The Reserve can be a good place to see dragonflies and damselflies, especially from May to September. The following species have been recorded on the reserve:

Four-Spotted Chasers
Libellula quadrimaculata – usually seen from mid May to the end of August.


Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum – usually seen from mid June to the end of October.


Common Hawker Aeshna juncea – usually seen from mid June to October.


Hairy Hawker
Brachytron pratense – usually seen early May to mid July.


Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator – usually seen early June to late August.


Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum – usually seen late May to August.


Common Blue Damselfly
Enallagma cyathigerum – usually seen May to the end of August.


Large Red Damselfly
Pyrrhosoma nymphula Рusually seen  late April to August.


Variable Damselfly
Coenagrion pulchellum – usually seen May to the end of August.


Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella – usually seen between May and August.


For further information on Irish dragon/damselflies check out Dragonfly Ireland

If you have any records of a dragonfly or damselfly species at Cuskinny please send them to: