I cannot make up my mind about these two - I think one is an Emerald
This one I wondered if it might be a Southern Emerald - the darker banding may be the effect of shadows
I did offer them my pencil to perch on but they seem to prefer bracken.
Caroline in Jersey
Both are female Willow Emerald Damselflies/ Western Willow Spreadwings (Lestes viridis).
They're beautiful, and wonderful photos of them too Caroline.
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Roy, thank you for the id. I was at least partially barking up the right tree. :) I will get my damsels sorted eventually.
Thank you Birdie, they were very obliging unlike the dragons and butterflies who were turbo-charged and not prepared to take a rest.
Hi Caroline ,what absolutely fantastic detail on the close up shots , well done and thanks for sharing.
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Hi Germain. Lovely shots.
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Gorgeous pics. There are Willow Emeralds not THAT far from here (well, about 50 miles), but the site just isn't do-able by public transport :(
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Beautiful shots of a very attractive damsel. Great find.
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Thanks for the photos. I love damsel and dragonflies. Question for anyone. At this time of year I get dragonflies in my garden but not other times. I love it but does anyone know why? Is it because there are so many wasps around to eat?
FuchsiaKingQuestion for anyone. At this time of year I get dragonflies in my garden but not other times. I love it but does anyone know why?
It's mainly because there are far individual dragonflies around at this time of year, especially true for the 'hawkers' which tend to be the ones that are most easily noticed. Most Hawkers, and also Darters, reach peak numbers during August and September.