Banded Demoiselles have been seen emerging from the River Severn in Shrewsbury. Jim Almond captured this male and an unusual view of a female with spread wings showing the beautiful detail and highlighting the pseudopterostigma -the white splashes of colour in the absence of true pterostigma. Jan Shields also photographed a female illustrating the impressive length of the legs. The demoiselles use these long legs (and visible spines!) to create a basket- helping to trap larger prey in flight.
Elsewhere Azure Damselfly records are starting to come in -seen on 10th May on Whixall Moss where White-faced Darters are slowly starting to emerge.