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Harbour Dragonfly & Damselfly List

The following is thought to be a complete list of all the Damselflies & Dragonflies to have been recorded in Christchurch Harbour. If you know of any others, however, please contact us…

Beautiful DemoiselleCalopteryx virgoFirst record 1996. Also 2018 and 4
records in 2023
Banded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens
Annual Stanpit
Occasional Hengistbury
Emerald DamselflyLestes sponsaAnnual Lily Pond
Willow Emerald DamselflyChalcolestes viridisFirst Harbour record 2022.
9 together in 2023 (1 female)
Large Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphulaAnnual Lily Pond
Small Red DamselflyCeriagrion tenellum2020 & 2023
White-legged DamselflyPlatycnemis pennipesLast record 1991, only 
recent records 2022, 2023
Azure DamselflyCoenagrion puellaAnnual
Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerumAnnual
Blue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegansAnnual
Scarce Blue-tailed DamselflyIschnura pumilioLast record 1983
Recently 2023
Red-eyed DamselflyErythromma najasAnnual Quarry Pond
Small Red-eyed DamselflyErythromma viridulumFirst record 2021
Second 2022
Hairy DragonflyBrachytron pratenseAnnual Lily Pond & Stanpit May 2023
Common HawkerAeshna juncea2018 & 4 seen 2023
Migrant HawkerAeshna mixtaAnnual
Southern Migrant HawkerAeshna affinisFirst record 2021
Wick bridge
Southern HawkerAeshna cyaneaAnnual
Brown HawkerAeshna grandisAnnual
EmperorAnax imperatorAnnual
Lesser EmperorAnax parthenopeFirst record 2022
Quarry Pond, 5 seen
2023
Golden-ringed DragonflyCordulegaster boltoniiTwo old records.
First recent record 2022
1 seen 2023
Downy EmeraldCordulia aeneaTwo old records 1990 and 1992.
Recently 2022
Four-spotted ChaserLibellula quadrimaculataAnnual Lily Pond
Broad-bodied ChaserLibellula depressaAnnual
Scarce ChaserLibellula fulvaOld records 1969, 1972, 1979 1996
and 1997. Recently 2022 & 2023
Black-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatumAnnual Quarry Pond
Keeled SkimmerOrthetrum coerulescensA few old records.
Recently 2021 and 2022
2 at Quarry pond 2023
Black DarterSympetrum danaeNine old records 1971-1985 also
1996, 1998
and most recently 2022
Common DarterSympetrum striolatumAnnual
Ruddy DarterSympetrum sanguineumOld records 1979,
1982-84, 1987,
1989-91.
First recent record 2022
Also 2023
Red-veined DarterSympetrum fonscolombiiOld records 1987,
1998, 2012 and recently 2019
Yellow-winged DarterSympetrum flaveolumOnly record : three individuals at
Priory Marsh on 30 August 1995

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