Mayford Heritage Pond

 Dragonflies

For such a small, fairly isolated site, the pond has to date attracted 13 species of this beautiful insect, of which 9 have been observed laying eggs.

The most obvious of these are the electric blue Broad-bodied Chaser that tears around the pond like a spitfire, and Britainís largest dragonfly, the Emperor.

Also present are the bright red Common and Ruddy Darters, Brown and Southern Hawkers, and several damselflies such as Azure, Blue-tailed, Large Red, and Red-eyed.  The lucky visitor may even find a Banded Demoiselle.

Dragonflies were once known as Horse Stingers due to their fearsome appearance, and Damselflies were the Devilís Darning-needles because of their brightly-coloured thin bodies.
 

English Name Scientific Name National Status Comments
Beautiful Damoiselle Calopteryx virgo Common Rare visitor
Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens Common Occasional visitor
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula Common Breeding
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella Common Breeding
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans Common Breeding
Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum Common Breeding
Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas Local Occasional visitor
Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea Common Breeding
Brown Hawker Aeshna cyanea Common Visitor
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta    
Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator Common Breeding
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa Common Breeding
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum Common Breeding
Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum Local Breeding