|Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans|
|Monks Eleigh, Suffolk,
The Blue-tailed Damselfly is found throughout Europe apart from Scandinavia and parts of Spain and is one of the commonest damselflies in the British Isles right up to the north of Scotland.
|The male, seen here in photos
1 to 3 is mainly dark with a bright blue segment 8 and blue or
bluish-green stripes on the thorax. Note also the two coloured
pterostigma on the fore-wings. Photo 4 shows a newly
emerged male or teneral.
Females in particular have many colour forms. Photos 5 and 6 show the rufescens form of an immature female while photo 7 shows the mature female rufescens-obsoleta form. Photo 8 shows a damselfly and the exuvia or larval skin from which it has just emerged.
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