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Southern Migrant Hawker

Southern Migrant Hawker
Aeshna affinis

Adur Levels

Extract from British Dragonfly Society Sussex Group Newsletter No 17: Spring 2007
"In 2006, we were treated to a hot, dry summer. Consequently, Sussex was host to only the second sighting of Southern Migrant Hawker Aeshna affinis in the U.K. – the previous one being in 1952. Obviously, the recorder was an experienced observer. Not a bit of it! We are indebted to a local photographer, Ray Hamblett, who found the insect near the River Adur, perched on a dead twig of wild clematis and took several shots of it before it flew away. He then posted it on a photographer’s website and waited to see if anyone knew what it was. Initial thoughts were maybe an Emperor until another photographer came up with the correct identification. Further definite sightings of this species were made in July and August with two in Hampshire and one in Norfolk. The likely number reaching the U.K. could be well into double figures. It is strongly suspected that this species has visited the U.K. on other occasions. However, this insect is very similar to the resident Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta and trying to identify between the two in flight is another matter altogether. Thus, hardly surprising that we have had so few records. "
Emperor Anax imperata
Emperor Dragonfly
August 2005
Bramber Salterns
Common Blue Coenagrion puella
Azure Damselfly
Mash Barn Lane (A27 end)
Large Red female Pyrrhosoma nymphula
 Large Red damselfly = female
Mash Barn Lane
Red Dragon Fly
Name: Pyrrhosoma nymphula
 Large Red damselfly
recorded : 4.5.03
 Flight time: April - September
Notes: on Dogwood leaf in the garden in May
Red DragonflyPond Click on images to view
common darter
Sympetrum striolatum
Common Darter - female
recorded: 3.9.2004
Common Darter
Sympetrum striolatum
Common Darter
Lancing Ring LNR
 Flight time: June - late autumn
Sex: female
Probable Image of Darter Nymph
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum
 Common Darter
recorded : 5.10.03
Site: McIntyres Field, Lancing Ring LNR
common darter
Name: Sympetrum striolatum
Common Darter- male
recorded : 3.9.2001
Home garden

 Flight time: June - late autumn

Common Darter
Sympetrum striolatum
Common Darter
2nd view
Blue Tail damselfly Ischnura elegans
 Blue-tailed Damselfly
 Flight time: May - August

Bluetail Damselfly female Ischnura elegans
 Blue-tailed Damselfly - female (violacea)
recorded :24.7.2004
Damselfly Name: Ischnura elegans
 Blue-tailed Damselfly
 Flight time: May - August
Coenagrion puella
Azure Damselfly
recorded 27.7.2004
Azure Coenagrion puella
Azure Damselfly
Cokeham Reed Beds
Azure mated Coenagrion puella
Azure Damselfly
recorded : 31.7.2004
Cokeham Reed Beds
Nymph Damsel
Common Darter  nymph
recorded 27.7.2004
garden pond

Migrant Dragonfly Scientific: Aeshna mixta
Common: Migrant Hawker
size 45-50 mm
recorded: 16.8.2001
Lancing Manor grounds

Note: at rest on Buddliea seed head .

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