Irish Dragonfly News 2009

News and reports of sightings of Irish dragonflies will appear here from the beginning of the 2009 season. The most recent news received will be at the top of the page. Please send your records to dragonflyireland_news@hotmail.co.uk. The DragonflyIreland project is still active and records received will be entered into the DragonflyIreland database, so please provide grid references and other information with your records. Records should be sent to the Irish Recorder Brian Nelson (brian.nelson@nmni.com).

By preference I will use the vernacular names from the British Wildlife European Dragonfly Guide , but with the BDS names given frequently. Scientific names will be given on all occasions.

The 2008 news is archived and available here here and the 2007 news here (April to June) and here (July to end of year)

Brian Nelson

Last updated 27 July Apologies for the absence of updates which reflects my lack of time and in truth also the scarcity of news. Some other reports were received but not shown, but all the records will be entered in the database. There will be no updates between 28 July and 12 August as I am off on holiday. The latest edition of Agrion the newsletter of Worldwide Dragonfly Association is available from their site. As usual the copy is full of exotic species including what must be one of the most fantastically coloured dragonflies in existence, the male of Viridithemis viridula from Madagascar. Despite its incredible colour the photograph records the first ever sighting of the male of this species (its known from only a few female sightings) A report on it can also be seen at http://news.mongabay.com/2009/623-hance_dragonflies.html

25 July, Co Fermanagh, Ian Rippey On 25th July in Co. Fermanagh although the weather wasn't as good as predicted (it clouder over quite early though still with occasional sunshine) there were still a few Odonata about. At Lenaghan Wood near Derrygonnelly, there were 2 or 3 Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis , 1 or 2 Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata & Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum during the 1st visit there in late morning and 1 Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis on a late afternoon visit; around some hazel scrub on the south side of the hill above Doagh Lough, Derrygonnelly, there were 3 or 4 Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis , 1 of which was seen to have at least part of a white butterfly, presumably a Green-veined White, in its jaws. 1 or 2 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum and 2 or 3 of Common Spreadwing/Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa and Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum were also seen here. About half a mile to the south near some woodland (predominantly ash) in the glen of a small stream there were 3 or 4 Moorland/Common Hawker Aeshna juncea. Near another bit of birch/oak woodland opposite the turnoff to Doagh Lough on the north side of the Derrygonnelly to Knockmore Road (via Doagh) there were another 3-4 Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum. There were botanically interesting flushes above Lenaghan Wood (with Grass of Parnassus, etc) which looked suitable for Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens (and a small area also near the wood north of Doagh Lough ditto) but though I explored the area fairly fully there was no sign of it; perhaps these flushes are not acid enough. Its absence from Fermanagh is a bit of a puzzle; perhaps it might occur in the Pettigoe Plateau?

24 July, Co Fermanagh, Ian Rippey In the afternoon there was a male Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens and 1 Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis at Derryvore, Upper Lough Erne; at Reilly Wood there was 1 Moorland/Common Hawker Aeshna juncea, 2 or 3 Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis , 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 2 Common Spreadwing/Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa, 1 Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and there were good numbers of Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at both places (I would normally have expected to see rather more A. grandis). Also at Derryvore was a rather small looking hawker which I think may well have been Brachytron but I am not certain (I have seen it on 2nd August at Brackagh in 1990 and probably 3rd August 1986 near Ballygawley, so this is within its flight period). Earlier on 24th at Milford there was a male Moorland/Common Hawker Aeshna juncea flying up and down the pond and 1 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum in the cutting (some days I ago I saw 2 tenerals near the pond). There was also 1 Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis beside the River Callan a few hundred yards away at the bottom of the field.

20 July: Brackagh Bog, Co Armagh, Ian Rippey Late this afternoon (20th July) there was a male (partly red but with damaged wings) and 1 or 2 female Ruddy Darters Sympetrum sanguineum at Brackagh Bog; about 3 or 4 Moorland/Common Hawker Aeshna juncea and Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis were also seen, 1 Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, a rather late Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula and several Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum.

Co Limerick, Geoff Hunt More Blue Emperor Anax imperator sites in co Limerick. Lough Agoule, Ballingarry, co Limerick R394359 4 July 1 Blue Emperor Anax imperator, Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella, Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula and Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum. Cappagh, co Limerick R376465 05/07/2009 1 Blue Emperor Anax imperator 1 Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis , Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum, Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula . Ballyengland upper, Askeaton, co Limerick R378482 Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum, Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis

1 July, Brackagh Moss NNR, Co Armagh, Ian Rippey I caught 2 (immature male) Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum at Brackagh yesterday (1st July); several other Darters possibly of this species were seen. I also saw 2 unidentified Darters there on the evening of 30th June but could not catch or identify them. A Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis was also seen at Brackagh on 1st

June, Cooley garden pond at J178066, Enda Flynn Emerging Moorland/Common Hawker Aeshna juncea (at least 12). Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula , Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella, Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, ovipositing Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata with attendant male Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum

28 June, Ballynafagh Lake, Co. Kildare Declan Skehan While searching for Whinchats (failure), I came across 4 or 5 Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum

28 June, Co Fermanagh, Ian Rippey A clear-winged hawker seen at Callow near Derrygonnelly was probably Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense ; an interesting record the same day was a male Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens flying around the small stream which runs into Legalough from the east; it was seen both on the Fermanagh and Cavan sides. I think this may be a new site and 10 km, square record; it may well have been a stray.

27 June, Peatlands Park, Co Armagh, Ian Rippey A brief glimpse of a Hawker at the entrance to Anngarriff Wood in the Peatlands Park on 27th June was probably Moorland/Common Hawker Aeshna juncea, though it might just have been Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense ; a definite Moorland/Common Hawker Aeshna juncea was seen later at the Peat Cuttings Wood in PP. 3 Common Spreadwing/Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa were seen art Mullenakill Bog and 1 at the lake near the entrance the same day; there were no Black Darter Sympetrum danae in PP but 2 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum were seen

28 June: Co Monaghan, Brian Nelson A male Blue Emperor Anax imperator seen at an unnamed lake near Ballybay (H695181). This attractive but rather inaccessible lake also has Irish/Crescent Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum which continues to be found at new sites in Monaghan

28 June: Knock Lake, north County Dublin, Peter Doyle I had 3 male Blue Emperor Anax imperator holding territory at Knock Lake, north County Dublin today. Also present were a few Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and 3 species of damselfly: Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum & Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula in good numbers. It will be interesting to see if Lesser Emperors A.parthenope, put in an appearance at this site again; either breeding or as wandering vagrants.

27 June: Co Limerick, Geoff Hunt Yet another Blue Emperor Anax imperator site even further west at Carrigkerry sandpit, Co Limerick R23. This is only 15km from the Kerry border. They are really expanding their range.They are now in R72, R42, R23, within Co Limerick. Must check out other sites in Limerick.

27 June: Tacumshin, Co Wexford, Peter Doyle A day at the Tacumshin Lake east end in County Wexford produced 4 - 6 Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense , many Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans , Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella & Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum. The nearby quarry pond had 8 - 12 male Blue Emperor Anax imperator , dashing around with 2 - 3 females ovipositing. 1 teneral Sympetrum was flushed here also. 2 - 3 Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense & Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata present in good numbers as well.

22 June, Peatlands Park, Co Armagh, Ian Rippey As well as the expected commoner species, there was a single Common Spreadwing/Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa and about 6 teneral Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum here this morning (the former was near the lake close to the entrance, all the latter were in the water treatment area. There was also what may have been a Moorland/Common Hawker Aeshna juncea near the edge of Mullenakill Bog (it looked rather large for Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense , which I think has seldom been seen at Peatlands - I have seen it only at Derryadd Lake and also the gravel pit at Derrylard, in this area). There was no sign of Black Darter Sympetrum danae although I was only at Mullenakill and the lake area.

22 June, Co Down, Ian Rippey There were about a dozen or more Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens including at least 1 blue male at Leitrim Lodge, and about 5 (also with a blue male) at Bloody Bridge. There was also an unidentified blue damselfly by one of the flushes at Leitrim - possibly C. puella which I once saw by the nearby Shankys River.Some of the flushes were dry and others pretty wet; the main concern was that a small amount of gravel (perhaps a wheelbarrow load or two) has been dumped in 1 of them, close to the southern end near the forest. I hope this is not the beginning of an attempt to drain the area.

20 June Co Limerick, Geoff Hunt Today I found Blue Emperor Anax imperator at a new location near Ballyagran Co Limerick. R459286. This is 30km west of Griston bog where they were first discovered in co Limerick.There was 8 present with females oviposting. Also Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella, l Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum

8-14 June, Ian Rippey I recorded 13 species of Odonata (6 Anisoptera, 7 Zygoptera) in Cos. Clare, Galway, Mayo, Longford, Meath and Cavan between 8th and 14th June (weather was generally reasonable although there was some rain from late on Sunday - turloughs which had been full in the Burren in mid-May were virtually empty). Highlights include Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum and Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens at the same bog in Co. Longford (which I believe may be new county records); Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum was seen in good numbers in Clare, Galway and Mayo with at least 2 at a site in Co. Meath where I saw 1 a few years ago, and a few Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens at 2 or 3 other sites in West Galway. These were my first sightings of these species for 2009 (surprisingly no Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum were seen in the Burren between 18th and 21st May, though several blue males were seen last week, with 1 or 2 Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens also turning blue), and also for Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum. A number of Irish/Crescent Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum were seen at the same Meath site, which I believe may be new (though I think it may have been seen not far away a few years ago). No Robust Spreadwing/Scarce Emerald Damselfly Lestes dryas or Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum were seen although I looked at known sites in the Burren, etc. 1 Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis was seen in Co. Galway, and a few Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense in several counties. A single male Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens was seen in NE Galway, on a ditch near the large bog at Carrowbrowne on the Galway to Headford Road.

10 June, Cloon Wood, Enniskerry County Wicklow, Derek Brown Female Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens

June Co Monaghan, Will Woodrow Attempted pairing of male Irish/Crescent Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum with a male Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula photographed

3 June, Killoughter, Co. Wicklow, Niall T. Keogh Along the sheltered lane at Killoughter, Co. Wicklow, 65+ damselflies (mostly Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella & Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum with smaller numbers of Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans ) and a single female Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense were seen resting on sunny sections of hedgerow during the late afternoon.

10 June, Tacumshin Lake, County Wexford, Peter Doyle 15+ Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense (mostly at the west end) and Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata. Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula , Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans & Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella also seen. Blue Emperor Anax imperator was looked for at a few sites but not seen.

9 June Banagher Marina, Co. Offaly Neal Warnock Saw a male Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens today (a first for me) sunning itself on vegetation

9 June Lough Boora Parkland, Co Offaly, Peter Doyle A visit produced a teneral Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum, my first of the season & Four-spot Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata. A Red-necked Phalarope snapping at (& presumably eating) Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula , Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and 'blue' damselflies was also noted. 2 Handed examined 'blue' damsels proved to be Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum.

3 and 4 June Ian Rippey On 3rd June I saw a male Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense at Aughnadarragh Lake near Saintfield, Co. Down. On 4th I was in Fermanagh and saw about 3 Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense on the Fermanagh side of Legalough along with Libellula, Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula , Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum and Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans .

23 May - 1 June Various sites, Geoff Hunt The following were all seen by me. 1 Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens at Kilsheelin Co Tipperary 23 May, grid ref S22. Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula , Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella at Mount Congreve gardens Co Waterford 23 May, grid ref S552108. 2 Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense , 2 Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans at Westfields Co Limerick R55, 29 May, 2 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, 3 Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula and 1 Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella at Ballybunion Golf Beach Co Kerry Q83 1 June.

27 May - 2 June, Glendalough and Arklow ponds, Co Wicklow, Peter Doyle With the continuing good weather, a visit to Glendalough on 27/5 produced Large Red Damsels Pyrrhosoma nymphula , & Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata (many on their maiden flight) at the west end of the Upper Lake. On the 1/6 a visit to Arklow Ponds, north of Arklow town, produced many Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense (with more than one pair on tandem), Large Red Damsels Pyrrhosoma nymphula , Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans & some distant 'blue' (not specifically identified) damselflies. An enthusiastic return visit today to Arklow Ponds, 2/6, produced more of the same.

1 June, Ballycrenane Strand, Co Cork, Tom Gittings 1 male Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii at grid ref 190746 061287. It was on some soft cliffs on this beach, which is on the eastern side of Ballycotton Bay.

1 June Montiaghs Moss, Co Antrim, Brian Nelson At least 15 male Irish/Crescent Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum in pools at the T junction. Best numbers I have seen at this site for several years. Also one Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense

1 June: Noel Keogh A male Blue Emperor Anax imperator seen flying around a meadow between Carnsore Point & Lady's Island Lake, Co. Wexford.

1 June, Navan Quarry, Brackagh Bog and Dyne's Bridge, Co Armagh, Ian Rippey During a very brief visit for about 2 minutes to the River Bann at Dynes Bridge late this afternoon, I saw 1 or 2 male and 3 female Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens. Earlier at Navan Quarry, there was a probable Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense (I saw near Loughnashade in 2008), 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, 1 Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula , a mating pair of Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella, 1 Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans and 1 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum. At Brackagh Bog there were 3 Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense , about 6 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata, several Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans , 2 Large Red Damsels Pyrrhosoma nymphula and a number of both Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella and Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum.

31 May, Strand Lough, Ballykilbeg and Tullyratty, Co Down, Ian Rippey There was a Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense in the gravel pit near Strand Lough, Killough, on 31st (though there seems to be no water in it now, and nearby Strand Lough looks distinctly brackish), and at least 1 at Ballykilbeg Fen near Clough, along with 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata and 2 Large Red Damsels Pyrrhosoma nymphula . At Tullyratty near Strangford there were 1 or 2 Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum.

30 May and 31 May, Anglingham, Co Galway, Tom Cuffe Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata 30 May and Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum 31 May

31 May, Lagan towpath at Lisburn Co Antrim, mostly near Moore's Bridge, David Nixon 8 Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens (5M, 3F) were seen along with a single Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans

30 May, Barnland, Co. Wexford, Michael O'Donnell T145638. Two Blue Emperor Anax imperator exuviae and a freshly emerged female this morning

30 May, Shercock area South Monaghan, Brian Nelson, Will Woodrow Many tens of Irish/Crescent Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum at two sites east of Shercock including Raferagh H761047. Usual associated species also present and Painted Lady and Wood White butterflies. 2 Water Rail chicks seen swimming across the pond at Raferagh.

30 May, Tonnagh Quarry and Fardrum Lough et al, Co Fermanagh Ian Rippey On 30th May I saw 3 or 4 male and 3-4 female Small/Scarce Bluetail Ischnura pumlio at Tonnagh Quarry near Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh, along with Large Red Damsels Pyrrhosoma nymphula , Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum and 4 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata. 4 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata was also seen at Braade Bog near Derrygonnelly, Large Red Damsels Pyrrhosoma nymphula at Lough Navar Forest and several Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella at Fardrum Lough, Enniskillen.

29 May, Montiaghs Moss Co Antrim Ian Rippey On 29th May I saw a mating pair and about 8 male Irish/Crescent Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum at Montiaghs NNR and about 3 , both being my first for the year; 2 male and 1 female Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense were also seen, thos being my first in NI in 2009

26 May: Five Mile Point, County Wicklow, Peter Doyle A confiding first year Hobby was feeding high & low on a substantial emergence of Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense and some Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata dragonflies, provided a late morning riveting observation today for myself & at least 8 other observers; ostensibly down to see the Hobby!

25 May: Selshion Bog, Co Armagh, James O’Neill 3 male Irish/Crescent Bluet Coenagrion lunulatum (see photo ), Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella and 4 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata in the field at the northern edge, near the quarry

25 May: Ballinafagh Lake and Pollardstown Fen County Kildare, Peter Doyle A morning visit to Ballinafagh Lake produced 6+ Four Spotted Chasers Libellula quadrimaculata , 3+ male & 1 female Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense , 4+ Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum and a similar number of Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans . Only 2 Large Red Damsels Pyrrhosoma nymphula seen. No copious numbers of any odonata species on the wing although there was a notable number of Zygopterans on their maiden flight. In the afternoon, I visited Pollardstown Fen and had 3 male Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense one of which I caught (without a net) and released. One Common Bluetail/Blue Tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans & one 'blue' damsel also seen although not specifically identified.

24 May: Great Saltee, Co. Wexford, Niall T. Keogh A male Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense was seen at the garden

18 – 21 May: Clare and Galway, Ian Rippey 6 species were seen on this trip. Weather was reasonable on the whole though rather cloudy and wet or showery for the mornings of 19th and 20th before brightening up in the afternoons. Wind was light at first but breezy in the afternoon of 21st. Temperatures were nothing special, probably around 13-16 deg. C. in the afternoon, though the shelter provided by scrub and warmth given off by limestone rocks helps to create a more suitable micro-climate. Water levels in the turloughs, etc, were very high, similar to late May 2002 and some weeks of reasonably dry weather may be needed before they go down to normal levels.

Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula 19 May 2 at south end and 3-4 at north end of Rinnamona (R2994); 1 on limestone pavement among scrub at Ballyeighter Wood (R3493) 20 May 4 at Addroon (R363888); 3-4 on blanket bog at Kilmore North SE of Kilfenora (R202903) and 1 at Kilcorkan (R3899). 21 May 1 in quarry at Cloonascragh, Ballinasloe

Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum 19 May 1 at Dromore Forest (R3586); 6 on limestone pavement among scrub at Ballyeighter Wood (R3493). 20 May 1 at Dromore Forest (R3586); 2-3 at Kilcorkan (R3899) 21 May 2 at Knockaunatook near Gort Golf Club

Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella 20 May 1 male at Dromore Forest (R3586) on 20th May

Variable Bluet Coenagrion pulchellum 19 May 2 males at south end of Rinnamona (R2994).

Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense 19 May 1 at Clooncoose, Kilnaboy (R2795); 2 (1 female identified) at north end of Rinnamona (R2994); 6-8 on limestone pavement among scrub at Ballyeighter Wood (R3493) 20 May 1 male along west edge of Dromore Forest (R355879); 1 at Kilcorkan (R3899); 1 at Gortlecka (R3094) 21 May 1 at Cloonascragh Bog near Ballinasloe (M875261)

Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata 19 May 1-3 at south end of Rinnamona (R2994); 2 on limestone pavement among scrub at Ballyeighter Wood (R3493) 20 May 1 at Addroon (R363888) 3-4 on blanket bog at Kilmore North SE of Kilfenora (R202903) 21 May 2-3 at Cloonascragh Bog near Ballinasloe (M875261)

12 May: Craigavon Lakes, Co Armagh, Ian Rippey

There was a male and 3 female Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum at Craigavon Lakes today; none were fully mature. James O'Neill of Portadown reports what was probably this species on 9th May: "At Craigavon lakes on Saturday I saw a few female damselflies, not sure what species."; I imagine these were also Enallagma. .

11 May: Ballyhosset near Killough, Co. Down. Ian Rippey

I saw a female Azure Damselfly at Ballyhosset near Killough, Co. Down, today (11th); this was by the roadside, but there is a small lake with abundant Equisetum within a smallish wooded estate about 100 yards away, and another lake not far to the NW. Also seen was a single Holly Blue (Chris Murpny saw 1 in his garden at The Square, Killough, last year). 4 Wall Browns were also seen at Sheepland near Ardglass.

10 May: Lough Coole H2543, Co Fermanagh, Robert Northridge

Azure damselfly Coenagrion puella along with some Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum .

2 May: Cronykeery, Co Wicklow, Angus Tyner Single female teneral Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum took maiden flight from my large pond today 2nd May.

30 April: Cronykeery, Co Wicklow, Angus Tyner I saw a teneral Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula about 50m from my lake near Ashford Co. Wicklow.

7 May: Tacumshin Lake, Co Wexford, Killian Mullarney In blustery but sunny conditions this afternoon , I saw what I presume was a Hairy Hawker Brachytron pratense climbing steeply from the margin of the East-end pool. It was my first dragonfly of the season.

3/4 May: Cronykeery, Co Wicklow, Angus Tyner This year has been the slowest start to season since I started recording. On 3rd May I saw 4 damselflies. that included one of each sex of Common Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum and a female Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella. A female Azure Bluet Coenagrion puella on the following day, the 4th is the only other odonata I've seen! Although the last few days have been mild, it has been windy.

3 May: Blackditch East Coast Nature Reserve, Co. Wicklow, Niall Keogh 6+ Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula sunning themselves in newly created glades within the wet birchwood

29 April, J019507, Brackagh Bog NNR, Co Armagh, Brian Nelson 1 Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula

28 April, J178066, Riverstown, Cooley, Co.Louth, Enda Flynn 1 Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula

23 April, Montiaghs Moss, Co.Antrim, David Nixon 3 Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula and 1 Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimacualata

21 April, Ardee Bog, Co Louth, Breffni Martin I had a Large Red Damsel Pyrrhosoma nymphula yesterday, photo attached. It was hot and balmy with little wind and clear blue sky. Damselfly was working along the ditches in the raised bog.