Thursday, 9 July 2020

29th June - The devil's darning needles

The slender bodies of damselflies have given rise to the old country name of devil's darning needles. Much slimmer and more delicate than their larger cousins the dragonflies, they are often overlooked. There are just 26 species of this insect in the UK some of which are extremely rare and endangered.
Local walks to the castle mere and around the local lanes have produced a good number of sightings. Here are a few that stayed still long enough for a photo:
Male Common blue damselfly

Side on shot of male Common blue damselfly

Poor record shot of a male Banded demoiselle


Male and female Blue-tailed damselflies mating 

Immature male Blue-tailed damselfly 

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