Thursday, 4 October 2012

Migrant dragonflies and damselflies colonising southern England

Damselflies colonise East Anglia & migrant dragonflies benefit from our late summer
September 2012. Recent warm, sunny weather appears to have benefitted several migrant dragonflies and damselflies in Southern England, according to the British Dragonfly Society (BDS).

During late-August and September (2012) the BDS received sightings' reports of Lesser Emperor, Southern Migrant Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Red-veined Darter dragonflies, as well as for two unusual Emerald damselflies - the Southern and Willow Emeralds.

Lesser Emperor - First seen in UK in 1996
The Lesser Emperor, a smaller relative of the more common Emperor Dragonfly, was first discovered in the UK only as recently as 1996. Although still very rare, it has now become an annual migrant to UK shores, one which has even managed to breed successfully on occasion at sites in Cornwall and Kent. Within the last few weeks the species has been recorded in Hampshire, Kent, East Sussex and Suffolk, with egg-laying being reported from some of these sites.

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