Saturday, 6 June 2015
Odonata at Ffos Las
The damsels and dragons are starting to appear in larger numbers now that the weather is warming up at last.
Male and female beautiful demoiselles are the first Odonata I see each year, appearing from early May.
Common blue damselfly.
A scarce blue-tailed damselfly. As its name suggests, this is scarce and localised and can be distinguished from the more common blue-tailed damselfly by the blue segment at the end of the abdomen whereas the blue-tailed has a black segment at the end below the blue.
A teneral (juvenile) blue-tailed damselfly yet to develop the mature colouration, but it can be seen that the penultimate abdominal segment will become blue.
4-spot chasers are now whizzing around the ponds area, pausing for brief moments on the vegetation. I saw my first emperor dragonfly on Thursday, but no hope of photographing it as it showed no sign of landing in the half hour I was watching.
Posted by Maggie James