Welcome to Stockport's collection of Dragonflies, Damselflies & Lacewings

Female Southern Hawker Dragonfly
(Aeshna cyanea)
A Common Dragonfly in Stockport and seen in lots of green spaces. This wonderful photo was provided by Steven Kelly at Abney Hall Park.

Male Southern Hawker
(Aeshna cyanea)
The southern hawker or blue hawker (Aeshna cyanea) is a 70 millimetres (2.8 in) long species of hawker dragonfly. Thanks to Ken Grainger for this wonderful capture.

Azure Blue Damselfly
(Coenagrion puella)
This lovely specimen of a male Azure Blue Damselfly was provided by Michael Anthony Brathwaite, taken at Abney Hall Park.

broad-bodied chaser Male
(Libellula depressa)
A fine capture by the Abney man himself Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

broad-bodied chaser female
(Libellula depressa)
As above but the female, also from Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Banded Demoiselle Male
(Calopteryx splendens)
Abney Hall was responsible for this fine example of a Damselfly with Michael Anthony Brathwaite behind the camera.

Banded Demoiselle Female
(Calopteryx splendens)
Again a big thanks to Michael Anthony Brathwaite for this female specimen of a damselfly.

Green Lacewing
(Chrysopa perla)
This beautiful creature was captured at Abney Hall Park by Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Four Spotted Chaser
(Libellula quadrimaculata)
The four-spotted chaser, known in North America as the four-spotted skimmer, is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. A beautiful sample provided by Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Emperor Dragonfly Male
(Anax imperator)
The emperor dragonfly or blue emperor, is a large species of hawker dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae. Well captured by Michael Anthony Brathwaite at Abney Hall.

Emperor Dragonfly Female
(Anax imperator)
As above but the female, seen here laying her eggs. Captured again at Abney Hall by michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Large Red Damselfly Male
(Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
Yet another fine addition to this page is this male Large Red Damselfly, provided once again by the Abney man himself Michael Anthony Brathwaite.

Large Red Damselfly Female
(Immature) Thanks again to Michael Anthony Brathwaite for this Abney specimen.

Common blue damselfly Female (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Damselflies never disappoint, as this beautiful female demonstrates. Thanks to Michael Anthony Brathwaite for this capture.

Common Darter Female
(Sympetrum striolatum)
The common darter (Sympetrum striolatum) is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae native to Eurasia. Thanks to Michael Anthony Brathwaite for this capture.

Common Darter Male
(Sympetrum striolatum)
It seems the dragonflies love posing for Michael Anthony Brathwaite at Abney and we are so greatful.

Brown Hawker Female
(Aeshna grandis)
The brown hawker is a large dragonfly about 73 millimetres (2.9 in) long. Yet another great capture from Michael Anthony Brathwaite is this female whilst laying her eggs at Abney Hall.

Blue-tailed damselfly
The blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans) is a European damselfly, and seen here is a male. Once again a fine capture by John Holme at Reddish Vale Country Park.

Black Darter Dragonfly (male)
(Sympetrum danae)
   The black darter or black meadowhawk is a dragonfly found in northern Europe, Asia, and North America. Thanks goes to Michael Anthony Brathwaite for capturing this at Abney Hall.

Another stunning capture of the Black Darter to be had by Michael Anthony Brathwaite, only this time a female obliged.