The first county sighting for this increasingly common U.K.
species was made by Mike Inskip on 15th July 2011 near
Morton Bagot. He saw a single male hawking that eventually perched
feed on a moth. This allowed close examination of the individual.
eventually flew off and was not seen again. There was another
in the Midlands on the previous day in
Staffordshire suggesting it was part of a wider influx.
A second sighting was made on 6th
August 2013 once again by Mike Inskip. He reported a male specimen
Morton Bagot. This is particularly remarkable for in July
2011 Mike made the First County Record for the species less than 2
miles from this sighting.
The following day Kay and Peter Reeve joined Mike for a
revisit to the site and were treated to many views of the insect
patrolling the pool. It flew about 2 feet above the water along a
triangular course, about 100 to 200 feet along two banks following
corner and completing the triangle across the open water. When
following the pool edge it flew from about 3 or 4 feet to 10 to 20
from the bank. It continued its patrolling for about half-an-hour.
It is interesting to note it left when an Emperor Dragonfly took
its space. It is said that Emperor Dragonflies will drive Lesser
Emperors away ("Field Guide to
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland",
Brooks, ed.) though we saw no interaction between them.
It was flying very fast and was very difficult to photograph. The
on this page shows the very distinctive bright
blue saddle and green eyes.