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Damselfly

Observed: 1st July 2012 By: Peter Orchard
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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chrisbrooks's picture

Tail shot

Do you have a shot of the tail that you could add ?

Peter Orchard's picture

Hope this full length one

Hope this full length one helps.

chrisbrooks's picture

Azure / Variable

I thought it was an Azure but the Variable can be quite variable. The added second shot helps a lot, the concave black mark on abdominal segment 9 confirms this as a male Azure.

RoyW's picture

Segment 9 markings.

The shape of the markings on the ninth abdomen segment is extremely variable in both species and cannot be relied upon for ID.
As an example see the male Variable Damselfly here:http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+0507+1947

The shape of the rear edge of the pronotum, on the other hand, is diagnostic - and can be seen very well in the close up photo.

It is not common for Azure Damselflies to have the 'U' marking joined to the black ring behind it with a 'stalk', but it does occur.

Peter Orchard's picture

Thanks

Thanks