Hainault Forest Website

Dragonflies and Damselflies   





With many thanks to Roy Woodward, of Hertfordshire. British Dragonfly Society for pointing out some errors in identification



Large red damselfly

Blue tailed damselfly

Common blue damselfly

Azure damselfly

Migrant hawker

Southern hawker

Brown hawker

Emperor dragonfly

Broad bodied chaser

Black tailed skimmer

Common darter

Ruddy darter

Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Ischnura elegans

Enallagma cyathigera

Coenagrion puella

Aeshna mixta

Aeshna cyanea

Aeshna grandis

Anax imperator

Libellula depressa

Orthetrum cancellatum

Sympetrum striolatum

Sympetrum sanguineum


Emperor dragonfly Anax imperator female egg laying in Wildlife garden pond 20th July 2010. Also seen at Roe's well.

Immature Southern Hawker Dragonfly Aeshna cyanea resting on nettles. Photo Michael Rumble. Identified by Andrew McGeeney.

Migrant hawker male Aeshna mixta Vic George 1984

Migrant hawker male Aeshna mixta.

Brown Hawker male Aeshna grandis.

Ruddy darter Sympetrum sanguineum

Male Common darter Sympetrum striolatum, found 10th September 2011 by the large Golf Course Pond., Hainault Forest Several pairs were seen egg laying here. Photo Michael Rumble

Broad bodied chaser male in Wildlife garden, by pond. 23rd June 2010

Broad bodied chaser female on ash twig Roes Well. 27th May 2005

Broad bodied chaser females possibly egg laying at new cattle pond on Woodland Trust's Havering Park farm extension. Photo Sarah White.

Broad bodied chaser (female)   Photo Iris Newbery

Black-tailed Skimmer male on stone at Lake edge.

Photo Ron Andrews

Immature Black-tailed Skimmer female resting on nettle.

Photo Iris Newbery

Common blue pair in tandem Enallagma cyathigerum  Lake 20th July 2006

Azure damselfly pair mating in wheel position. Roes well 15 Aug 2011

Male azure damselfly Coenagrion puella Roes well 15th August 2011

Blue tailed damselfly Ischnura elegans pair mating in wheel position

Azure damselfly  Coenagrion puella  pair in tandem. 17th June 2012  Sheepwater. Photo Michael Rumble

Azure damselfly Coenagrion puella pair in tandem.  Photograph Michael Rumble 10th July 2012

Note the drinking glass in the male arrowed, and the wine glass in the female arrowed.

BLUE-TAILED DAMSELFLY female Ischnura elegans  

Photo: Iris Newbery

Ruddy darter dragonfly compound eye. Lake.  22nd July 2012 Michael Rumble

Large red damselfly male Pyrrhosoma nymphula 21st June 2012

Michael Rumble

Large red damselfly  Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large red damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula 21st June 2012

Michael Rumble


Aquatic Nymphs


Left: Long bodied DRAGONFLY LARVA,   Hawker type.   Occur in all the forest ponds. They are carnivorous. July 2004. Sheepwater.

Middle: Short bodied DRAGONFLY LARVA Libellulid type - Darter. Photo: May 1998.

Right: DAMSELFLY LARVA,  Zygoptera. Distinguished from all other aquatic larvae by the three leaf-like tracheal appendages or "gills". Predatory, often lurking among water plants awaiting prey. Photo: May 1998 Several species of Damselfly occur in the forest ponds. 











CHASER larval shape - 

6th August 2010 in Wildlife Garden pond.

Broad-bodied chasers often seen here.