Roy Lowry

Roy Lowry

Posted on 05/29/2014


Photo taken on May 26, 2014



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damselfly
Burton Mere Wetlands
Ischnura elegans
female
rufescens-obselata
blue-tailed damselfly
Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2x


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Blue-tailed Damselfly Female

Blue-tailed Damselfly Female
I thought this was a juvenile female red-eyed damselfly visiting a lily pad on Burton Mere because of the attention she was getting from the male red-eyes, but was coming to realise from some other shots taken since and identified by the British Dragonfly Society that this wasn't the case. This is confirmed by tarboat's comment.

The variability of these insects amazes me. I have shots of them with blue tails, without blue tails and with thorax colours ranging from violet through bright pink to tan. The shots aren't perfect (heads in focus, tails not), but if I'll post them anyway if I can't get any better ones in the coming week just to show how variable these insects are.

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6 comments - The latest ones
Gwen Dawes
Gwen Dawes
Cracking shot, Roy!
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Gwen Dawes
Many thanks Gwen.
3 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Nature Lovers
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to Stanley Sutton
Thanks Stanley.
3 years ago.
tarboat
tarboat
Hi Roy, this is a female Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans, form rufescens-obsoleta.) There are a number of different colour forms of this species. See brocross.com/dfly/species/elegan.htm .
3 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to tarboat
Many thanks. My ID was based on the fact that I have never seen a female red-eye and there were four or five red-eye males paying her very close attention. I have just had another shot from Burton identified by BDS as a blue-tailed female and was coming to realise that this was the same insect.
3 years ago.