Small Red-eyed Damselfly at Whixall…

By August 10, 2020 Blog

Last year we saw the first ever sightings of Small Red-eyed Damselfly in Shropshire towards the south and east of the county. We wondered when/if this species would spread across Shropshire and Stephen Barlow has sent in this exciting photo taken at Whixall Moss on 7th August. We believe this is a female Small Red-eyed Damselfly with complete (not tapering) antehumeral stripes, a rounded (not lobed) hind edge to the pronotum and distinctive colouring with much more blue towards the end of the abdomen than is seen in Red -eyed Damselfly females. Stephen also noted how much smaller this individual appeared than the more common Red-eyed Damselflies. The only unusual aspect of this specimen is the wing length, the wings typically being shorter in Small Red-eyed Damselfly. Please keep your eyes openĀ duringĀ  late summer for this relative new comer to Shropshire…