Jump forward thirty years and things have changed considerably. Thankfully many of the once very rare species have now increased their range from the diminutive Southern Damselfly to the aforementioned Scarce Chaser and there are several new additions to the British list too.
I visited a local site last weekend to try and photograph a male Lesser Emperor that I'd seen the week before and which had been found by Steve Waite a couple of weeks previous to that. No luck with that one on this trip but plenty of other species to make it worth the £4.50 entrance fee. All taken with the Nikon P900.
|Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva|
At least two or three of these seen.
|Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans|
|Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator, male looking very tatty|
|Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum, male|
|Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata|
|Small Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma viridulum|
First recorded in the UK in 1999, a recent colonist
|Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum|
1000's of these present
|White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes|