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July 3rd Various Ian Rippey
Here is a complete list of Odonata seen durign 13th to 19th June 2005 in the Republic of Ireland: 

Zygoptera (8-9 species)

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
COUNTY KILKENNY: 1-2 males, but surprisingly 6-8 females, on River Nore at Three Castles Bridge (S478625) on 16th June.

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
CO. WICKLOW: Male and female at Holdenstown Bog near Baltinglass (S8885).on 18th June. Presumably strays from a nearby stream; I looked for it on the River Slaney at Rathvilly, Co. Carlow, a few miles away, but saw no Odonata there.

Scarce Emerald Damselfly (Lestes dryas):
(SOUTH-EAST) GALWAY: A stoutish male Lestes sp. seen at Termon south of Gort (R4098) on 13th June was probably this species. Not only does it generally emerge earlier than Lestes sponsa, but the habitat (a marshy turlough) was characteristic of this species.

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhsoma nymphula):
CO. CLARE: 1 at Rinroe Marsh south of Lough Bunny (R3291) on 15th June. 1 in small wooded area at Ballard south of Lough Bunny (R324925) on 15th June.
CO. KILKENNY: 6-8 at Cloroge More near Kiltealy (S857496) on 16th June.
CO. WEXFORD: 1 at lake at Ballyroe in Screen hills (T099326) on 17th June.
CO. WICKLOW: 1 at Knockananna Bog (T0182) on 18th June.
CO. MEATH: 3 including a mating pair at Dowdstown Bog, Kells (N8078) , on 19th June.
CO. CAVAN: c. 6-8 at Cloghbally Bog, Mullagh (N6983) on 19th June

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
(SOUTH-EAST) GALWAY: 1 at Termon south of Gort (R4098) on 13th June.
CO. CLARE: 3 or 4 at Rinroe Marsh south of Lough Bunny (R3291) on 15th June.
CO. KILKENNY: 3 including a mating pair in disused limestone quarry just north of Thomastown (S583425) on 16th June.
CO WEXFORD: c. 20 at lake at
Ballyroe in Screen hills (T099326) on 17th June.
COUNTY WEXFORD: c. 6 around pool at Raven Dunes near Curracloe (T1126) on 17th June.
CO. WESTMEATH: 3 along north shore of Lough Derravarragh west of Castlepollard (N4086) on 19th June.

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio)
CO. KILKENNY: 4-7 males and 1-2 females around shallow pools in disused limestone quarry just north of Thomastown (S583425) on 16th June. Seems to be a new site though previously recorded from the county.

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
CO. CLARE: Several at Templebannagh (R392952) SE of Lough Bunny on 15th June. 1 male at Lough Gealain near Mullaghmore (R3194) on 15th June. Pair at Rinroe Marsh south of Lough Bunny (R3291) on 15th June.
COUNTY KILKENNY: 1 male along hedge at Bawntanameenagh c. 1 mile east of Freshford (S425641) on 16th June. 2-3 males at Wallslough near Kilkenny (S537519) on 16th June. 1 male in disused limestone quarry just north of Thomastown (S583425) on 16th June.
CO. WICKLOW: 1 at Cronykeery near Ashford (T2998) on 18th June.
CO. WESTMEATH: c. 25 along north shore of Lough Derravarragh west of Castlepollard (N4086) on 19th June.

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
(SOUTH-EAST) GALWAY: At least 2 at Termon south of Gort (R4098) on 13th June.
CO. KILKENNY: c. 15 in disused limestone quarry just north of Thomastown (S583425) on 16th June.
CO. WEXFORD: 1 male at lake at Ballyroe in Screen hills (T099326) on 17th June. Mating pair around pool at Raven Dunes near Curracloe (T1126) on 17th June.
CO. WICKLOW: c. 15 at Holdenstown Bog near Baltinglass (S8885).on 18th June.

Variable Damselfly (Ceronagrion pulchellum)
(SOUTH-EAST) GALWAY: 1 male at Termon south of Gort (R4098) on 13th June.
? CO. KILKENNY: Possible mating pair in disused limestone quarry just north of Thomastown (S583425) on 16th June (C. puella was common).
CO. WEXFORD: 1 male and 1 female at lake at Ballyroe in Screen hills (T099326) on 17th June.

Anisoptera (7 species)

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
COUNTY WEXFORD: Up to 3 (2 males at least identified) on seaward side of dunes at Raven NNR near Curracloe (T1126) on 17th June. This is the first time I have seen this species, at least in Ireland.

Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense)
(SOUTH-EAST) GALWAY: 1 possible at Termon south of Gort (R4098) on 13th June.
CO. CLARE: 1 on east side of road at Rinnamona NE of Kilnaboy (R3094) on 14th June. 1 at Templebannagh (R392952) SE of Lough Bunny on 15th June.
CO. KILKENNY:1 male in disused limestone quarry just north of Thomastown (S583425) on 16th June.
CO. WEXFORD: 1 female at lake at Ballyroe in Screen hills (T099326) on 17th June. 1 female ovipositing and 2 males at pool at Raven Dunes near Curracloe (T1126) on 17th June.

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
(SOUTH-EAST) GALWAY: 1 at Termon south of Gort (R4098) on 13th June.
CO. CLARE: 1 probable at Rinroe Marsh south of Lough Bunny (R3291) on 14th June. 6-8 at Rinroe Marsh south of Lough Bunny (R3291) on 15th June.
CO. KILKENNY: c. 15 including a mating pair and several ovipositing females in disused limestone quarry just north of Thomastown (S583425) on 16th June.
CO. WEXFORD: 1 at lake at Ballyroe in Screen hills (T099326) on 17th June. 2-3 on dunes and 15-20 around pool at Raven Dunes near Curracloe (T1126) on 17th June.
CO. WICKLOW: c. 6-8 at Knockananna Bog (T0182) on 18th June.
CO. MEATH: 3-4 at Dowdstown Bog, Kells (N8078) , on 19th June.
CO. CAVAN: 10-12 at Cloghbally Bog, Mullagh (N6983) on 19th June

Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
CO. WEXFORD: 6-8 immatures including an exuvia beside an immature female in flushes, etc,. at Cloroge More near Kiltealy (S857496) on 16th June. The species was re-discovered in Co. Wexford here in August 2003.

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)
CO. CLARE: 1 on east side of road at Rinnamona NE of Kilnaboy (R3094) on 14th June. 1 a Rinnamona NE of Kilnaboy (R3094) on 15th June. 1 probable at Lough Gealain near Mullaghmore (R3194) on 15th June (I have previously seen the species there).

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)
CO. WICKLOW: 3 at Cronykeery near Ashford (T2998) on 18th June.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)
CO. CLARE: 1 female at Rinroe Marsh south of Lough Bunny (R3291) on 15th June.
CO. KILKENNY: c. 25 immature males in disused limestone quarry just north of Thomastown (S583425) on 16th June.
COUNTY WEXFORD: 1-2 on seaward side of dunes and 6-8 around pool at Raven NNR near Curracloe (T1126) on 17th June.
CO. WICKLOW: A few at Cronykeery near Ashford (T2998) on 18th June.

The above 15 or 16 species compares with 18 seen during 14th to 20th June 2004. Lestes dryas was definitely seen in 2004 as well as the Downy Emerald Cordulia aenea and Irish Damselfly (Coenagrion lunulatum) and Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa). Anax imperator was not seen in 2004 as the localities where it occurs in SE Ireland were not visited. Neither Aeshna juncea or Aeshna grandis were seen in either period, though 1 or both could have been expected

     
June 30th Donegal Terry Tedstone
Saw about 6 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata at Barnsmore Gap C2038 on the 25/6 (new square, but plenty of suitable habitat). Was looking for Large Heath with my friends from Inishowen Wildlife club as we have not seen in our part of Donegal (we saw about 15). Saw my 1st Common Hawker Aeshna juncea (female)this year on 26/6 at Lagg Sand Dunes near Malin C2445 this is a new square.
     
June 28th Tyrone Ian Rippey
I saw my first Common Hawker Aeshna juncea of 2005 today, at Glendermott ("Keeran") Bog near Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone (H7569). Weather in the afternoon was mainly sunny and very warm.  

Also seen were:  

Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata: 15-20 at Glendermott Bog. One was seen to eat a Common Heath moth (Ematurga atomaria) wings and all!); I have some video footage of this. 1 at Loughnagay (H6377). 2 on bog at Cavaoneill (H7076). Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans: 3 at Loughnagay (H6377). Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula: 3-4 at Glendermott Bog & 4-6 at Loughnagay.  

All these sites are in East Tyrone, in the Donaghmore/Pomeroy/Cookstown area.  

Loughnagay was rather disappointing as there was plenty of emergent vegetation such as Horsetails at the side, not too dissimilar to 2 other lakes within about 15 miles (Creggan Lough and Lough Nanallog) where the Irish Damselfly (Coenagrion lunulatum) was found a few years ago. However perhaps the flight period is now over.

     
June 28th Wexford Mark Murphy
June 20th - 24th, Raven Nature Reserve, Co. Wexford
Common Darters Sympetrum striolatum (m & f) - large numbers
Emperors Anax imperator (m) x 4+
Four-Spotted Chasers
Libellula quadrimaculata (m & f) - large numbers
Hairy Dragonfly
Brachytron pratense (m) x 1  
Blue-Tailed Damselflies
Ischnura elegans (m & f) - large numbers
Common Blue Damselflies
Enallagma cyathigerum (m & f) - large numbers
     
June 28th Donegal Stuart Dunlop
About 30 Common Blue Damselflies Enallagma cyathigerum on Sunday (26th), Raphoe, C2506 (new 10k record)
     
June 28th Cork Hugh Delaney
I had two male Emperor Anax imperator holding territory on a pond at Schull,Co Cork.Also present was a Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo.
     
June 28th Tyrone Niall Keogh
23rd June : Altamooskan, near Slievedivena, Co. Tyrone :  Raised Bog with well vegetated man made ponds and drainage ditches. Some small bog pools. Altitude, 250 meters.
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula : 65+ individuals and 8 pairs in tandem ( in two of these pairs the female was seen ovipositing. )
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella : 6 males and a pair in tandem with female ovipositing seen.
Blue-Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans : 2 seen.
Common Hawker Aeshna juncea : 1 seen.
Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata : 14 males seen aswell as two pairs mating. ( in one of these pairs the female was seen to brake away and start ovipositing by "dipping ". )
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum : 1 immature caught.
     
June 27th Limerick, Cork, Kerry Geoffrey Hunt
Dragonfly sightings 2005.
13-05-05 Westfield's co limerick R565570 Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella,
15-05-05 Aughinish co limerick R280540 Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense, Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula, Blue-Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella
20-05-05-cappamore co limerick R755409 Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula. with tinnateriffe national school
03-06-05 rockchapel cocork Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula. with rockchapel national school.
10-06-05 athea co limerick,Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio= 4 , Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula, Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata =2
10-06-05 newcastle west Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum .
10-06-05 abbeyfeale co limerick, Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense, Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata , Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Blue-Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula. with Abbeyfeale national school
24-06-05 curragh chase co limerick Blue-Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum, Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum , Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa.
26-06-05 mangerton co kerry Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo, Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula
     
June 27th Dublin Niall Keogh
Noel Keogh had a single Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis today ( 27th June ) in Stephens' Green, Dublin City.
     
June 27th Down David Nixon
Large numbers of Common Blue Damselflies Enallagma cyathigerum were at Lough Money near Downpatrick, Co Down, today. I counted 230 in a relatively small area and there must have been many more. The only other species seen was Blue-Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, two or three.
     
June 27th Down Ian Rippey
I saw at least 3 Keeled Skimmers Orthetrum coerulescens at Bloody Bridge River Valley c. 2 miles south of Newcastle, Co. Down, today (27th June), the first record so far as I know in 2005 from Northern Ireland. One appeared to be a female and the others were either immature males or females. Interestingly only 1 was seen in the main flush area and 2 or 3 were in a sheltered hollow on the other side of the Bloody Bridge River. Weather was dull but calm and reasonably warm, though certainlly it was bright here and I suspect at Newcastle until late morning. I also saw a pair of Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula further down the valley. 

I had also seen about 6-8 and an exuvia at Cloroge More near Kiltealy, Co.Wexford, on 16th June.

     
June 23rd Wicklow Angus Tyner
Couldn't get an exact count Emperor Anax imperator. I reckon 5 males and 2-4 females. Saw one ovipositing, then saw 2 females snacking on the wing over my lake. The 2 of them were together concentrating oin a small area. I was curious as to why the 3 nearby males were ignoring them. Later I saw a female that certainly was not being ignored.

Other species seen at home
Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense At least 2 males and an ovipositng female
Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata At least 15
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum A few emerging
Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum A single visit to my "bog" and saw c.40 emerging
Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa c.10 emerging
Common Blue Damselflies Enallagma cyathigerum Plenty, inc tenerals
Blue-Tailed Damselflies Ischnura elegans Plenty inc tenerals
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella Plenty

Also seen at a pond near Glenealy, plenty Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula including a teneral and plenty exuviae and a few Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella

     
June 22nd Various Ian Rippey
Brad Robson reports a male and a probable female Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio at Tonnagh Quarry near Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh, on 21st June (weather was apparently deteriorating).  

This is as far as I know the 1st record for the species in Northern Ireland this year; I had looked unsuccessfully twice at Tonnagh Quarry this year myself (late May and early June) though weather was not ideal on either occasion. I did find it in a disused limestone quarry (where else!) at Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, on 16th June (see website below for details).  

The highlights of my Odonata observations in the Republic of Ireland from 13th to 19th June have already been put on Angus Tyner's website at http://www.iol.ie/~wicklowweather/dragonfly/irishodonata2005.htm; these were given to him when I called in on 18th June. However later that day I saw a male and female Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo in a corner of Holdenstown Bog near Baltinglass in West Wicklow. These were presumably strays from a nearby river or stream; shortly after I also looked unsuccessfully for it on the River Slaney at Rathvilly, Co. Carlow, a few miles south.  

I hope to give further details shortly.of the various observatios. Unlike 14th-20th June 2004, I failed to see Downy Emerald, Irish Damselfly, or Emerald Damselfly, though wasn't at known sites for the first two.

     
June 20th Wexford Mark Murphy
Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, Common Blue Damselflies Enallagma cyathigerum and Blue-Tailed Damselflies Ischnura elegans observed in a pond at the Raven Nature Reserve, Wexford.  

Also, on 15th May I observed a Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula in my garden in Curracloe, Co. Wexford.  

Sunny weather seems to be really bringing them out.

 
June 20th Dublin Hugh Delaney
At Sandyford Business Park,Sandyford,yesterday i saw one male Common Hawker Aeshna juncea and one Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata. They were on ponds in a derelict area opposite First Active (adjacent a creche).
     
June 19th Wicklow Niall Keogh
Glenmalure :
A single male Black Darter Sympetrum danae and an immature Keeled Skimmer Orthertrum coerulescens in an area of rushes, ferns and long grass alongside the river just before the An Oige Youth Hostel in the Valley.
Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo : 1 male seen resting in ferns near Dwyer's Rock.
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula : 10 singles and 8 pairs in tandem ( some ovipositing ), seen throughout the valley.

Laragh : c.30 Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula sheltering in sunny spots in a Beech Woodland.

Kilmacanogue Marsh/Pond : Still large numbers of Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella and Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans present.
c.50 male Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella actively defending territory and fighting over open water. A pair seen in tandem, with the female ovipositing.
     
June 19th Wicklow Angus Tyner
Emperor Anax imperator - 3 males, single female seen at my lake.
     
June 19th Galway/Mayo Brian Nelson
Spent two days in Connemara trying to find Cordulia, but no luck due to no sunshine.

Records are (with Maurice Hughes) 18 June Lough Nalawney L695415
Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata 4

Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum 100+
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans 1
Keeled Skimmer Orthertrum coerulescens 5
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula 0!! Cant explain that one.

18 June Knocklahard M189664(excellent site near Ballinrobe shown in habitat gallery)
Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum 8 (mature and immature males)
Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense 3
Sympetrum speces - 50+ tenerals but only one 1 positively identified (a striolatum Common Darter). Suspect vast majority were this.
Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum - many

     
June 18th Various Ian Rippey
A preview of some of Ian's news from his travels. Full report from Ian to come.

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio 16th June 4-7 males, 1-2 females at a quarry nr Thomastown Co. Kilkenny.
Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum 14th-15th June single at 2 sites nr Mullaghmore Co. Clare
Keeled Skimmer Orthertrum coerulescens 16th June nr Kilteely Co. Wexford. 6-8 and a single exuvia.
Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas 13th June A probable dryas Gort Co. Galway. Habitat was good for this species
Emperor Anax imperator 17th June 2-3 Raven Co. Wexford.

     
June 18th Wicklow Niall Keogh
18th June : East Coast Nature Reserve, Blackditch, Co. Wicklow : 10:30-12:45 Overcast, dull, yet warm. Light southerly wind. Only visited the northern half of the reserve.

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula : 58 plus a pair in tandem ( seen everywhere!! ).
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans : 15 ( seen along the drainage ditches and in the ponds ).
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella : 16 plus 1 pair in tandem ( seen along the drainage ditches and in the ponds ).
Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense : 1 male briefly seen along one of the drainage ditches.
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum : 77 immatures ( seen in two groups of 50 and 27 ). Mixture of very fresh tenerals and slightly older individuals which were starting to attain adult colouration. Present in long vegetation ( rushes, yellow flag etc. ) in the marshy "scirpus field".

     
June 17th Kildare Brian Porter
Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum fm, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum and Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, all singles, fairly dull cold morning , Balinafagh lake, 13th June.
     
June 17th Wicklow Angus Tyner
11 species seen today. New for year are Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, a teneral female, and a female teneral Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa. It was a warm and sunny 25C. C.65 Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum seen taking their maiden flight. Quite a sight! Other species seen Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma numphula, Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo, Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense and Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata.

Some of the Common Blue Damselfly were in 10k sq T39 which has no previous records.

     
June 17th Antrim David Nixon
2 Male Banded Demoiselles Calopteryx splendens were at Moore's Bridge, River Lagan, Lisburn and 53 Azure Damselflies Coenagrion puella were along the Lagan Towpath, Lisburn, Co Antrim, all today, 17 June
     
June 13th Kerry/Clare Brian Nelson
Sightings in Killarney National Park
Cordulia aenea Downy Emerald Males seen at Doo Lough, Muckross, 10 and 12 June; at Lough Beg and adjacent small pond and at Doo Lough, 11 June
Somatochlora arctica Moorland/Northern Emerald   5 seen taking maiden flight from boggy area near Galway's Bridge, 10 June. 3 Exuviae found. 1 female also seen with right front wing not fully expanded so she couldn't fly.
Orthertrum coerulescens Heathland/Keeled Skimmer 3 tenerals seen near Lough Beg, 11 June
Sympetrum striolatum Common Darter At least 5 teneral adults Doo Lough,  12 June
Libellula quadrimaculata Four-spotted Chaser. Abundant everywhere. At least 50 at Doo Lough 12 June. 1 emerging adult late afternoon on 12 June
Pyrrhosoma nymphula Spring Redtail/Large Red Common everywhere on lakes, ponds, rivers and streams
Brachytron pratense Spring Hawker/ Hairy Hawker Patrolling males at Doo Lough 10 and 12 June. Pair same site 9 June
Coenagrion pulchellum Variable Bluet Common Lough Beg
Ischnura elegans Common Bluetip/Blue-tailed
Enallagma cyathigerum Common Bluet

At Lough Graney, Co. Clare Ischnura pumilio Small Bluetip/Scarce Blue-tail 1 female aurantiaca 13 June

     
June 13th Wicklow Angus Tyner
East Coast Nature Reserve. At least 7 male and a single ovipositing female Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense. Single Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans c.25 Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella including ovipositing pairs. Didn't count the Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma numphula. They're about in good numbers.
     
June 13th Wicklow Niall Keogh
Some Odo records from yesterday 12th June ( Wicklow ) :Kilmacanogue Marsh/Pond : Checked in the early evening, while still warm, and even though it was overcast and slightly breezy, I still managed to see large numbers of Damselflies.

140 Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans were seen resting in the vegetation along one half of the perimeter of the marsh. All colour phases seen and 1 pair seen mating also. As I was only able to check around one half of the marsh, the actual numbers of this species present was probably far greater. While scanning over the tops of the vegetation throughout the marsh, I could see many more Blue-tails resting. Using calculations from how much of the marsh I had checked and how many Blue-tails I saw there, when compared to the rest of unchecked suitable resting habitat, I came up with an estimate of somewhere in the region of 1000 Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans present on the marsh.

The only other Damselflies seen along the edge of the marsh were a single male Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula and 2 male Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella.

Also present was a large resting swarm of about 100 Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella in an c.10m square area of sheltered long grass. Nearly all of them were males, with only a few females seen. One of the females caught was of the blue phase.

Blackditch East Coast Nature Reserve : A single male Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella seen resting in a hedge late in the evening.

     
June 12th Dublin Niall Keogh
Re: Common Hawker Aeshna juncea as mentioned in previous report.

Yeah, it was seen hawking around a very large Sycamore that overhangs into my back garden. Watched from 18.00 to 18.15. This is the second time i have seen one in my back garden, the first was in early August 2003, and my Dad ( Noel Keogh ) had two Brown Hawkers there also in July 2003. Like this one they also were seen hunting around the Sycamore. Not bad for a garden with no pond!!!

     
June 12th Dublin per Peter Doyle
Just got news that Niall Keogh had a Common Hawker Aeshna juncea in his garden on Friday June 10th. Awaiting further details.
     
June 12th Fermanagh/Armagh Ian Rippey
I failed to find any Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio recently at 2 sites where I have seen them in the past. 1 was Tonnagh Quarry near Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh (Northern Ireland's most regular site where it has been seen virtually annually since 1987), which I visited on 8th June (weather howeveer was rather dull though reasonably warm, and it was also late in the afternoon), so this should not be regarded as conclusive) and the other was a quarry at Freemanstown near Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, visited on 9th June. It appeared that the pool where I saw it some years ago was no longer in existence, though I did see a large deep pool.  

On these dates I did see a single male Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens on the Silllees River at Caldrum Glebe near Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh (8th) and a few Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma numphula and Azure Damselflies Coenagrion puella at Freemanstown, with a Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula at Breckenhill Dam near Doagh, also Co. Antrim, on 9th. On 10th August Four-spot Chasers Libellula quadrimaculata were  frequent at Peatlands Park, Co. Armagh, with a few Variable Damselflies Coenagrion pulchellum and Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma numphula also.  

I had previously seen a single female Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens at Dynes Bridge on the River Bann near Portadown on 5th June. On 11th June Miss Helen Greenlee of the County Armagh Wildlife Society (C.A.W.S.) told me she had recently found a vivid greenish blue damselfly dead in a puddle near the Canal south of Portadown (not far from Dynes Bridge) which would also seem to be a Banded Damselfly, though I don't yet know what date this was; it might be a little earlier than my record of 5th June.    

As the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly could be expected to fly for 2 or 3 weeks yet, there is certainly time for it to appear in Northern Ireland yet.

     
June 11th Donegal Terry Tedstone
Sunny but breezy. Saw 10-15 Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella at slow moving stream C3522 on reclaimed land that drains into Inch Lake. There are a few similar streams draining into the lake and Azure seems to be the only "blue" present. This was one of the most northerly sites for this species during DragonflyIreland and is the only place in the Inishowen Peninsula where I have seen it. Also saw many Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and a few Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula .
     
June 11th Wicklow Angus Tyner
3 new species today and nine seen in all.

Started off by seeing Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo near my farmyard. There is a healthy breeding population in the river Vartry about a mile south.

I flushed 3 Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum into their maiden flights. 2 were netted, one of each sex. This was out of my bog. I expect 100s if not thousands more to emerge. Note that "bog" is a historic field name and is now a pond that usually dries in late summer.

Also seen down at the bog was a mature female Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio. This species has bred at this location in the past when the bog was less overgrown. There was some ovipositing last year before the bog dried up, so I don't expect any to have survived. With it drying in late Summer, the only species to breed are Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum and Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa.

Also seen today were about 4 Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, a single Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense and couple Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma numphula in the Bog along with the usual blues. The 3 usual blues were at my lake as well.

11 species seen during past couple days, the other 2 being Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum and Emperor Anax imperator just inside10k sq T39, which is a first record for that square, although it's only about one km east of my home.

     
June 8th Wicklow Angus Tyner
7 species seen today. This included my first Emperor Anax imperator on the wing, seen on my farm lane about 600m south of my lake. I had a look for exuvia but found none. 3 mature Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata where there were none yesterday. My first of year. A male and female Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense also.
     
June 6th-7th Wicklow Angus Tyner
Both days had sunny afternoons with temp feeling warm. The usual 3 blues, Azure, Common Blue and Blue-tailed puella, cyathigerum & elegans were about in numbers (greater than 100) with tenerals noted of each. I was delighted to see two males of Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum, a species that is uncommon with me, and some years I don't see it. A couple of were also seen. They are never around in numbers above 10. What was disappointing is that only a single dragonfly was seen over the 2 days. A single female Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense ovipositing. Had a brief search for Anax exuvia, but none found. But perhaps the 6 Little Grebes on my lake are preying on the Anax larvae.
     
June 7th Down Ian Rippey
At nearly 6 pm and again about 30 minutes later, in rather dull but reasonably warm weather, I saw a male Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense at 2 separate spots among birch and willow scrub near Carrickmannan Lake and Aughnadarragh Lake, both near Saintfield, Co. Down. The 1st sighting was about 50 yards south of the south end of Carrickmannan Lake and the 2nd was probably 100-200 yards to the south. The former sighting was definitely in Grid Square J46 and the 2nd possibly also in J46, but probably in J45.  

There is no record for J46 in the 2004 Dragonfly Ireland book or on the Dragonfly Ireland website at http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/5622_m.htm. so this seems to be a new 10 x 10 km. square record. There is however a 1980-99 record for J45 (I remember seeing one, about 1989 I think, at Cuttyshane Bog near Crossgar (in J45) although I have a feeling that it may also have been recorded at Aughnadarragh Lake although I have not seen it there despite frequent visits in May and June over the years.  

The species is very local in Co. Down though recorded from near Newry in the SW to the Ards Peninsula, in some lakes and less acid cut-over bogs. It becomes commoner in Co. Armagh and especially Fermanagh.  

Azure Damselflies Coenagrion puella were abundant along a sheltered lane at the north end of Carrickmannan Lake, while somewhat further south a Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, several Common Blue damselflies Enallagma cyathigerum and a Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly Libellula quadrimaculata was seen, with 2 Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma numphula at the south end of Aughnadarragh Lake.  

Robert Northridge also reports Libellula quadrimaculata and "lots" of Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Callow near Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh, on 5th June.

     
June 5th Armagh Ian Rippey
I saw a single female Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens by the River Bann a few hundred yards of Dynes Bridge c. 3 miles SE of Portadown, Co. Armagh, today (5th June).  As far as I know, this is the 1st Irish record of this species so far in 2005 (I also looked for it here on 31st May without suucess) although it was recorded in numbers (25) as early as 24th April in Berkshire; see http://www.dragonflysoc.org.uk/frameset.htm?hotnews.asp&hotnews  

Conditions were not ideal as it was cloudy and about 5.40 pm, though it was calm, and there had been a period of fairly warm sunshine earlier in the afternoon. Also seen was a single maleAzure Damselfly Coenagrion puella. Earlier at Craigavon Lakes, North Armagh, there were 20+ Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum, but these were generally teneral.  

I should have said that the 1 or 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans I saw on 4th at Ballykilbeg Fen near Clough, Co. Down, were the 1st of this species I have seen this year though recorded on 11th May in Co. Galway (Ken Bond) and subsequently in several other counties by other observers.

     
June 4th Down Ian Rippey
On the 1st Saturday in June in 2002 (I think) I identified 4 Hairy Dragonflies (or Hairy Hawkers), Bracchytron pratense in a fen at Ballykilbeg, a few miles SE of Clough (between Downpatrick and Castlewellan, Co. Down).  

On 4th June 2005 I again saw up to 4 at the same site. There is little standing water in the fen apart from a ditch with abundant Watercress, etc, at the SW end.   

Also seen were 2 Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma nymphula and 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, ne ovipositing in the ditch above.

     
June 3rd Armagh Ian Rippey
I saw about 4 male and 1 female Irish damselflies Coenagrion lunulatum at Drumnahavil Bog ("Drumcarn ASSI") near Keady, Co. Armagh, on 3rd June; weather was reasonably warm and bright at times, with a fresh SW breeze, but dry. I did not have an exhaustive look at the larger pools. At least 2 were somewhat teneral in colour. Other Odonata were rather scarce, just about 3 Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and 4 Variable Damselflies Coenagrion pulchellum. At Carnagh Forest several miles away (where there are 3 lakes), there were about 5 Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum and 1 male Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella.
     
June 3rd Galway/Westmeath Barry Ryan
1. Large Red Damselfly / Spring Redtail Pyrrhosoma nymphula  29 April 2005  2 males on the Cloghatanny river at N 18 37, ~1 km south of Moate. A calm, bright morning. Another male in the afternoon in small patch of woodland at N 19 37. Both in square N13, which has no records according to The Natural History of Ireland's Dragonflies, though 3 adjacent squares have.

2. Hairy Dragonfly / Spring Hawker Brachytron pratense  15 May 2005 1 female at M 40 27 east of Galway city. A hot sunny day, in rough, scrubby fields. This square, M42, is empty in the maps in the book, with the square to the west being yellow (ie.occupied 1980-1999).

3.  Azure Damselfly / Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella  24 May 2005  1 male at M 56 24 east of Galway city. A warm, calm day, in scrubby area, not far from the Dooyertha river. M52 is empty in the book, with the square to the south having a yellow dot.

     
     
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