welcome note

On this blog you will be able to share sightings of Dragonflies and Damselflies within the recording area of VC41. However, sightings further afield will be welcome on this site also. To become an author of this blog please register by sending an email to vc41dragonfly@gmail.com and an invite will be sent to you. Alternatively if you want to record your sightings on this blog but do not wish to register then please email sightings with or without photos to the above address and they can be published for you. Please continue to record your sightings through the correct channels and details of these can be found above.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Azure Damselfly with broken Antehumeral Stripes

Azure Damselfly tandem pair
This male Azure Damselfly shows a distinct broken antehumeral stripe, creating the 'exclamation marks' normally associated with the identification of Variable Damselfly.  A side on view of this male also gives the impression of a 'wine glass' shape on S2. The connection, I've found, can often be difficult to see from the side and this individual shows me that more care is needed when calling Variable on the antehmeral stripes alone.
This would have been my first Variable Damselfly for the Panasonic site at Baglan Moors, and I'm sure that they will yet turn up here for me.

Otherwise at this location on 8th & 9th

8/7/12 - 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 15+ Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly & 4 Azure Damselfly

9/7/12 - 2 Emperor Dragonfly (including an ovipositing female), 8 Common Darter, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly & 7 Azure Damselfly

No comments: