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Common Winter Damselfly

Observed: 14th September 2011 By: BruceHBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in Invertebrates
Common Winter Damselfly - Sympecma fusca 14-09-2011 12-02-23
Common Winter Damselfly - Sympecma fusca 14-09-2011 12-02-23 1
Description:

On river bank

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

RoyW's picture

Winter Damselflies.

Sympecma species are part of the Lestidae family, so are Emeralds. There is no need to include 'Emerald' as part of the English name though (including it makes the name longer and more cumbersome), and if it is left out it is perhaps more obvious that 'Winter Damselflies' are different from the 'Emerald Damselflies' (Lestes species).

BruceH's picture

White Featherleg

Many thanks, Roy. It is surprisingly hard to identify some examples, despite the wealth of information in Dijkstra.

Bruce

RoyW's picture

It gets easier!

As with anything else, it gets easier with experience. Sometimes features don't seem obvious until someone points them out (even though they may be mentioned in a field guide).
Once you get to know some of the man features of a family you will start to identify them without even really thinking about it. Although it is not something that you can see in a photo, Platycnemis species can usually be picked out just by the way they fly once you get to know them (very 'bouncy' flight) - other details just become confirmation, and a way to tell the different species apart if you are in southern Europe.

Keep trying and it won't be too long before you find more of your IDs are being agreed with that corrected!

BruceH's picture

Hanging in

I am finding the difficulty in ID fascinating, and will certainly hang in there as I learn more. Your advice in correcting my mis-identifications is really helpful.

It can't get easier soon enough!!

Bruce