Nothing like a sunny spell to get things underway! Jim Almond has seen Broad-bodied Chaser emerging from his pond near Shrewsbury (below right) and has also seen the far less common Variable Damselfly whilst surveying a private site. Jim’s photos show the female dark form of this species and the close up (left) shows really clearly the deeply lobed trailing edge of the pronotum and a pale bar of colour between the eyes- both important diagnostic features for this tricky individual!
Elsewhere I was lucky enough to spot a teneral Blue-tailed Damselfly this morning at some ponds near Ryton. Though fairly common the immature females of this species are worth keeping an eye out for with some lovely pink or sometimes violet coloration to the thorax.