Earlier this month Jim Almond sent in photos of the female Variable Damselfly blue form and to complete the picture we now have a female dark form (left and below left). These striking pictures not only show the absence of any noticeable blue coloration, but also highlight the deeply lobed trailing edge of the pronotum. Below right is pictured a teneral male. As he matures the blue coloration will develop, but we can clearly see the black spur on the side of the thorax and some beautiful exclamation marks on top of the thorax- both important diagnostic features.
The purpose of this blog is to keep dragonfly enthusiasts up to date with dragonfly activity throughout the season. This way we should all know first hand what’s on the wing in Shropshire.
All are very welcome to be part of this seasonal diary. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org with sightings and photographs so I can post them on the blog. Even if you’re new to dragonflies and not sure what you have photographed please send it in and get involved in the 2021 Shropshire Dragonfly Watch.