Tatty Heron and Damsel ID reqd

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Tatty Heron and Damsel ID reqd

  • Just had a quick walk out and saw this fella, i assume it has started moulting its wing feathers.

    This Damsel seemed bigger than the normal blue ones i've seen,though it was a good distance away on the canal.

  • Red-eyed Damselfly

    (Erythromma najas)

  • or

    Small Red-eyed Damselfly

    (Erythromma viridulum)

    The differences are so tiny, its hard to determine which one :/

  • actually, looking the the bottom photo its deifnitley a

    Red-eyed Damselfly

    (Erythromma najas)

    Its eyes seem more deeper red than the Small Red-eyed, and the tail is more square..

    Hope that helps, sorry for 3 posts, i kept looking my book !

  • JasonRidgePhotography

    Red-eyed Damselfly

    (Erythromma najas)

    JasonRidgePhotography

    or

    Small Red-eyed Damselfly

    (Erythromma viridulum)

    The differences are so tiny, its hard to determine which one :/

    It's Erythromma najas (Large Redeye).

    E. viridulum has more blue at either end of the abdomen, and the black 'X' marking on the last abdomen segment is likely to be visible in the second shot if it was this species.

    Edit: jason typed faster!

    Don't rely on how deep the eye colour is though - it generally is more 'orangey' on Small Redeye, but this can be variable.

  • brilliant, im learning too, so posts like this make me get the books out and look at my own photos too.. :)

  • Thanks for the ID guys

  • And welcome to the forums Jason.

  • gorgeous little thing, nice find !

  • thank you ! :)