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Old Monday 15th April 2019, 09:15   #1
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Damselfly i.d.

On a very warm afternoon last week we were sitting by the pond when I noticed several small damselflies had appeared. I should have paid more attention, but to be honest I was half asleep in the sun!

Having looked through Steve Brooks guide Iím now a bit confused. They were very pale - I would say straw coloured and very small. I thought they would hang around by the water but they seemed to fairly quickly disperse. I checked to see if I could find one actually emerging and found a single perched damselfly which looked to be a dark brownish colour - of similar size.

My first thought was male and female of the same species but canít find anything that fits. I didnít realise that damselflies have transitional phases - which complicates things.

The closest I can find to the straw-coloured ones is White-legged but canít find any records for this area (Carmarthenshire/Pembrokeshire borders) and Brooks states emergence as starting in late May.

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Unlikely to be White-legged- they don't normally breed in garden ponds. Emerging damselflies are known as tenerals + takes a few days or so to colour up + have drab colours. Maybe Large Red, Azure or Blue-tailed Damselfly?

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Thanks aeshna - sorry I was totally unprepared, but I’ve got the camera ready for a repeat - so hopefully I can get some photos next time. I think you may be right with Blue-tailed as the previous owner thinks he saw them here.

It’s one enormous pond so hopefully something interesting may turn up.
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