Dragonflies of Northamptonshire


12 species of Dragonfly regularly found in Northamptonshire

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens
Locally common
Habitat: Clean rivers and streams

River Nene at Yarwell, British Dragonfly Museum at Ashton
Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa
Common
Habitat: Still water, lakes and reservoirs with plenty of vegetation

Pitsford Reservoir
Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas
Locally common
Habitat: Still or slow moving water, reservoirs, lakes, canals and rivers
Lands on floating vegetation
British Dragonfly Museum at Ashton
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella
Common
Habitat: Still water

Often the first damselfly to appear in numbers
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans
Very common
Habitat: Ponds, lakes, streams and reservoirs
Tolerant of small amounts of pollution
Common in most wetland habitats
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta
Common
Habitat: Still waters but can be seen in most habitats

Large numbers can be seen hunting along woodland rides in Sept
Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea
Common
Habitat: Ponds, lakes and canals and woodland rides

Regularly seen patrolling woodland rides
Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis
Common
Habitat: Well-vegetated ponds, lakes and canals
Distinctive bronze wings
Can be seen in most habitats and easily identified in flight
Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata
Locally common
Habitat: Ponds and canals

British Dragonfly Museum at Ashton
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa
Locally common
Habitat: Ponds and canals


Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum
Locally common
Habitat: Ponds, canals and rivers
Regularly perches on the ground
River Nene
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum
Very Common
Habitat: Ponds and lakes
Regularly perches on the ground