Photo Challenge – Blue-tailed Damselfly

September 7, 2011

The time of year is coming where dragonflies and damselflies end their period of flight, one of the final flyers of September are the Ischnura elegans; the Blue-tailed Damselfly. These damselflies are easily recognised by their distinctive single blue band close to the end of their abdomen, or for females the ‘normal form’ colouration is sometimes replaced with lilac or orange.

See if you can snap a photo of one!

These Blue-tailed Damselflies have adapted to a wide range of habitat types and water conditions, and are the most tolerant of it’s species towards pollution, so shouldn’t be too difficult to find.


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  1. We went to Whisby and saw lots of common darters. They were really big, with four wings.

    Comment by Jacob Whyatt on October 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

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