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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Llanerch Wood 14/05/2017

At Llanerch wood there were alot of Blue-tailed Damsels in the bankside vegetation wheather it was because of the wind I do not know but it did make taking photos a little bit tricky. The other Damsels were Red-eyed Damsels(14) and Azures, I also saw a few Blue-tailed Damsels of the form rufescens.
The Red-eyed were on the lily pads with two seen in tandem.

No Dragonflies seen.

Lavernock Point NR & Cosmeston 14/05/2017

At Lavernock there were alot of Large Red Damsels at the small pond mainly males and staying on the vegetation around the pond, I also found one Blue-tailed Damsel.

At Cosmeston the pond to the left of the Visitor centre held Common Blue Damsels and one Hairy Dragonfly which was taken by a coot.

I then moved on to Llanerch wood.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


southern pools four spotted chasers top small newt ponds hairy dragonflies very good year for hairy dragonfly

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Parc Slip - 09 May

Out for a stroll in the sunshine at Parc Slip this morning - looking for hoverflies. Didn't see many of those but did see quite a few Azure Damselfly, a single Large Red and a single Common Blue.

Sunday, 7 May 2017


10 plus Hairy dragonfly south pools, four spotted chaser also this afternoon

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tongwynlais 02 May

A very nice Large Red Damselfly basking in this morning's sunshine - alongside the footpath south of the Tongwynlais Sports Field.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Parc Penallta & Parc Cwm Darran 23/04/2017

Although a little windy it seemed a bit warmer in the morning enough to bring out a few Large Red Damsels at the horse-shoe ponds Penallta, four in total three of which must have just emerged judging by their colour and still near their casts.

At P.C.D. there was only One to be found again just emerged that morning.

We could do with a little bit of rain now as the ponds were quite low.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Old canal - Forest Farm

Several female Large Red Damselfly on the edge of the old canal yesterday, where the lily pads are just appearing. Saw one that had obviously had problems emerging - with tangled wings and a wonky abdomen. No males seen.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


A Beautiful Demoiselle along Green Lane, St. Mellons (VC35) Cardiff this pm.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Lavernock NR 09/04/2017

Yes Howard I concur the Dragons are making a comeback, found today at the small pond at Lavernock NR a new emergence of Large Reds. About a dozen or more flew up from the reeds and a few more which had just emerged still drying off on the reeds.

Lets hope a good sign of things to come.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Damsels are back ...

Look what turned up in the garden this afternoon - unless I'm mistaken, a stunning female Large Red Damselfly. I am a suitably happy 'grumpy old man'.