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Adur Valley Wildlife

Damselflies & Dragonflies
of the

Adur Valley

Common Blue Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum

Link to Adur Dragonflies 2008-2018

Order:  Odonata

Common Name  Scientific Name  Local Distribution National Distribution and Status  Sussex
Local Flight Times
Southern Hawker  Aeshna cyanea Near Brooklands, Waterworks Road, Adur Levels. Lancing Beach.
Occasional. Regular.
Very common in southern England and Wales, more local elsewhere  Frequent (sometimes very frequent) and widespread   
Common Hawker  Aeshna juncea Not recorded Common. Western England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland  Not recorded  
Migrant Hawker  Aeshna mixta Adur Levels Common and gregarious in September and October Common and increasing its range. Southern England, south coast of Wales  Widespread, especially in the east, boosted by immigration   
Emperor Dragonfly  Anax imperator Widespread. Variable occurrence, Lancing Ring dewpond. Annington Sewer, Woods Mill Widespread in southern England and southern Wales  Occasional (sometimes frequent) and widespread  
Hairy Dragonfly  Brachytron pratense On the list for the species recorded at the Paddocks, Lancing.

Probable at Cuckoo's Corner.

Uncommon but increasing its range. Local populations in southern mainland Britain but widely distributed in central Ireland  Rather localised including the Adur, near Cuckoo's Corner  
Banded Demoiselle  Calopteryx splendens Recorded and photographed by Allen Pollard at Shermanbury
Waterworks Road
Common. Most of England, Wales and Ireland  Locally frequent north of the downs
Occurs at Annington Sewer and seen in Old Shoreham
Beautiful Demoiselle  Calopteryx virgo On the Waterworks Road and confirmed by Sussex Wildlife Trust Locally common. Mostly found west of a line between Liverpool and Folkestone and in southern Ireland  Widespread, except the downs and south coast  
Azure Damselfly  Coenagrion puella Cokeham Reed Beds. Shermanbury. On the list for the species recorded at the Paddocks, Lancing. Common on the Adur Levels Very common throughout the British Isles except the northern half of Scotland  Commonest species in Sussex. Everywhere  May  to 
Variable Damselfly  Coenagrion pulchellum  Not recorded Scattered and uncommon in mainland Britain but widespread and common in Ireland Scarce, except Pevensey   
Common Blue Damselfly  Enallagma cyathigerum Shermanbury
Abundant throughout the British Isles  Common 
ID difficulties in recording prevalence
Blue-tailed Damselfly  Ischnura elegans Common and widespread including gardens Abundant throughout the British Isles  Second commonest species. Widespread   mid June to
Emerald Damselfly  Lestes sponsa  Not recorded Locally common throughout Britain and Ireland  Scattered across the county with a marked preference for sandstone and more acid waters, but including brackish sites  
Broad-bodied Chaser  Libellula depressa Lancing Ring dewpond. Mill Hill
Larkfield Paddocks
Widespread and common throughout southern England and Wales  Widespread and frequent   
Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva Bines Bridge area Shermanbury and the upper Adur Scarce Sporadic, Arun and Adur only  
Black-tailed Skimmer  Orthetrum cancellatum Not recorded
Probable on the upper Adur
Fairly common. Southern England, parts of Wales and Ireland  Locally occurs  
Keeled Skimmer  Orthetrum coerulescens  Not recorded Locally common. Patchy distribution, mainly western Britain and Ireland  Rare, even on Ashdown Forest, the only place where it has been recorded  
White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes Bines Bridge area Shermanbury and the upper Adur Uncommon High and low Weald, mid-Adur and upper Arun   
Large Red Damselfly  Pyrrhosoma nymphula Cokeham Reed Beds.
Lancing, Shoreham gardens. Adur Levels, streamside
Widespread and common in Britain and Ireland  Frequent to Common everywhere with water  
Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombi  Larkfield Paddocks
One record
Vagrant immigrant Not recorded  
Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum Cokeham Reed Beds
The Paddocks, Lancing
Saltings Field, Botolphs
Adur Levels streamside
Resident in south-east England and central Ireland but increasing its range  Locally frequent  
Common Darter  Sympetrum striolatum Common and widespread Abundant in England, Wales and Ireland. Less common in Scotland  Common and widespread. Commonest dragonfly  Start of July to
Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas     Locally occurs, mostly in the east
Small Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma  viridulum     Rare. Since 2000
Small Red Damselfly Ceriagrion tenellum     Ashdown Forest only
Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis     Common (? prevalence), but absent near the main coastal urban area around Shoreham and Brighton One recorded by Brenda Collins  on 30 August 2004, in Lancing
Club-tailed Dragonfly Gomphus vulgatissimus     Rare, Arun only
Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii     Scarce, Weald only
Downy Emerald Dragonfly Cordulia aenea     Prefers acidic waters, so not on the downs. Widespread but scarce
Brilliant Emerald Dragonfly Somatochlora metallica     Locally occurs on High Weald, Rare on Low weald, absent elsewhere
Four-spotted Chaser Libella quadrimaculata     Patchy distribution on the Weald, rare elsewhere. Absent near the main coastal urban area around Shoreham and Brighton
Black Darter Sympetrum danae     Rare, Ashurst Forest and around Midhurst
Southern Migrant Hawker Aeshna affinis Vagrant
Adur Levels
The national distribution and status information was mostly compiled by the British Dragonfly Society

PS: Some of the species links no longer work, click on British Dragonfly Society
The recommendation for dragonfly books are under review and enquiry. A good book should included the nymphs. Not all of them do. 

Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella

Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans

Dragonflies land and perch with wings outstretched and damselflies perch with folded wings.

Common Darter
Sympetrum striolatum


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