Dragonflies of Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Odonata.


Southern Hawker (Flight) - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)
Southern Hawker (Flight) - Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)
One of my many passions with wildlife is photographing Dragonflies and their like (Odonata), these aerial monsters can be a challenge but when you get a really good photograph they can be really stunning. With that I have a goal: To photograph (at least once) every species of Odonata that has been recorded in Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire).

To my knowledge there are only 19 species (so far) but at least one has only ever occurred once so I could be waiting a while. If anyone spots I have missed one from the list please let me know (or if you have sightings of any that I have not photographed and might be able to help me achieve this project I would be very grateful to hear from you). Clicking on the photos will take you to a larger version.

This is not a short term project as you can see I have been working on it already for two years (although only seriously since mid 2012).

The Species List (ordered to fit page sorry):

 

1Red-eyed damselfly [Erythromma najas]11Southern Hawker [Aeshna cyanea]
2 Small red-eyed damselfly [Erythromma viridulum] 12 Azure Damselfly [Coenagrion puella]
3 Common Blue Damselfly [Enallagma cyathigerum] 13 Emperor Dragonfly [Anax imperator]
4 Banded Demoiselle [Calopteryx splendens] 14 Brown Hawker [Aeshna grandis]
5 Large Red-Damselfly [Pyrrhosoma nymphula] 15 Migrant Hawker [Aeshna mixta]
6 Broad-bodied Chaser [Libellula depressa] 16 Emerald Dragonfly [Lestes sponsa]
7 Black-tailed Skimmer [Orthetrum cancellatum] 17 Hairy dragonfly [Brachytron pratense]
8 Blue-tailed damselfly [Ischnura elegans] 18 Common Darter [Sympetrum striolatum]
9 Four spot chaser [Libellula quadrimaculata] 19 Ruddy Darter [Sympetrum sanguineum]
10White-legged damselfly [Platycnemis pennipes]

The Photographs


So here are the photos I have taken for this project so far:

Red-Eyed Damselfly


Red-Eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas) photographed at Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes (2014)
Red-Eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas) photographed at Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes (2014)

Small Red-Eyed Damselfly


NONE

Common Blue Damselfly


Male Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) photographed in Stonepit Park, Milton Keynes, 2012
Male Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) photographed in Stonepit Park, Milton Keynes, 2012

Male Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) photographed in Stonepit Park, Milton Keynes, 2012
Male Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) photographed in Stonepit Park, Milton Keynes, 2012

Common Blue Damselfly Female (Enallagma cyathigerum) photographed in Stonepit Park, Milton Keynes (2012)
Common Blue Damselfly Female (Enallagma cyathigerum) photographed in Stonepit Park, Milton Keynes (2012)


Banded Demoiselle

 

Male Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Willen Lake 2013
Male Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Willen Lake, Milton Keynes, 2013

Female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Willen Lake 2013
Female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Willen Lake, Milton Keynes, 2013

Banded Demoiselle Female (Calopteryx splendens) photographed by the river Ouse in Old Wolverton Milton Keynes (2012)
Banded Demoiselle Female (Calopteryx splendens) photographed by the river Ouse in Old Wolverton Milton Keynes
(2012)
Beautiful Demoiselle
None

Emperor Dragonfly


Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) Photographed in Loughton Valley Park, Milton keynes (2014)
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) Photographed in Loughton Valley Park, Milton keynes (2014)

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) Photographed in Loughton Valley Park, Milton keynes (2014)
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) Photographed in Loughton Valley Park, Milton keynes (2014)

Broad-bodied Chaser


Broad-Bodied Chaser Male (Libellula depressa) photographed in Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)
Broad-Bodied Chaser Male (Libellula depressa)
photographed in Linford Wood, Milton Keynes (2012)
Broad-Bodied Chaser (Male) (Libellula depressa) Photographed in Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Broad-Bodied Chaser (Male) (Libellula depressa) Photographed in Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)


Black-Tailed Skimmer


Black-Tailed Skimmer  (Orthetrum cancellatum) female - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Black-Tailed Skimmer  (Orthetrum cancellatum) female - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Black-Tailed Skimmer  (Orthetrum cancellatum) Immature Male- Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)
Black-Tailed Skimmer  (Orthetrum cancellatum) Immature Male- Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes (2014)


Common Darter


Male Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Photographed Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes, 2012
Male Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Photographed Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes, 2012

Female Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), photographed Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, 2012
Female Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum), photographed Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, 2012


Ruddy Darter


Male Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum), photographed Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes, 2012
Male Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum), photographed Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes, 2012


Brown Hawker


Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) - Manor Farm, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, 2015

Southern Hawker


Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea), close up of head, photographed Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, 2012
Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea), close up of head, photographed Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, 2012

Female Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea), at rest, photographed, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, 2012
Female Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea), at rest, photographed, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, 2012

Male Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) in flight in Linford Wood, Milton Keynes, 2012
Male Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) in flight in Linford Wood, Milton Keynes, 2012

Azure Damselfly


Male Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), Photographed, Linford Wood, Milton Keynes, 2011
Male Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella), Photographed, Linford Wood, Milton Keynes, 2011
Azure Damselfly, female (Coenagrion puella), Photographed, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, 2013
Azure Damselfly, female (Coenagrion puella), Photographed, Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes, 2013

Blue-tailed Damselfly


Blue-tailed Damselfly male (Ischnura elegans) at rest, photographed on lodge lake 2013
Blue-tailed Damselfly male (Ischnura elegans) at rest, photographed on lodge lake, Milton Keynes, 2013

Blue-tailed Damselfly female of the rufescens colour form (Ischnura elegans) at rest, photographed on lodge lake, Milton Keynes, 2013
Blue-tailed Damselfly female of the rufescens colour
form (Ischnura elegans) at rest, 
photographed on lodge lake, Milton Keynes, 2013

White-Legged Damselfly


White-Legged Damselfly Male (Platycnemis pennipes) - Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes (2014)
White-Legged Damselfly Male (Platycnemis pennipes) - Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes (2014)

White-Legged Damselfly Male (Platycnemis pennipes) - Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes (2014)
White-Legged Damselfly Male (Platycnemis pennipes) - Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes (2014)

White-Legged Damselfly female (Platycnemis pennipes) - Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes (2014)
White-Legged Damselfly female (Platycnemis pennipes) - Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes (2014)

White-Legged Damselfly Immature (Platycnemis pennipes) - Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes (2014)
White-Legged Damselfly Immature (Platycnemis pennipes) - Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes (2014)

Migrant Hawker


Migrant Hawker Male (Aeshna mixta) photographed in Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes, 2012
Migrant Hawker Male (Aeshna mixta) photographed in Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes, 2012

Male Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta), Photographed, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes 2012.
Male Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta),
Photographed, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes 2012.

Female Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta), Photographed Linford Wood, Milton Keynes, 2012
Female Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta), Photographed Linford Wood, Milton Keynes, 2012

Emerald Damselfly


Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) - male, photographed in Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes, 2015


Hairy Dragonfly


Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense), Photographed in Bancroft Park, Milton Keynes, 2014
Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense), Photographed in Bancroft Park, Milton Keynes, 2014


Four-Spot Chaser


Four-Spot Chaser Male (Libellula quadrimaculata) Photographed in Loughton Valley, Milton Keynes 2013
Four-Spot Chaser Male (Libellula quadrimaculata) Photographed in Loughton Valley, Milton Keynes 2013


Large Red Damselfly


Large Red Damselfly, Male (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Photographed Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes 2013
Large Red Damselfly, Male (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Photographed Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes 2013

Large Red Damselfly, female (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Photographed Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes 2013
Large Red Damselfly, female (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Photographed Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes 2013

These are a select few photos of each species (where I have any) but more of my Dragonfly images can be seen in my Dragonfly Set on Flickr, and I will be adding more here as and when I manage to capture them in a good enough photo (I do have a few of emerald damselfly, Emperor Dragonfly and Brown Hawker but they are just record shots not something I would be happy to share) Any I see and photograph on my walks will obviously also appear in the blog post for that day. You can also purchase some of my dragonfly photos from my store on Red bubble - Dragonflies

Beyond those listed there are several that may occur as immigrants/migrants or are possibly heading our way, If I am ever lucky enough to see one of these I will add them here but until then these few remain a pipe dream: Variable Damselfly, Scarce Chaser, Yellow-winged Darter and Red-veined Darter (the latter two have been recorded but are far from regular).

Flight Times.


With dragonflies it is important to know when to look and so I devised the below chart to help me with this:

 
Milton Keynes Dragonfly Flight Dates
Milton Keynes Dragonfly Flight Dates (click for larger version)

Site Locations

Below is my confirmed site guide to Milton Keynes Dragonflies (I'm sure other areas will have some and I may have missed some from certain sites but these are confirmed). All this information is already available in the public domain so I'm not putting anything sensitive out there.

Milton Keynes Dragonfly site guide
Milton Keynes Dragonfly site guide (click for a larger version)


If you would like to read my advice on photographing Dragonflies here is the link - Photographing Dragonflies and Damselflies. - Happy to hear other peoples tips or if I have missed anything.

I normally use the photographic guide, Britain’s Dragonflies - Wildguides to identify my dragonflies, damselflies, darters and their kin, please take a look at my review of the book, I find it an invaluable resource for knowing what I am looking at.


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