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Blue Featherleg

Observed: 8th June 2013 By: BruceHBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in Invertebrates
Blue Featherleg
Blue Featherleg
Blue Featherleg 2 (Platycnemis pennipes)

I have added another picture of the same damselfly - does this help the ID at all?

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RoyW's picture

More likely a White Featherleg.

It's not easy to be sure about females, but on first impressions I would think this one is more likely to be P. latipes

jccurd's picture

Agree with RoyW

Hi Bruce,

Judging by the width of those tibia and the lack of dorsal abdominal markings, I was inclined towards White Featherleg P. latipes, too.

Then I spotted Roy's comment. :-)


BruceH's picture

P. pennipes/latipes

These tricky little beasts are the bane of my life! I am happy to accept that you are both correct (as ever).


RoyW's picture

Female Platycnemis.

I think that females of this genus are among the most difficult Odonata to separate in Europe, and to be identified with certainty the shape of the rear edge of the pronotum needs to be examined in many cases (not usually something that is visible in photos).

BruceH's picture


Following our conversations last year I am trying to get good shots of the pronotum; not easy, as you say. What is the best angle to take the pictures from (top, rear, half-way)? I have got a new camera and lenses this year, and ought to be able to get some decent shots. After all featherlegs are usually fairly amenable to being photographed.

Funny how one can get so hooked on odos!