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ODONATA OBSERVATIONS 12-18 JUNE 2006 IN REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, RECORDED BY IAN RIPPEY

14 species (Banded Damselfly Calopteryx splendens, Large Red Damsefly Pyrrhosoma nymphula, Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas, Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio, Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elgans, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagam cyathigerum, Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum, Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense, Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum, Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens, Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum and Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum) were seen.

Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis), Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea), Black Darter (Sympetrum danae),  Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) might also have been expected but it may have been too early, and I had hoped that I might see Beautiful Damselfly (Calopteryx virgo) and even Irish Damselfly (Coenagrion lunulatum) in central or South Clare. I was outside the known range of Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea), Northern Emerald (Somatochlora arctica) in Co. Kerry, or the Emperor (Anax imperator) and Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) which is mainly in South-east Ireland (though in 2005 and 2006 the former has been recorded in Co. Limerick and in 2005 in Co. Clare, near the border with Co. Galway.

The highlights were the re-finding of the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly in the Burren, Co. Clare (though it was also recorded at Lough Graney in East Clare in 2002), the frequency of Black-tailed Skimmer (in several cases also with the Keeled Skimmer) especially in the Burren, finding probably at least 1 new site for Scarce Emerald damselfly, of Brachytron pratense in SW Clare, etc.

Regarding the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, Cotton (1981) mentions a female aurantiaca specimen taken by the late Philip P. Graaves at Rinemona (ie Rinnamona) Lake, Killinaboy, Co. Clare, on 4th June 1947, which is now in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. He sates that the record was published by Graves (1948), is the Co. Clare record published by Macneill (1952) and was plotted in Grid Square R28 in Lamhna (1978) though he states correctly that the location is in R29 (at about R296943). This is about a mile and a half to the north-east from where I found it this month. He also mentions an unpublished redcord by Alan Stubbs from Castletown, Co. Clare, on 20.7.1975, though no numbers are given. This is in the same general area and but about two and a half miles from each site in a northerly direction.

Nelson and Thompson (2004) show a 1980-1999 record (of 1 specimen) for 10 x 10 km. square R29, this being the only one shown in the Burren area, and Merritt, Moore & Eversham (1996) a 1975-1990 record for R29. If these are both correct and refer to the same record this would mean that there was a record for R29 between 1980 and 1990, which would bbe additional to the 1947 record.

LIST OF RECORDS

SITE NAME GRID REF. VICE-COUNTY DATE SPECIES NUMBERS REMARKS

Bridge at Tirneevin M403012 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 14.6.2006 Calopterx splendens 1+ At least 1 male seen

Falls Hotel, Ennistymon R127895 CLARE 15.6.2006 Calopteryx splendens 1-2 Female(s) on Inagh River; N.B. Stream looked possible in parts for Calopteryx virgo, but may be too enriched

Moananagh, Ennistymon R170848 CLARE 15.6.2006 Calopteryx splendens 1 Male; N.B. Stream (as near Falls Hotel) looked possible in parts for Calopteryx virgo, but may be too enriched

Doonbeg R., Mountrivers Q987647 CLARE 15.6.2006 Calopteryx splendens 1 Female

Castlequarter, Gort M4202 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 13.6.2003 Lestes dryas c. 6 In small marsh near old castle

Islandmore Bog, Gort M4805 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 13.6.2006 Lestes dryas 1 Mature male; possibly a stray from turloughs around Gort; not usually found on cut-over bogs

Monreagh Lough, Gort M4098 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 14.6.2006 Lestes dryas 1+ 1 female examined with square markings on 1st abdominal segment; 1 or 2 other Lestes sp. seen probably this species

Ballykeel N., Kilfenora R1797 CLARE 14.6.2006 Pyrrhosoma nymphula 3-4

Mooghna Lake, Ennistymon R1384 CLARE 15.6.2006 Pyrrhosoma nymphula 1

Moanmore Lough, Doonbeg Q9761 CLARE 15.6.2006 Pyrrhosoma nymphula 2

Bog at Tullaher, Doonbeg Q954625 CLARE 15.6.2006 Pyrrhosoma nymphula 1

Hills & Bog, Larragan M2239 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Pyrrhosoma nymphula 2-3

Crossrah Bog, L. Sheelin N4982 CAVAN 18.6.2006 Pyrrhosoma nymphula 1

Fen at Crossrah N483834 CAVAN 18.6.2006 Pyrrhosoma nymphula c. 6

Commons South, Kilnaboy R282925 CLARE 13.6.2006 Ischnura pumilio 1+ At least 1 male seen by small pool (?turlough). Recorded previously from the Burren (apparently from this 10 x 10 km. square and possibly from this site) but not for many years, probably 30-40)

Commons South, Kilnaboy R282925 CLARE 13.6.2006 Ischnura elegans 1

Falls Hotel, Enistymon R127895 CLARE 15.6.2006 Ischnura elegans 3

Mooghna Lake, Ennistymon R1384 CLARE 15.6.2006 Ischnura elegans c. 4

Moanmore Lough, Doonbeg Q9761 CLARE 15.6.2006 Ischnura elegans c.6

Bog at Tullaher, Doonbeg Q954625 CLARE 15.6.2006 Ischnura elegans 1+

Lough Boreenaturly M213406 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Ischnura elegans 3

Bog at Callownamuck M2139 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Ischnura elegans 2

Inishcoog, Lough Mask M1461 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 Ischnura elegans 2

Moneybeg Bog, L. Sheelin N450817 WESTMEATH 18.6.2006 Ischnura elegans 1

Crossrah Bog, L. Sheelin N4982 CAVAN 18.6.2006 Ischnura elegans 3

Ballyeighter Wood R3439 CLARE 12.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c.10

Slieve Carran NNR M3303 CLARE 13.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 8 Males and females seen

Commons South, Kilnaboy R282925 CLARE 13.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 2 1 male and 1 female

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 CLARE 13.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 20

Quakerstown, Boston M3701 CLARE 14.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 20

SE Side of Lough Bunny R383972 CLARE 14.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 8-10

Mooghna Lake, Ennistymon R1384 CLARE 15.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 2 1 mating pair

Moanmore Lough, Doonbeg Q9761 CLARE 15.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 6

Pollagh Bog, L. Corrib M2038 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 Male

Marsh at Larragan M233382 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 3 Males

Corranellistrum M195408 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 4

Bog at Park, L. Corrib M2339 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum A few

Aghinish, Lough Carra M162683 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 2 Males

Bog near Derrymore Wood M134727 WEST MAYO 17.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum Several

Kilkeeran, Lough Carra M1670 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum Several

Bog near Castleforbes N0978 LONGFORD 18.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 Female

Moneybeg Bog, L. Sheelin N450817 WESTMEATH 18.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 10

Crossrah Bog, L. Sheelin N4982 CAVAN 18.6.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 10

Castlequarter, Gort M4202 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 13.6.2003 Coenagrion puella 1 Male

Lough Boreenaturly M213406 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Coenagrion puella 3-4

Islandmore Bog, Gort M4805 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 12.6.2006 Coenagrion pulchellum 1 MALE

Poulataggle, Gort M3901 CLARE 14.6.2006 Coenagrion pulchellum 1 Male

Mooghna Lake, Ennistymon R1384 CLARE 15.6.2006 Ischnura elegans c. 4

Ballykeel N., Kilfenora R1797 CLARE 14.6.2006 Coenagrion pulchellum 2 Females

Moanmore Lough, Doonbeg Q9761 CLARE 15.6.2006 Coenagrion pulchellum c. 20

Bog at Tullaher, Doonbeg Q954625 CLARE 15.6.2006 Coenagrion pulchellum 1+

Slieve Carran NNR M3303 CLARE 13.6.2006 Brachytron pratense 2 (1 male and 1 female; latter probably taking a Dew Moth)

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 CLARE 13.6.2006 Brachytron pratense 3-4

Mooghna Lake, Ennistymon R1384 CLARE 15.6.2006 Brachytron pratense 1

Moanmore Lough, Doonbeg Q9761 CLARE 15.6.2006 Brachytron pratense 4-6 Males

Hills & Bog, Larragan M2239 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Brachytron pratense 1 male

Lough Boreenaturly M213406 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Brachytron pratense 1 male

Bog at Callownamuck M2139 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Brachytron pratense 1

Fen at Crossrah N483834 CAVAN 18.6.2006 Brachytron pratense 1 Male

Hills & Bog, Larragan M2239 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Orthetrum coerulescens 2+ 1 blue male and 1-2 female or immatures seen; unusual to find the 2 Orthetrum species together, though presumably O. cancellatum breeds on nearby Lough Corrib and O. coerulescens on the bog

Ballyeighter Wood R3439 CLARE 12.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1 Male

Slieve Carran NNR M3303 CLARE 13.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum

Coskeam, Carran M302012 CLARE 13.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 2

Termon, Carran M299001 CLARE 13.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1-2

Commons South, Kilnaboy R282925 CLARE 13.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1-2

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 CLARE 13.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum c. 30 Very common resting on limestone rocks, etc

Quakerstown, Boston M3701 CLARE 14.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 4-6

SE Side of Lough Bunny R383972 CLARE 14.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 8-10

Hills & Bog, Larragan M2239 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 4

Knockferry, Lough Corrib M234417 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1 male

Bog at Callownamuck M2139 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 2-4

Corranellistrum M195408 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum c. 4

Kylemore M195403 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 5-6 including 1 mating pair

Bog at Park, L. Corrib M2339 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1

Bog near Derrymore Wood M134727 WEST MAYO 17.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1+

Kilkeeran, Lough Carra M1670 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 Orthetum cancellatum 4-6 2 blue males and at least 2 immatures seen; up to 6 in total

Inishcoog, Lough Mask M1461 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 4-6

Drumsheel Lower, Cong M1557 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 2 Female or immature in ride in the wood

Corranellistrum M195408 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Orthetrum coerulescens 1

Bog near Derrymore Wood M134727 WEST MAYO 17.6.2006 Orthetrum coerulescens 2+ 1 blue male and 1 female/immature seen; possibly 1or 2 more

Slieve Carran NNR M3303 CLARE 13.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 1

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 CLARE 13.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata c. 8

Monreagh Lough, Gort M4098 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 14.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 1

Ballykeel N., Kilfenora R1797 CLARE 14.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata c. 10

Mooghna Lake, Ennistymon R1384 CLARE 15.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 6

Moanmore Lough, Doonbeg Q9761 CLARE 15.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata c. 20

Bog at Tullaher, Doonbeg Q954625 CLARE 15.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 2

Hills & Bog, Larragan M2239 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata c. 20

Lough Boreenaturly M213406 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 1

Bog at Callownamuck M2140 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 1

Bog at Callownamuck M2139 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 1

Corranellistrum M195408 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 1

Bog near Derrymore Wood M134727 WEST MAYO 17.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata Several

Kilkeeran, Lough Carra M1670 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 1

Inishcoog, Lough Mask M1461 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 1

Crossrah Bog, L. Sheelin N4982 CAVAN 18.6.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata c. 6

Islandmore Bog, Gort M4805 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 13.6.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1 Female (immature)

Quakerstown, Boston M3701 CLARE 14.6.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1-2

Monreagh Lough, Gort M4098 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 14.6.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum Several

Commons South, Kilnaboy R282925 CLARE 13.6.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1-3

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 CLARE 13.6.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Poulataggle, Gort M3901 CLARE 14.6.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Moanmore Lough, Doonbeg Q9761 CLARE 15.6.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1 Teneral

Bog at Park, L. Corrib M2339 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1 Female

Kilkeeran, Lough Carra M1670 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1-2

Uncertain or unconfirmed:

Bog near Castleforbes N0978 LONGFORD 18.6.2006 ?Coenagrion pulchellum 1 Probably this species

Lough Boreenaturly M213406 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 ?Enallagma cyathigerum 1 Possibly this species

Kilkeeran, Lough Carra M1670 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 ?Brachytron pratense 1 Probable

Clooncoose, Kilnaboy R2795 CLARE 13.6.2006 ?Orthetrum cancellatum 1 Probable

Castlequarter, Gort M4202 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 13.6.2003 ?Orthetrum cancellatum 1 POSSIBLY THIS SPECIES

Normansgrove, Gort M357044 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 14.6.2006 ?Orthetrum cancellatum 1 Probable

Moanmore Lough, Doonbeg Q9761 CLARE 15.6.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1 Teneral

Castlequarter, Gort M4202 SOUTH-EAST GALWAY 13.6.2003 Sympetrum sp. 1 Presumably either S. sanguineum or S. striolatum

Lough Boreenaturly M213406 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 ?Sympetrum striolatum 3-4 Probably this species, but possibly 1 or more may have been S. sanguineum

Corranellistrum M195408 WEST GALWAY 16.6.2006 ?Sympetrum striolatum 2-3 Probably this species

Inishcoog, Lough Mask M1461 EAST MAYO 17.6.2006 ?ympetrum striolatum 2-3 Probable

REPORTS BY OTHERS

Joe Parson, Cloghballymore, Kilcolgan, South-east Galway, in pers.comm. 13.6.2006, reported what may have been Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens), perhaps in the Kilcolgan area c. 13.6.2006

REFERENCES

Cotton, D.C.F. 1981. Some new records and an appraisal of the published records for Ischnura pumilio (Charpentier) (Odonata: Coenagriidae) in Ireland. Entomologists Gazette 32: 59-64.

Graves, P.P. 1947. Irish Odonata in 1947. Irish Naturalists Journal 9: 150.

Lamhna, E. ni. (ed.) 1978. Provisional Atlas of Dragonflies in Ireland. 2nd edition. An Foras Forbartha, St. Marins House, Waterloo Road, Dublin.

Merritt, R., Moore, N.W., & Eversham, B.C. 1996. Atlas of the Dragonflies of Britain and Ireland. I.T.E. Research Publication No. 9. London, H.M.S.O. 149 pp. ISBN 0 11 701561 .

Nelson, B., & Thompson, R. 2004. The Natural History of Ireland's Dragonflies. National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland. 454 pp. ISBN 0 900761 45 8.

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Dear All

Rather belatedly, here are my Odonata observations in the Republic of Ireland (mainly the west from Kerry to Limerick and a few midland counties) during the 14 day period from 31st July to 13th August and 3rd-10th September 2006. 1 or more species were recorded from Longford, Kildare, Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath, East and West Mayo, South-east Galway, North-east Galway, West Galway, Clare, Limerick, and North and South Kerry.

Highlights were:

(1) 14 or 15 species (8 or 9 Anisoptera and 6 Zygoptera) were seen. Apart from a few Banded Damselflies at 1 site in Kerry in September, I failed to see any Calopteryx species, any Pyrrhosoma nymphula or Coenagrion puella; otherwise I saw all the species one might expect to see in the localities I visited (as I was not in the south-east I did not cover the main localities where the Migrant Hawker might be expected, though there was a probable record from Limerick.

(2) The highlight was a probable male Migrant Hawker at Dohyle Lake near Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, on 9th September; I saw the prominent area of blue at the base of the abdomen which also appears in a photograph of this species (E-mailed privately to me) which was taken by Laurence Morgan at Lough Money near Downpatrick, Co. Down, on 16th September (this together with records from the same site by David Nixon on 30th August & 15th September constitute the 1st confirmed records from Northern Ireland); see http://www.iol.ie/~wicklowweather/dragonfly/odonatanews.htm. I believed at the time I had also seen 1 there in August 2003 but after seeing Black-tailed Skimmer (not present on 9.9) doubts entered my head. This is as far as I know the only site in Limerick where the Migrant Hawker has been seen, though another "new" colonist, the Emperor, has been seen at Griston Bog near Ballylanders in the south of the county.

(3) Scarce Emerald lived up to its name of being scarce (though the hot weather in June/July may have caused the peak to be earlier than normal) as very few were seen though this included 1 at a site in East Mayo which may be a new one.

(4) Black-tailed Skimmer was seen at 2 spots on the shores of Lough Conn, West Mayo; these may or may not be new sites though I think not a new vice-county record. A specimen (which was a rather dark grey and probably an old female) seen near Lough Ree, Co. Roscommon, on 10th August had some red blotches on the right wings, reminiscent of paint markings but whether someone had tried to mark and release a specimen I do not know; perhaps it had landed on wet paint! Unfortunately the video footage relating to this is defective as bands have appeared across the image, though parts can still be seen.

The Keeled Skimmer was also seen at 2 different sites on the same lake and several were also seen on Achill Island, West Mayo though I believe it has been recorded here before.

(5) Ruddy Darter and Brown Hawker were widespread, even being seen in some acid habitats which did not look particularly suitable for breeding; equally Common Hawker was widespread even in limestone habitats.

On a warm sunny if rather breezy day, 8th September, a Common Darter (2 others of which were seen on the nearby dunes) was seen flying south over the sea at Inch on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry; single examples of butterfly species (Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, though interestingly none of the c. 10 Clouded Yellows seen on the dunes) were also seen doing the same (to the south or west).

IAN RIPPEY 18.9.2006

OBSERVATIONS 31ST JULY-13TH AUGUST 2006 & 3RD-10TH SEPTEMBER 2006 IN REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, RECORDED BY IAN RIPPEY

BROWN HAWKER

SITE NAME GRID REF. VICE-COUNTY DATE SPECIES NUMBERS REMARKS

BROWN HAWKER

Lough Bunny (S. of road) R380966 Clare 1.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 3

Ballyeighter R3493 Clare 1.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 Clare 1.8.2006 Aeshna grandis c. 6

Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 1.8.2006 Aeshna grandis c. 10

North of Carran Turlough R2999 Clare 2.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Burren Holistic Centre R344943 Clare 2.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1-2

Owenboliska Wood M1325 West Galway 3.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Carrowoughteragh, Cross M2351 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1-2

Mounthenry, Lough Corrib M2149 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Aeshna grandis c. 6

Barnarinnia, L. Mask M066598 West Mayo 4.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 2

Lane near Lough Mask M0659 West Mayo 4.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 2

Hill of Doon, L. Corrib M022493 West Galway 5.8.2006 Aeshna grandis

Ballykine Wood, Cong M1056 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Mounthenry, Lough Corrib M2149 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Derrymore Wood, L. Mask M1372 West Mayo 6.8.2006 Aeshna grandis c. 6

Kilkeeran, Lough Carra M1670 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Coarse Island, L. Conn G185148 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Cloonkelly, Lough Conn G1514 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1-2

Healys Hotel, Pontoon G204036 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

NE end of L. Funshinagh M9451 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1-2

St. Johns Wood, L. Ree M9956 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1-2

1 mile N. of Kilmeage N7624 Kildare 12.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Breeole, Taghmaconnell M8642 Roscommon 13.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Erne Head, Lough Gowna N2886 Longford 13.8.2006 Aeshna grandis

Newtown, Gort M4302 South-east Galway 3.9.2006 Aeshna grandis 2

Lough Bunny, Boston R3896 Clare 5.9.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Rockvale Bridge, Boston R386986 Clare 5.9.2006 Aeshna grandis 1-2

Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 5.9.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 Clare 5.9.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

Dohyle Lough, Rathkeale R3643 Limerick 9.9.2006 Aeshna grandis 3-4

St. Johns Wood, L. Ree M9956 Roscommon 10.9.2006 Aeshna grandis 1

COMMON HAWKER

Burren Holistic Centre R344943 Clare 2.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Owenboliska Wood M1325 West Galway 3.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 2-3

Ballynahinch Wood L7547 West Galway 3.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 2-3

Carrowoughteragh, Cross M2351 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Mounthenry, Lough Corrib M2149 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Shore of L. Corrib M1941 West Galway 5.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Corranellistrum S. part M195405 West Galway 5.8.2006 Aeshna juncea

Owenboliska Wood M1325 West Galway 5.8.2006 Aeshna juncea

Ballykine Wood, Cong M1056 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 2

Keem, Achill Island L5604 West Mayo 7.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Bog north of Keel Lough L6506 West Mayo 7.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Fields near L. Nambrack L706086 West Mayo 7.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Rocky Heath, Lough Gall L7108 West Mayo 7.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Cloonkelly, Lough Conn G1514 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 2-3

St. Johns Wood, L. Ree M9956 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1-2

Bog near Prosperous N8329 Kildare 12.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1 FEMALE

Breeole, Taghmaconnell M8642 Roscommon 13.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Erne Head, Lough Gowna N2886 Longford 13.8.2006 Aeshna juncea

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 Clare 5.9.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Lough Nambrackdarrig V698939 South Kerry 6.9.2006 Aeshna juncea 2 1 male caught

Derrynane Dunes V5358 South Kerry 7.9.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

Derreenrickard Lake V768662 South Kerry 7.9.2006 Aeshna juncea 1-2

E. end Bunthulla Esker N027313 Offaly 10.9.2006 Aeshna juncea 1 FEMALE

?MIGRANT HAWKER

Dohyle Lough, Rathkeale R3643 Limerick 9.9.2006 Aeshna mixta 1 probable but unconfirmed male (but unlikely to be Aeshna juncea); seen fairly close with binoculars, had separate green or yellowish stripes on side of thorax, and the appearance of a bluish patch on the 1st abdominal segment. I may also have seen one here in early August 2003; there are no confirmed records yet for Limerick

BLACK-TAILED SKIMMER

Lough Bunny (N. of road) R383971 Clare 1.8.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1

North of Carran Turlough R2999 Clare 2.8.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 6-8 MALES

Mounthenry, Lough Corrib M2149 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1

Shore of L. Corrib M1941 West Galway 5.8.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum c. 6 4 males, 1 female, 1 unidentified

Ballykine Wood, Cong M1056 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1

Keel Bridge, Lough Carra M1668 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1

Kilkeeran, Lough Carra M1670 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1

Cloonkelly, Lough Conn G1514 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 2-3 MALES

Lough Conn at Tonacrock G147096 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 1 MALE

St. Johns Wood, L. Ree M9956 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Orthetrum cancellatum 2-3 1 with red blotches on right fore and hind wing (see video footage)

KEELED SKIMMER

Owenboliska Wood M1325 West Galway 3.8.2006 Orthetrum coerulescens 1-2 1 mature male and a possible female or immature also seen

Ballynahinch Wood L7547 West Galway 3.8.2006 Orthetrum coerulescens 3 Blue males

Bog north of Keel Lough L6506 West Mayo 7.8.2006 Orthetrum coerulescens 3 1 MALE & 2 FEMALES; previously recorded from this 10 x 10 km. square, possibly this site

Cloghans Bay, Lough Conn G2013 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Orthetrum coerulescens 1 MALE

Corryosla Br., L. Conn G197045 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Orthetrum coerulescens 2-3 MALES

FOUR-SPOTTED CHASER

Shore of L. Corrib M1941 West Galway 5.8.2006 Libellula quadrimaculata 2 MODERATELY LATE DATE

RUDDY DARTER

Drumminacloghaun, Gort M4302 South-east Galway 31.7.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 4+ Many Sympetrum sp. seen; probably mainly this species

Ballymore, Kilcolgan M4014 South-east Galway 1.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum c. 20 Males and females noted

Lough Bunny (S. of road) R380966 Clare 1.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 2+ 1 mating pair seen; a few other Sympetrum species seen could have been this and/or Sympetrum striolatum

Rinnamona (W. of road) R2994 Clare 1.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1+ Also a few other Sympetrums, possibly this species and/or S. striolatum

Ballyvelaghan Lough M277113 Clare 2.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum c. 6

North of Carran Turlough R2999 Clare 2.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 4 2 MALES & 2 FEMALES

Carrowoughteragh, Cross M2351 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum Many

Mounthenry, Lough Corrib M2149 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 4 MALES

Barnarinnia, L. Mask M066598 West Mayo 4.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1 MALE; UNEXPECTED AT THIS SITE

Mounthenry, Lough Corrib M2149 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum c. 4

Coarse Island, L. Conn G185148 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 2 MALES

Cloonkelly, Lough Conn G1514 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 5 1 FEMALE & 4 MALES IDENTIFIED

Lough Conn at Tonacrock G147096 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 2 MALES

Corryosla Br., L. Conn G197045 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1 MALE

NE end of L. Funshinagh M9451 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Sympetrm sanguineum c. 10

St. Johns Wood, L. Ree M9956 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum c. 6

St. Johns Wood, L. Ree M9956 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum c. 6

Ballinafagh Reservoir N8128 Kildare 11.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1 MALE

Breeole, Taghmaconnell M8642 Roscommon 13.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1

Newtown, Gort M4302 South-east Galway 3.9.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum c. 30 Rough estimate; common around hedges, etc

Knockaunatook, Gort M4202 South-east Galway 3.9.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1+ At least 1

Ballymore, Ballinderreen M4013 South-east Galway 4.9.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 3-4

Ballymore, Ballinderreen M4114 South-east Galway 4.9.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum c. 4

Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 5.9.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1+ A few unidentified Sympetrums could have been this or Sympetrum striolatum

Lough Cullaunyheeda R4775 Clare 5.9.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1-2

Ardaun Lough, Kilkishen R487707 Clare 5.9.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum

Dohyle Lough, Rathkeale R3643 Limerick 9.9.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 3-4

St. Johns Wood, L. Ree M9956 Roscommon 10.9.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 2-3

BLACK DARTER

Owenboliska Wood M1325 West Galway 3.8.2006 Sympetrum danae 1 FEMALE

Roadside at Cashla L9627 West Galway 3.8.2006 Sympetrum danae 1 MALE

Bog at Emlaghdreenagh V475694 South Kerry 7.9.2006 Sympetrum danae 2-3 Black males, near edge of bog; I did not explore the main part of the bog

COMMON DARTER

Drumminacloghaun, Gort M4302 South-east Galway 31.7.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1+

Knockaunatook, Gort M4102 South-east Galway 31.7.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 10

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 Clare 1.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 20

Knockvorneen, Finvarra M263117 Clare 2.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

North of Carran Turlough R2999 Clare 2.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 3-4

Burren Holistic Centre R344943 Clare 2.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 Clare 2.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum A few

Owenboliska Wood M1325 West Galway 3.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 4-6

Roadside at Cashla L9627 West Galway 3.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2-3

Peacocks Hotel, Maam X L976463 West Galway 3.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Errisbeg W., Roundstone L683398 West Galway 3.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 3

Carrowoughteragh, Cross M2351 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Mounthenry, Lough Corrib M2149 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum

Barnarinnia, L. Mask M066598 West Mayo 4.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1-2

Shore of L. Corrib M1941 West Galway 5.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum A few

Ballykine Wood, Cong M1056 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Mounthenry, Lough Corrib M2149 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Derrymore Wood, L. Mask M1372 West Mayo 6.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 10

Bog north of Keel Lough L6506 West Mayo 7.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2-4

Fields near L. Nambrack L706086 West Mayo 7.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Cloghans Bay, Lough Conn G2013 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2-3

Cappanaglogh, Lough Conn G185150 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 7-8

Coarse Island, L. Conn G185148 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 6

Cloonkelly, Lough Conn G1514 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 30

Lough Conn at Tonacrock G147096 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1-2

Corryosla Br., L. Conn G197045 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

NE end of L. Funshinagh M9451 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Ballinafagh Reservoir N8128 Kildare 11.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2 1 MALE & 1 FEMALE

Forest at Ardmore, Athy S694984 Kildare 12.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 3-4

Littleton New Bridge N765252 Kildare 12.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1-2

Breeole, Taghmaconnell M8642 Roscommon 13.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum Several

Newtown, Gort M4302 South-east Galway 3.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 15 As for Ruddy Darter but less numerous

Knockaunatook, Gort M4202 South-east Galway 3.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Lough Bunny, Boston R3896 Clare 5.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum Several

Rockvale Bridge, Boston R386986 Clare 5.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 6

Kilcorkan, Boston R3899 Clare 5.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1+ A few unidentified Sympetrums could have been this or the previous species

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 Clare 5.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 10 Inludes 1 dead female in Spiders web

Enagh West, Kilmurry R487699 Clare 5.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 3-4

Lough Nambrackdarrig V698939 South Kerry 6.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2-3

Gortnagan Beg, L. Caragh V7188 South Kerry 6.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1-2

Kildreelig V4063 South Kerry 7.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 3-4

Derrynane Dunes V5358 South Kerry 7.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 6-8

Derrynane Bay V540590 South Kerry 7.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Derreenrickard Lake V768662 South Kerry 7.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum Several

Fields & scrub, Kenmare V904703 South Kerry 7.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Inch Dunes North Q6400 South Kerry 8.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Inch Dunes South V6499 South Kerry 8.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2 1 seen flying south over sea!

Tullig, Inch Q6403 South Kerry 8.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Curraduff Bridge, Camp Q700093 South Kerry 8.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Road to Lough Gill Q6113 South Kerry 8.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2

Ballyseedy, Tralee Q877127 North Kerry 8.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 4-6

Dohyle Lough, Rathkeale R3643 Limerick 9.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2

Glenbane East, Askeaton R296507 Limerick 9.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

Aughinish E., Barrigone R2852 Limerick 9.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 8

Aughinish W., Barrigone R2752 Limerick 9.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum c. 6

Craggs, Barrigone R2948 Limerick 9.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 4-6

Mounttrenchard, Foynes R219503 Limerick 9.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1

E. end Bunthulla Esker N027313 Offaly 10.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2-3

Disused quarry, Clorhane ?M9928 Offaly 10.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2-3 Could be in N02

Rocky scrub, Clorhane M9827 Offaly 10.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 2-3

Blackwater Railway N0329 Offaly 10.9.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1-2 Could be in N03

BANDED DAMSELFLY

Beaufort Br., Killarney V881927 North Kerry 6.9.2006 Calopteryx splendens c. 5 1 definite male and 1 definite female seen; up to 3 other females seen but 1 or 2 seemed to have brown wings like a female Calopteryx virgo; habitat looked right for latter, indeed possibly both species

EMERALD DAMSELFLY

Drumminacloghaun, Gort M4302 South-east Galway 31.7.2006 Lestes sponsa 1 Female

Ballyvelaghan Lough M277113 Clare 2.8.2006 Lestes sponsa c. 6+

Ballyeighter Wood R3493 Clare 2.8.2006 Lestes sponsa 1 Male

Peacocks Hotel, Maam X L976463 West Galway 3.8.2006 Lestes sponsa 1

Errisbeg W., Roundstone L683398 West Galway 3.8.2006 Lestes sponsa 3-4

Carrowoughteragh, Cross M2351 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Lestes sponsa 1 MALE

St. Johns Wood, L. Ree M9956 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Lestes sponsa 2

Ballinafagh Reservoir N8128 Kildare 11.8.2006 Lestes sponsa 2-4 1-2 MALES & 1-2 FEMALES

Clonagh Quarry, Athlone N072435 Westmeath 13.8.2006 Lestes sponsa 1 FEMALE

Derrynane Dunes V5358 South Kerry 7.9.2006 Lestes sponsa 3+

 

SCARCE EMERALD DAMSELFLY

Ballyvelaghan Lough M277113 Clare 2.8.2006 Lestes dryas 1 Male

Carrowoughteragh, Cross M2351 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Lestes dryas 1 FEMALE; possibly a new site and/or 10 x 10 km. square

BLUE-TAILED DAMSELFLY

Errisbeg W., Roundstone L683398 West Galway 3.8.2006 Ischnura elegans 2-3

Carrowoughteragh, Cross M2351 East Mayo 4.8.2006 Ischnura elegans 2

Shore of L. Corrib M1941 West Galway 5.8.2006 Ischnura elegans 1

Bog north of Keel Lough L6506 West Mayo 7.8.2006 Ischnura elegans 1

Cloghans Bay, Lough Conn G2013 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Ischnura elegans 2-3

Cloonkelly, Lough Conn G1514 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Ischnura elegans 2

Ballinafagh Reservoir N8128 Kildare 11.8.2006 Ischnura elegans Several

Littleton New Bridge N765252 Kildare 12.8.2006 Ischnura elegans 2

Derrynane Dunes V5358 South Kerry 7.9.2006 Ischnura elegans 1 Immature

COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLY

Drumminacloghaun, Gort M4302 South-east Galway 31.7.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 10 Males

Lough Bunny (S. of road) R380966 Clare 1.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum Several

Ballyvelaghan Lough M277113 Clare 2.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 2 MALES

Inishmicatreer M1750 North-east Galway 4.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 MALE

Ballynahinch Wood L7547 West Galway 3.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum

Barnarinnia, L. Mask M066598 West Mayo 4.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum A few

Shore of L. Corrib M1941 West Galway 5.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum A few

Kilkeeran, Lough Carra M1670 East Mayo 6.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 MALE

Bog north of Keel Lough L6506 West Mayo 7.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 FEMALE

Fields near L. Nambrack L706086 West Mayo 7.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 3 MALES

Cloghans Bay, Lough Conn G2013 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 10

Coarse Island, L. Conn G185148 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum A few

Cloonkelly, Lough Conn G1514 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 10

Lough Conn at Tonacrock G147096 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum A few

Lough Cuillin, Pontoon G211039 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum A few

Corryosla Br., L. Conn G197045 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum Several

Corryosla Br., L. Conn G197045 West Mayo 9.8.2006 Enallagma cyatigerum 3 MALES

St. Johns Wood, L. Ree M9956 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum A few

Ballinafagh Reservoir N8128 Kildare 11.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 10

Barrow River, Bert Br. S659968 Kildare 12.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 MALE

Littleton New Bridge N765252 Kildare 12.8.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 2 MALES

Newtown, Gort M4302 South-east Galway 3.9.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 MALE

Lough Bunny, Boston R3896 Clare 4.9.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum

Ballyeighter L., Boston R3493 Clare 4.9.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 MALE, FLYING IN RAIN

Lough Bunny, Boston R3896 Clare 5.9.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 1 MALE

Lough Nambrackdarrig V698939 South Kerry 6.9.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum 12+ 3 mating pairs, 4 live males and 2 dead males caught by spiders

Dohyle Lough, Rathkeale R3643 Limerick 9.9.2006 Enallagma cyathigerum c. 4 males

VARIABLE DAMSELFLY

Ballymore, Kilcolgan M4014 South-east Galway 1.8.2006 Coenagrion pulchellum 1 Male

UNCONFIRMED RECORDS

Peacocks Hotel, Maam X L976463 West Galway 3.8.2006 Aeshna grandis 1 POSSIBLE; 1 was seen here in August 2003 catching a Peacock butterfly

Derrymore Wood, L. Mask M1372 West Mayo 6.8.2006 Aeshna juncea 1

S. end of L. Funshinagh M944497 Roscommon 10.8.2006 Sympetrum sanguineum 1 Probable; definitely identified at N. end of lake

Canal at Bert Br., Athy S658968 Kildare 12.8.2006 Sympetrum striolatum 1 PROBABLY THIS SPECIES

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