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Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Scarce Emerald
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Common darter

Wat Tyler Country Park is a great site for dragonflies and damselflies, with 22 species recorded.  In 2010 a southern emerald damselfly was found in the park, the first recorded for Essex, and another in 2011.  Also in 2011, a female Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonfly turned up, and in 2012 and 2013 good numbers of Southern Migrant Hawker were seen and even higher numbers seen in 2015. 

Small red eyed damselflies were spotted in 2012 and a Willow emerald in 2015.

Below is a list of all 20 species of Dragonfly and Damselfly recorded in the park:

Lestes sponsa - Emerald Damselfly
Lestes dryas - Scarce Emerald Damselfly
Lestes barbarus - Southern Emerald Damselfly
Chalcolestes viridis - Willow Emerald Damselfly
Calopteryx splendens - Banded Demoiselle
Pyrrhosoma nymphula - Large Red Damselfly
Erythromma najas - Red-eyed Damselfly
Erythromma viridulum - Small Red-eyed Damselfly
Coenagrion puella - Azure Damselfly
Enallagma cyathigerum - Common Blue Damselfly
Ischnura elegans - Blue-tailed Damselfly
Aeshna mixta - Migrant Hawker
Aeshna cyanaea - Southern Hawker
Aeshna affinis - Southern Migrant Hawker
Aeshna grandis - Brown Hawker
Anax imperator - Emperor Dragonfly
Brachytron pratense - Hairy Dragonfly
Libellula quadrimaculata - Four-spotted Chaser
Libellula depressa - Broad-bodied Chaser
Orthetrum cancellatum - Black-tailed Skimmer
Sympetrum striolatum - Common Darter
Sympetrum sanguineum - Ruddy Darter

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