Dave Barlow © Cleveland Naturalists’ Field Club. 17th April 2015


Odonata




Dragonflies (Anisoptera)


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A Grandis Brown Hawker (A Grandis)


A large, distinctive hawker with brown wings often look golden especial in the sunlight. Breeding in a range of standing waters in the lowlands and often found away from water. Flight period, June through to September.




Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)


A small hawker that is appearing more often in the region. Seen around standing water. The breeding population is boosted by continental migration in the autumn.






Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)


A medium size dragonfly. Found on Eston Moor ponds .It benefits from the creation of new ponds and re-colonises vegetation-choked ponds and ditches after dredging.





Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)


Described some times as dull, this chaser has four distinctive dark spots on the wings . A dark form occurs Praenubila which has more black at the nodes . Often associated with acidic heathland pools. Flying from late April to late September, found on Eston Moors





Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens )


A smallish dragonfly, associated with wet heathland . Fen Bog is its most northerly distribution and can been seen in most years at this location certain years. Flies from June through to August.






Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea)

A large powerful hawker. Most common in late summer especially on mooreland. Can be seen in woodland rides through out the area. Breeds in boggy neutral water.

Flies July through to late September .











Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)


Large, solitary and colourful specie of lowland areas. A common visitor to garden pond. Flies from mid summer well into autumn. Pinchinthorpe woods are a good place to see this specie in autumn. Lays eggs in bank sides often above the waterline.






A Grandis Brown Hawker Migrant Hawker Broad-bodied Chaser Four-spotted Chaser Keeled Skimmer Common Hawker Southern Hawker