Well it sounds like I was surrounded by dragons and damsels, but I had to work hard to find them! I ventured off to 2 privately owned meres near Shrewsbury today, and on my arrival the sun departed! Despite this I managed to find 6 species mostly in the undergrowth. Red-eyed Damselfly Erythromma najas was most numerous and seen resting typically on lily pads (apologies for tiny photo):
Interestingly this second photo shown above of a Common Blue male has unusual extra black markings on the side at the end of the abdomen.
And finally (and best of all) I was fortunate to see a number of Variable Damselflies Coenagrion pulchellum:
These are different again to the Common Blue or Azure Blue males. The shoulder stripes are broken and appear as exclamation marks, the U shape on segment 2 has a thicker base and is attached to the black ring at the end of segment 2, and the black marking is more extensive at the end of the abdomen. And just for the extra challenge, as the name suggests these markings can indeed be variable!