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)
Please e-mail Mark Tyrrell
Web Counter provided by www.digits.com
You are visitor…..
All Hot News records are now on the Northants Dragonfly BLOG
Last Update: 30 May
Available now, the award-winning*
"The Dragonflies of Northamptonshire".
Price £14.95 (in p&p). Click on the book cover for more details.
*The Cliff Christie Award from the Wildlife Trust BCNP
Your help needed--click here to find out you can help fill in some recording gaps!