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A bumper year for White-legged Damselfly?

By July 6, 2015Blog

More reports of White-legged Damselflies Platycnemis pennipes seen in noticeably large numbers- this time by D.Williams on the River Severn near Hampton Loade. This year appearing to outnumber the Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens population. David’s photo below shows the classic ‘love heart’ shape sometimes formed by the mating wheel:

Nearby at Dudmaston David also took this great shot of Red-eyed Damselflies Erythromma najas and a Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum….
…….and a Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum– another species I seem to have seen a lot of this year.

P. Roberts also sent in this photo below of a male Broad Bodied Chaser Libellula depressa spotted near Woore. This provides the opportunity for comparison with the male Black-tailed Skimmer above. The skimmer is resting typically on bare ground and has completely clear wings with no basal patches of pigment as seen on the chaser below.

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