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Dragonfly & Damselfly ID help, Cornwall, UK

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Old Sunday 24th June 2018, 13:08   #1
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Dragonfly & Damselfly ID help, Cornwall, UK

Hi,

Here is a photo of a damselfly I photographed this week, is it a Variable Damselfly?

For the dragonfly I'm going with a female Ruddy Darter, or Common Darter. Slightly leaning towards Ruddy Darter though.


Thanks,


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Old Thursday 28th June 2018, 10:27   #2
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The damselfly is hard to identify from this angle. Do you have a shot on the side of the thorax?
It seems to be a female and thereofre very hard to distinguish it from the Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella).
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Old Friday 29th June 2018, 19:40   #3
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The damselfly ia a female Azure based on the clear pale hind margin of the pronotum. The darter is an immature male Common Darter - Ruddy has a clubbed rather than parallel sided abdomen.
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Damselfly

Hi,

Thanks for the responses. Unfortunately I don’t think I have anymore photos. The reason I went for Variable is because I have a guide showing the abdominal segments and thought it looked more like Variable, should I not pay so much attention to abdominal segments in the guide then, because it looks more like that than any of the others.

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Old Monday 2nd July 2018, 13:18   #5
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Apologies I have just realised my mistake... that is a guide for male abdominal segments! Pity there’s not one for females!

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Concentrate of the first two body segments when getting photos, on Damselflies, S1 and S2 hold diagnostic marks as shown on the diagram.


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Thanks Andy, I will do.
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