With the onset of sunnier and warmer days (it's about time!) the Damselflies and Dragonflies have begun their annual immergence. A couple of days ago I went down to the riverside to see what I could find....
Large Red Damselfly (male)
Common Blue Damselfly (male)
Common Blue Damselfly (female) The pale colour and the not yet fully hardened wings show that this is a newly emerged specimen. The spine under section S8 of the abdomen also denotes that this is a female.
Blue-tailed Damselfly (female) The female can be one of five different colour forms...this is a rufescens colour form.
Azure Damselfly (male)
Banded Demoiselle...one of the more striking looking Damselflies! These were out in good numbers with the males constantly patrolling back and forth along the tops of the riverside vegetation looking for avaliable females and having the occasional altercation with any other male that came within close range.
I don't know if this male was protecting the bug as a future meal or if it was just coincidence that they happened to settle in the same place!
This was the only Dragonfly species that I managed to see and I found four of these newly emerging Scarce Chasers. Three flew high up into the overhanging tree branches where they could wait for their wings to harden off, luckily this one stayed low on a Reed stem and posed for a photo call! You can see that it's wings still have creases and wrinkles in them and are not yet fully hardened.