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Image Taken on 21 May 2014 at 12:18    Image of day on 25 Jul 2014

The warmest pond had a scattering of Azure Damselflies laying eggs in the pond weed. The female is on the floating fibre. The segments of the abdomen hinge without any ill-effects.


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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 12:32    Image of day on 13 Jul 2010

Azure damselflies are mating and laying in all the warm ponds. Here a pair 'in wheel' on an Flag iris frond - the dominant marginal plant in the main pond.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 14:34    Image of day on 01 Jun 2011

The first damselflies of the year have made their appearance


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Image Taken on 22 May 2010 at 16:18    Image of day on 02 Jul 2010

The Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) suddenly appeared on Sat 22nd May so out came the insects in flight kit for some pics. This is an Azure Damselfly immature (weak coloured) male.


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Image Taken on 25 May 2009 at 16:13    Image of day on 23 Jun 2009

Most blue damselflies here are the Azure species - a beautiful rich blue.


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2009 at 13:14    Image of day on 17 Oct 2009




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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2009 at 13:12    Image of day on 17 Oct 2009

What seems to be a new emergence Azure Damselfly was flying along the bank of the pond and 'came in' for a 10 minute photo shoot.


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Image Taken on 28 May 2012 at 13:23    Image of day on 29 Jun 2012

Here is our much more numerous blue damselfly - the Azure Damselfly.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2009 at 14:41    Image of day on 06 Jul 2009

A common site at almost any decent wildlife pond is pairs of Azure Azure Damselflies mating.
In August 2007 we pictured them in 'Wheel' position as the male transfers his sperm to the female (male to the left arching over the female):-


This year we picture them in 'Tandem'. The male is on the right and they can fly in this position.


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Image Taken on 28 Jul 2007 at 11:20    Image of day on 23 Aug 2007

A pair of Damselflies mating on a lily frond. See image for 17 Aug 2007 for Dragonflies in similar position.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2009 at 15:46    Image of day on 06 Jul 2009

The final act - the female depositing eggs onto pond weeds.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2013 at 12:56    Image of day on 22 Jul 2013

A pair of Azure Damselflies laying eggs in the main pond. The female (lower) is ovipositing on a fallen stem below the water surface, as you can see from the floating duckweed.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2016 at 14:38    Image of day on 17 Jul 2016

A pair of Azure damselflies mating on a Hop Sedge leaf at the duck shaped pond. The male is blue. Odonata mating is interesting and worth looking up on the WWW.


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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2006 at 18:14    Image of day on 20 Jul 2006

We often seen the (blue) male Banded Agrion flitting about but we spotted the iridescent (green) female for the first time and were lucky to see them together. (We could not get them both in focus at the same time - so this is an 'honest composite' of the pair overlaid with separate individual images from the same sequence).


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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2006 at 18:19    Image of day on 21 Jul 2006

The female Banded Agrion perched high in the hedge.


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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2006 at 18:12    Image of day on 22 Jul 2006

The male Banded Agrion perched in the hedge.


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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2018 at 16:40    Image of day on 18 Aug 2018

A female banded Demoiselle Damselfly perched elegantly on a leaf tip. The female has no 'bands' on the wings, and almost clear wings - here you are looking through 4 wings and it is still only a light brown.


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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2014 at 10:09    Image of day on 18 Sep 2014

This female Banded Demoiselle damselfly is substantially smaller than we are used to seeing. These insects can only metamorphose to the same weight of insect they reached as Nymphs - they don't grow as adults.
This montage at about 7 fps has been stretched horizontally to remove overlaps.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2010 at 15:00    Image of day on 30 Aug 2010

This Female Banded Demoiselle (females do not have the wing bands) was our guest for a few pics. The first is a 'head and wing' view of the underneath of the insect flying nearly straight upwards. The twist of their wings in flight is very evident as are the green eyes.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2010 at 15:01    Image of day on 30 Aug 2010

And how she might appear in flight if your eyes could capture an image at the approximately 0.03 mS flash duration.


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