Sunday, 5 July 2015

Titterstone Clee - Pumilio

Two down and one to go.... this was to be the longest leg of the Odonata hunt however! The summit of Titterstone Clee may seem an unlikely hotspot but Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies (Ischnura pumlio) are there, it just takes time to locate one?

Never mind one, were eventually admiring two males!! Here's the first one....



Lots of wind motion but you can just make out the two-tone wing spot....




The second male, showing different marks on segment 9




Close up of the blue green eyes, side of thorax and antehumeral stripes :-)


Just in case you think finding these is early and we never located a female. Blue-tailed Damselfly is a formidable confusion species with an variety of forms. Here's a few (record) shots.....

Adult male Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) - easy to pick out! Compare with the above pumilio :-)



Then some of the female forms, starting with the immature rufescens....




Mature female rufescens-obsoleta form....



Mature female infuscans form....




 These were just some of the Blue-tail race and there's more! Confused? It's all part of the fun and games!

Here's some Azure Damselflies to finish off (masses of them!) - single male plus a pair....




A really enjoyable day,  I might even be tempted to have another go to find a female pumilio?

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