2018 flight season now underway
Despite the cold weather at the beginning of April, the first Large Red Damselflies were flying in Hertfordshire before the end of the month (with the first reported at Rye Meads NR on April 20th), and the first Hairy Dragonfly was on the wing early in May (at Amwell NR on May 8th).
At the time that I am writing this, May 13th, I have seen reports of four species of damselfly and two species of dragonfly flying in the county so far this year:
Large Red Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly and Broad-bodied Chaser.
I have no doubt that the first individuals of a few other species will also already have emerged someone in Hertfordshire, and more species will be flying as the month progresses.
Please submit records of any dragonflies and damselflies that you see, including common species, using the record submission form on the HNHS website (http://www.hnhs.org/submit/dragonflies-and-damselflies), via iRecord, or by email to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org