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Club Sandwich #2

Observed: 30th May 2012 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates
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2nd use of this photo, this time to id the hapless main course which, I think, is/was a Blue-tailed Damselfy. (I probably can't rule out a Scarce Blue-tail ... I wish!)

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RoyW's picture

Scarce Blue-tailed

You are correct - Scarce Blue-tailed can't really be ruled out with certainty!
'Common' Blue-tailed is more likely though!

jccurd's picture

Scarce is apt

I seem to spend a lot of time in France studying teh ubiquitous Blue-tails in the hope that one day, one will actually be a Scarce. So far, no such luck - still on my too-be-seen list.

I've been to this location a couple of times and they've all been I. elegans so far. :(

John

RoyW's picture

Not quite as apt in Europe

You may be overlooking Scarce/Small Bluetails because you aren't looking in the right sort of habitat. They are quite widespread in France, but are usually found breeding in small trickles of water that you might go straight past on route to a 'proper' stream. I have found them around water coming from a split irrigation pipe, run off from a cattle drinking trough, and in a seemingly permanent, but small, trickles of water along the edge of roads.

jccurd's picture

Good Tip

Thanks for the tip, Roy. I must begin planning another trip to put it into practice. :D

I'll map some of your other location suggestions, too, following the success of the Ile d'Oleron. ;-)

John