Completing the Variable picture..

By May 14, 2021 Blog

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.