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Pictured left we have the teneral female Blue-tailed Damselfly photographed by Tim Walters at Pam’s Pools on 4th May. Clearly not much sign of colour yet but some of the markings are still visible including the eye spots. Tim has also photographed the exuvia left behind by a Large Red Damselfly. Many of these will hopefully be present on the vegetation in your pools. If you can reach them they’re great to have a closer look at, just be sure the insect has emerged before you collect it! The best clue is to look for the white threads left behind on the exuviae which are the old linings of the larval tracheae (a network of gas filled tubes that run through the body).