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First Downy Emerald

Observed: 27th April 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates

There are precious few sightings of Downy Emerald dragonflies in Bedfordshire, so when one happens to alight right in front of you and poses for about an hour for the camera, you tend to get pretty excited. I've never seen one before so I was captivated. I suspect this was not long emerged - it's certainly immature 'cos the eyes are still brown. With the lack of waisting on the abdomen, I think it is a female.
As stunning as this creature is, it isn't perfect. There seems to be a blemish on that fabulous metallic green abdomen (lower right) and the right hind-wing has a blemish and is not symmetrical with the left hind wing.

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Not just a rare county record, an early individual as well.

A very interesting record - I'm not aware of any nearby locations for this species, perhaps one that has wandered a considerable distance, or perhaps there is an unknown colony nearby?
The Bedfordshire recorders will certainly be interested in this if you haven't already been in contact with them.

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Welcome back, Roy, and welcome to the new season. :)

I joined the Beds NHS this year and I have submitted this sighting (along with a few others). I felt very honoured and had to drag myself away from it. That took me about 30 minutes! :))