|Blue Damslefly (Enallagma cyathigerum)|
In all of these places I see the lovely Blue Damselfy! They are one of my favourite things to watch and they will be a lovely insect to cover.
So, here are the facts:
|Emerging on a reed.|
- They are found in every part of England, Scotland and Wales as well as the border between Northern and the Republic of Ireland.
- They use their average 40mm wings and their 32mm length between May and September in the flight season.
- They are found on most Lakes and Ponds where they are usually the most common species their.
- The Males are blue (as the name suggests) with black spots but the Females are actually a sort of Yellow.
|Found a mate|
- The eggs hatch into larvae called nymphs which then climb up a suitable stem to moult into damselflies.
- When mating, the Males clasps the Female by the neck and she them moves her body around to his reproductive organs. This is called a mating wheel. You can see it in this picture by CharlesJsharp.
- Weirdly, they often all perch on stems of plants around one pond and all point in one direction.
- There are several ways to tell them apart from other damselflies and even dragonflies. Damselflies rest with their wings closed on their body. You know it's one of these as they seem to drift through the air and, well, they're blue.
Here are some links to some more information:
|"Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) |
form mating wheel" by Charlesjsharp - Sharp Photography
Hope you enjoyed,