chosley - River Thames near Bow Bridge - 19 May

Red-eyed Damselfly

Alan Dawson

Abbey Grounds, Abingdon - 19 May

 5+ Red-eyed Damselflies
1 Blue-tailed Damselfly

No sign of Downy Emerald 😞

Stephen Burch

Aston (Great Brook) 19th May

Seen at the bridge over Great Brook at SP351016:

Banded Demoiselle 18

Large Red Damselfly 3

Banded Demoiselle (♀) © David Hastings


Crowmarsh Gifford - 18 May

 8 Large Red Damselflies and 6 Azure Damselflies seen at an ornamental pond in Crowmarsh Gifford.

Data entered in iRecord.

Azure Damselfly (male)  © John Bloomfield


Shillingford - 19 May

 Transect along west bank of R Thames to the northwest of Shillingford.

47 Banded Demoiselle

5 Azure Damselflies

2 Blue-tailed Damselflies

1 Large Red Damselfly

1 White-legged Damselfly (ternal female)

Data entered in iRecord


White-legged Damselfly (ternal female)  © John Bloomfield

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Farmoor - 18 May

 Farmoor: Buckthorn Meadow pond and nearby:

2f Banded Demoiselle, 
10s Azure Damselflies, 
1 Four Spotted Chaser.

James Wainscoat

Azure Damselfly & Banded Demoiselle © James Wainscoat


Otmoor - 17 May

10s Azure Damselflies. 
1 Hairy Dragonfly.

James Wainscoat

Azure Damselfly © James Wainscoat


Radley Lakes - 18 May

1  Variable Damselfly - near Orchard Lake.
1 Hairy Dragonfly
1 Club-tailed Dragonfly SU525973

Brian Walker [iRecord]

Variable Damselfly © Brian Walker

Hairy Dragonfly © Brian Walker


Trap Grounds, Oxford - 18 May

4 Large Red Damselflies (one pair in cop & ovipositing)
1 Banded Demoiselle (male)
Azure Damselflies (abundant)
1+ Common Blue Damselfly 
1+ Blue tailed Damselfly
2+  Hairy Dragonflies
1-2 Downy Emeralds 

Nicola Devine

Mating pair of Large Red Damselflies © Nicola Devine

Downy Emerald © Nicola Devine


Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Dry Sandford Pit & Parsonage Moor - 17 May

Dry Sandford Pit: 

Large Red Damselfly 37 
Azure Damselfly 1 

Parsonage Moor

Large Red Damselfly 20+
Azure Damselfly 16+
Hairy Dragonflies 4
Broad-bodied Chasers 3
Four spotted Chasers 8

Peter Philp

Standlake - 16 May

 1 Downy Emerald - found by Mick Cunningham dead in his house! SP403031

Downy Emerald (deceased) © Stephen Burch

The Trap Grounds 17th May

Swan Pond:
1-2 Downy Emeralds 
2 Hairy Hawkers

Lots of "blue" Damselflies

Male Azure Damselfly


Standlake Common - 17 May

20+ Common Blue Damselfly - by stream at end of Langley Lane
1 Hairy Dragonfly - along Langley Lane

Stephen Burch

Teneral female Common Blue Damselfly © Stephen Burch


Grove Meadows Stormwater Pond - 17 May

10+ Azure Damselfly
1 Four-spotted Chaser

Stephen Burch

Monday, 16 May 2022

Otmoor - 13 May

Hairy Dragonfly one mature adult male, four female/newly emerged
Azure Damselfly one mature male
Common Blue Damselfly  several mature males (probably five) (
Blue-tailed Damselfly one mature male
Large Red Damselfly pair in wheel formation

Roger Pritchard

Azure Damselfly © Roger Pritchard


Wroxton Abbey - 16 May

Large red Damselfly: 7 pairs in wheel plus 8
Blue-tailed Damselfly: 4
Azure Damselfly: 1 possibly 2 more 
Hairy Dragonfly 1m
Four-spotted Chaser 1 
Black-tailed Skimmer 4 teneral 

Steve Holliday [iRecord]

Teneral Black-tailed Skimmer © Steve Holliday


Saturday, 14 May 2022

Lambs Pool BBOWT - 14 May

Large Red Damselfly 10
Azure Damselfly 3m
Blue-tailed Damselfly  2

Steve Holliday [iRecord]

Goring (Gatehampton) Railway Bridge - 14 May

1 Clubtail emerging between 15:20 and 15:55.

Tim Robson

Clubtail © Tim Robson 

Trap Grounds, Oxford - 14 May

Azure Damselfly: 50+ (also 3 pairs ovipositing)
Common Blue Damselfly: 2
Large Red Damselfly: 4
Banded Demoiselle: 2 (males)
Hairy Dragonfly: 2  

Nicola Devine

Male Azure Damsel (right) and probable female Azure (left) © Nicola Devine

NB In the photo above, Adrian Parr has helpfully commented that the female on the left shows some characteristics of a female Variable Damselfly, but all in all is considered to be most likely an Azure. Note that female Azure and Variable Damselflies are notoriously difficult to separate with 100% confidence.

Abingdon - 14 May

 Abbey Gardens river cutoff SU 50119 97181

1 Downy Emerald

Martin Green

Dry Sandford Pit, 14th May

Saw my first Broad-bodied Chaser of the year at Dry Sandford Pit today. Also four Large Red Damselflies (including a pair in tandem).


Broad-bodied Chaser (teneral) © David Hastings

Large Red Damselfly (teneral ♀) © David Hastings


Otmoor - 13 May

 Report of 5 Hairy Dragonflies

River Cherwell north of Grimsbury revervoir - 14 May

2 Hairy Hawkers (first site record) SP 46252 42454 
4+ Large Red Damselflies
1 probable Azure Damselfly 
4+ Banded Demoiselle
15+ Beautiful Demoiselle

Gareth Blockley

Hairy Dragonfly © Gareth Blockley


Cholsey - River Thames - 14 May

1 Hairy Dragonfly. Near Four Arches bridge

Alan Dawson

Wantage, Scantlebury Way - 14 May

 On stormwater pond:

10+ Azure Damselfly
1 Large Red Damselfly
1m Broad-bodied Chaser

Stephen Burch

Goring (Gatehampton) Railway Bridge - 14 May AM

8+ Clubtail exuviae on the bridge wall, but no emergents nor any adults.
20+ Banded Demoiselle

Stephen Burch

Clubtail exuvia © Stephen Burch


Friday, 13 May 2022

Cholsey Marsh - 13 May

 1 Clubtail. SU600854 

Alan Dawson

Clubtail © Alan Dawson

Trap Grounds, Oxford - 12 May

1m Banded Demoiselle
20+ Azure Damselfly

Nicola Devine

Azure Damselfly © Nicola Devine

Cholsey - 13 May

 River Thames. SU595848

1m Beautiful Demoiselle

Alan Dawson


Beautiful Demoiselle © Alan Dawson

West Lockinge - 13 May

 4+ Azure Damselflies (teneral males).  Near pool by footpath SU426878 

Stephen Burch

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Monday, 9 May 2022

Radley Lakes & Barton fishing pool - 9 May

3 Banded Demoiselle
3 Large Red Damsels
10+ Azure Damsels
7 Common Blue Damsels
1 Blue-Tailed Damsel
1 Broad Bodied Chaser
2 Clubtail (1 near Orchard lake and the other on the western side of Bullfield Lake)

Wayne Bull

Radley Lakes - 6 May

 10+ Common Blue Damsels 
6 Azure Damsels
2 Large Red Damsels
1 Clubtail (near Orchard lake)

Wayne Bull

Steeple Aston - 9 May

 2 Large Red Damselflies

Recently emerged from garden pond.

Deborah Dunn

Large Red Damselfly © Deborah Dunn


Otmoor Roman Road - 9 May

Azure Damselfly - abundant

James Wainscoat

Azure Damselfly © James Wainscoat

Cholsey - 9th May

Cholsey Marsh:

1 Clubtail - brief glimpse as flew into canopy

River Thames:

1 Four-spotted Chaser

Alan Dawson

 Four-spotted Chaser © Alan Dawson


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