19th July 2015

Common Blue Damselfly– I realised, though these beautiful little flying gems have been in the garden a while, I haven’t covered them this year. They are the most common Damselfly in the UK.  The males are Blue with narrow black bands and dots, and the females can be either blue or a dull yellow-green. Of course, as Damselflies they fold their wings when resting, unlike Dragonflies, and they eat tiny insects from vegetation. When mating the male clasps the female by the neck and they will fly round like this until they find a site to mate, when the female bends her body round to form what is called the ‘mating wheel’. They stay clasped together while the female lays eggs onto plants just below the surface of the water– see photos. Conditions: A much-needed wet morning followed by sunny intervals and a gentler breeze.

Common Blue Damselfly showing its blue body and narrow black bands

Common Blue Damselfly showing its blue body and narrow black bands

Male and female, attached prior to mating

Male and female, attached prior to mating

Two pairs laying eggs in our pond

Two pairs laying eggs in our pond

One pair, laying eggs, showing the different colourings of some males and females

One pair, laying eggs, showing the different colourings of some males and females

Temperature: Max 17- Min 12c.

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