A New Visitor To The Pond

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans form rufescens female immature

Identifying dragonflies and damselflies can be quite challenge at times, especially as they go through their stages and can have many forms. This is a first for me, and for the garden pond. It is a Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans form rufescens) female immature. The females of this particular species actually come in five colour forms, and this is one of the five.

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans form rufescens female immature

Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans form rufescens female immature


Garden pond, Staffordshire. England. May 2017.

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18 thoughts on “A New Visitor To The Pond

  1. Can’t help but commenting on this as I do love Dragonflies and Butterflies.
    Have taken photos of both often. Dragonfly is the hardest as they don’t often sit still long. Shimmering creatures.

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    • Dragonflies are at the top of my list along with butterflies and moths, and bees. They are quite tricky to photograph, as they are quite shy creatures and do not always keep still. I was lucky with this one as it settled near my pond and it allowed me to sit close by and take a few shots. Thank you for your comment πŸ™‚

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  2. I get confused with dragonflies and damsel flies, and always thought dragon flies were the big guys that zoom across ponds and fly so brilliantly – stopping and turning in a millisecond. Almost impossible to photograph too. They’re much bigger than (what I thought were) the delicate damsels.

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