Submitted by AJ Cann on Mon, 16/05/2022 - 11:51
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Leicestershire and Rutland

A new report updates the status & distribution of all species of dragonfly & damselfly across Leicestershire & Rutland. More...

There has been an increase in Odonata recording in VC55 over the last two years with c3000 records per annum submitted, compared to c2000 records per annum in the five previous recording years. Following on from the previous version of this checklist, the increase in recording effort has facilitated the mapping of some significant changes in the distribution of all three of our recent arrivals, plus several other species.

Of particular note are:

  • The continuing expansion northwards of Beautiful Demoiselle, along the rivers Welland, Avon and Swift, plus several smaller tributary streams, and significantly onto a tributary of the River Soar. 
  • The Scarce Chaser, which is now well recorded along the River Welland, revealing a somewhat patchy distribution aligned to suitable broad and slow-flowing stretches of the river. 
  • The most significant change in species distribution since the publication of the 2020 checklist is the expansion of Willow Emerald Damselfly and in particular its range extension westward in 2021. 
  • The continued range expansion of Small Red-eyed Damselfly and Hairy Dragonfly is also worthy of note, both being relative new additions to VC55. 

Ian Merrill: Status and Distribution of Dragonflies and Damselflies of Leicestershire and Rutland. April 2022: https://www.naturespot.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/VC55%20Odonata%20Checklist%20-%20April%202022.pdf