Equal second commonest damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly - found in a quarter of the Abingdon ponds

Diana sent me this picture – which gives me a chance just to say that the Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans: eesh-nur-a el-ee-gans) is found throughout the country, from the Isles of Scilly to the Orkney Isles but, according to the NBN map, not the Shetland Isles – which seems odd. Does anyone out there know if that’s really the case?

In the Abingdon survey the Blue-tailed Damselfly was found in a quarter of the ponds – I should say, only a quarter of the ponds, so you’re doing quite well if you have this animal in  your pond. It was the equal second most widespread damsel after the Large Red (the Azure Damselfly was also found in about a quarter of the ponds).

Diana also made a still from a video of a Blue-tailed female laying eggs amongst Rigid Hornwort.

Blue-tailed Damselfy laying eggs - and yes, both Diana and I know this photo isn't going to win Wildlife Photographer of the Year, but I am the patron saint of slightly blurry photos that show something interesting!

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One Response to “Equal second commonest damselfly”

  1. Heather Martin Says:

    I am thrilled that Bluetailed Damselflies have already visited the newly installed pond in our garden. It is an ornamental pond but geared to wildlife as I’d rather have frogs and newts than goldfish! I will be even more thrilled if we get a visit from a dragonfly.

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