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Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

Observed: 8th June 2011 By: CandlesnuffCandlesnuff’s reputation in InvertebratesCandlesnuff’s reputation in InvertebratesCandlesnuff’s reputation in Invertebrates
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
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The male is a slim damselfly with an almost all black upper surface to both the abdomen and thorax. The thorax has two fine blue strips. The eighth segment of the abdomen is all blue. The black of the remainder of the abdomen is broken only by a fine light line at each abdominal segment joint. The flanks of the thorax are sky blue. Sexually immature males vary in colour. The ultimately blue areas of the thorax starting off grey / green and abdominal segment 8 grey / violet.

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If only larvae were as easy

If only larvae were as easy to identify! Not that adults are always easy but definitly easier than larvae I think! I've got loads of larvae waiting to be identified from a pond survey carried out last year. We've done most of the other inverts but keep avoiding the odonata as they are too tricky!

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Larvae

Have a look at my website, you will find a larvae section which might help you, regards Chris.

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Thankyou very much! Looks

Thankyou very much! Looks like it could be useful. So many books seem to deal only with adults and I'm never sure how reliable most internet sources are!