First Downy Emerald

First Downy Emerald

Observation - First Downy Emerald - UK and Ireland. Description: There are precious few sightings of Downy Emerald dragonflies in Bedfordshire, so when one happens to alight right in front of you and poses for about an hour for the camera, you tend to get pretty excited. I've never seen one before so I was captivated.

There are precious few sightings of Downy Emerald dragonflies in Bedfordshire, so when one happens to alight right in front of you and poses for about an hour for the camera, you tend to get pretty excited. I've never seen one before so I was captivated. I suspect this was not long emerged - it's certainly immature 'cos the eyes are still brown. With the lack of waisting on the abdomen, I think it is a female.

As stunning as this creature is, it isn't perfect. There seems to be a blemish on that fabulous metallic green abdomen (lower right) and the right hind-wing has a blemish and is not symmetrical with the left hind wing.