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Dragonflies you might see on Hartlebury Common and Hillditch Pool
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The total number of species recorded since 1947 for the whole common is now 23 which is a very respectable total for a midland county. On the east side of the common, lies Hillditch Pool which is a very different habitat to the rest of the Common being an on-stream pool. Here the flow is permanent and the only issues might be water quality.

At Hillditch Pool, 18 species have now been recorded (see table below)

Hillditch Pool

All records

 

    First Record

     Last record

1

1990

2012

Beautiful Demoiselle

Calopteryx virgo

2

2001

2012

Banded Demoiselle

Calopteryx splendens

3

1953

2012

Large Red Damselfly

Pyrrhosoma nymphula

4

1957

2012

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Ischnura elegans

5

1949

2012

Common Blue Damselfly

Enallagma cyathigerum

6

1953

2012

Azure Damselfly

Coenagrion puella

7

2006

2012

Red-eyed Damselfly

Erythromma najas

8

1949

1951

Common Hawker

Aeshna juncea

9

1952

2009

Brown Hawker

Aeshna grandis

10

1949

2009

Southern Hawker

Aeshna cyanea

11

1983

2009

Migrant Hawker

Aeshna mixta

12

1991

2012

Emperor Dragonfly

Anax imperator

13

2006

2006

Broad-bodied Chaser

Libellula depressa

14

1993

2012

Four-spotted Chaser

Libellula quadrimaculata

15

2012

2012

Scarce Chaser

Libellula fulva

16

1949

2009

Common Darter

Sympetrum striolatum

17

1995

1995

Yellow-winged Darter

Sympetrum flaveolum

18

1992

2008

Ruddy Darter

Sympetrum sanguineum

 

Out of this list there are two species which are unlikely to occur regularly and those are the Common Hawker and Yellow-winged Darter. The first one is a typical heathland species and probably came from the bog area when it held water back in the 1950ís, while the second species was part of an influx from the continent which occurred in 1995. All the other species are likely to occur and in addition the Black Tailed Skimmer should be seen as well as the White legged Damselfly which is nearby on the River Severn.