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Young Female Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

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Identifying some of the smaller ‘blue’ damselflies gives rise to many discussions and arguements. There are so many variations within species that it can be a minefield and true identification can sometimes only really be acheived by photograph.

Luckily the Blue-tailed damsel is reasonably distinctive even though there are 3 forms of female adult and a different coloured youngster. However it’s not only the Blue-tail which has a blue tail…

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