Dragonflies & Damselflies of Northamptonshire.

The Northants Dragonfly Group


Welcome to the website of the Northants Dragonfly Group, a local group of the British Dragonfly Society. This site summarises the latest news and activities of the group as part of an on-going project to promote the observation and conservation of Dragonflies in our County. To contribute records, please click here for information and guidelines for recorders.

Northamptonshire has a wealth of waterways, based around the rivers Nene, Cherwell, Welland and Great Ouse, and an exceptional array of gravel pits that play host to dragonflies that favour neutral-alkaline waterbodies and slow-flowing rivers. This web-site includes a list of some of the most accessible sites, and tips on how to spot and identify the individual species. Follow the links below to open a special page devoted to each individual species. 

Sites & Species Summary:

Northamptonshire has 22 confirmed breeding species from a County list of  27. The following lists all in approximate order of emergence. Click here to see dates

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense).

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)

Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas

Common Club-tail--A male & female were caught near Castor Hanglands in 1951

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)

Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea)

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa

Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum)

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)

Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva)

White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes)

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

Lesser Emperor (Anax Parthanope)

Yellow-winged Darter--Rare migrant. Recorded at Daventry Country Park in 1921

Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa).

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)--Recorded 2006/2007 at Maxey Cut.

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)

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Links to other Dragonfly sites

British Dragonfly Society,

Cambridgeshire Dragonflies,

Northants Butterflies

The Dragonfly Project

Wildlife Trust BCNP

Northamptonshire Wildlife,

Cheshire Dragonflies