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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 11

Image Taken on 13 Jun 2020 at 15:46    Image of day on 22 Jul 2020

When in flight these 'Drab' Common Blue Damselflies look almost like flying ghosts.


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Image Taken on 24 May 2007 at 16:36    Image of day on 10 Jun 2007

There are a number of damselfly species (smallest members of the Dragonfly family) around. Expert opinion suggests this is an Azure Damselfly Female of the green persuasion, rather than our identification in the filename with (Q) to indicate '?' - unsure.


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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2022 at 09:50    Image of day on 01 Sep 2022

A female Common Blue Damselfly in the so called 'Drab' or 'Common' form.


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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2017 at 08:50    Image of day on 12 Aug 2017

The female Common Blue damselfly comes in both a single 'Blue' form and in two 'Drab' forms that gradually change with maturity. This is the drab form of the immature female Common Blue damselfly.
It's unusual to spot damselflies unless they move, but this one was on a sprout from a bit low boundary hedge but the light was too poor for a decent photo. It was quite cold and the insect looked somnolent. On a whim next morning a check showed that she was still there, and here she is decently lit.


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Image Taken on 06 Jun 2018 at 15:03    Image of day on 17 Jul 2018

The Common Blue Damselflies continue to decorate the weeds. This is one of the 3 forms that the female can take - called either 'Typical' or 'Drab' according to which reference book.


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2011 at 10:40    Image of day on 08 Aug 2011

In the corner of our plot often plagued by midges we saw this immature Common Blue damselfly (not a regular species here) which has caught a midge and is chewing it.


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2011 at 10:40    Image of day on 08 Aug 2011

Another frame provides more detail at the 'business end'


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2017 at 08:35    Image of day on 12 Aug 2017

The female Common Blue damselfly comes in both a single 'Blue' form and in two 'Drab' forms that gradually change with maturity. This is the drab form of the mature female Common Blue damselfly.


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2019 at 10:55    Image of day on 29 Sep 2019

This Common Blue Damselfly is sucking the juices from some sort of Midge that she has just caught. In the insert you can see the legs of the prey below the damselfly's eyes.


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Image Taken on 01 Jul 2022 at 15:50    Image of day on 20 Aug 2022

A male Common Blue Damselfly delicately perches on a dead grass stem. In recent years Azure Damselflies dominated the Damselfly population, but this year it is about 50-50 Common and Azure.


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Image Taken on 31 Jul 2017 at 10:58    Image of day on 15 Sep 2017

On warm parts of days we get to see several Common Blue Damselflies in among the taller plants in the meadow. This is a mature male.


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Image Taken on 24 May 2020 at 10:03    Image of day on 23 Jun 2020

A male common blue Damselfly warming himself in the sunshine.


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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2019 at 14:11    Image of day on 25 Aug 2019

A male Common Blue Damselfly sunning himself on a grass stem. The 'Blue' is that of a mature male. Really almost Cyan.


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2013 at 15:05    Image of day on 23 Aug 2013

This 3 cm long male Common Blue Damselfly is photographed soon after emergence from a nearby pond. It will change colour as it matures.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2022 at 18:14    Image of day on 20 Aug 2022

Damselflies go through several appearances after emergence from 'teneral' (newly emerged) to 'over-mature', each species following it's pattern and timescale. This one is a male Common Blue Damselfly but yet to develop the blue colour along the middle abdominal segments.


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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2019 at 16:08    Image of day on 11 Sep 2019

This immature male Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a blackberry cluster. A heat-wave has produced an air temperature of about 36c and the insect does not need to warm itself in the blazing sun.


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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2019 at 16:09    Image of day on 11 Sep 2019

This immature male Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a blackberry stem. A heat-wave has produced an air temperature of about 36c and the insect does not need to warm itself in the blazing sun.


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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2012 at 17:35    Image of day on 07 Aug 2012

Dragonfly species change dramatically during their lives - you really need a whole book on the subject to work out what is what. Despite the colour this is a young male Common Blue damselfly. You don't need a book to enjoy them though!


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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2018 at 12:52    Image of day on 17 Jul 2018

A male Common Blue Damselfly warming in the sun will soon be off looking for a girl! Unlike the females, the males have just this one form.


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2017 at 08:33    Image of day on 12 Aug 2017

The Common Blue Damselflies have arrived. This is a male.


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