Red-Eyed Damselfly(Erythromma Najas)

Not the commonest Damselfly to be found and when they do emerge they’ll often be over water on a lily pad

in terms of Brandon Marsh this Damselfly isn’t anywhere near abundant,they are there but in low numbers.when spotted they’re nearly always found near to the River Avon…A couple of us have actually seen Common Blue Damselflies attacking them as they try to leave their watery habitat.

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Banded Damoiselle(Calopteryx Splendens)

A real jewel of an Odonata,mainly seen in large groups over or near to water

If you visit Brandon during the summer months and head for the river meadow,you’ll see swarms of these beauties in the long grass or over the water.Its a species that prolific where-ever its found

With the male being blue and the female green its easy to tell the sexes apart,though caught in the right light the female will look red or bronze

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Common-Blue Damselfly (Enallagma Cyathigerum)

During the summer months I’ll head straight for the wildflower meadow next to the River Avon,its usually teeming with Damselflies long before the Dragons start to emerge.You can walk through the long grass and theres literally one taking flight with every step.Its hard going at times though because of the swarms of Mosquitos and numerous Clegg Flies,I suppose everything has a price to be paid.

What i tend to do with these is get down to their level,even if it means lieing on my belly and proping the camera up on my elbows,its pretty stable that way,not nice if its been raining though

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Azure Damselfly(Coenagrion Puella)

The Azure is pretty widespread but not as common as the Common Blue which it is often mistaken for

These are normally found in the river meadow at Brandon,the difficulty is trying to identify the males from the Common Blues which are much more numerous..The females though are pretty distinctive being almost all black,and in my opinion more striking visually.

On the matter of identification one of the things to look out for is the dark spur marking on the thorax,which isn’t present on the Common Blue

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Large-Red Damselfly(Pyrrhosoma Nymphula)

One of the gems of the Damselfly world,it can be seen throughout the summer

Not as plentiful at Brandon as it is at the nearby Ryton Woods,but with patience it can be seen.normally It’ll be found near the banks of the River Avon

its generally thought that this species emerges only from the River Avon,but i suspect that they also emerges from the nearby West Marsh Pool.this specimen is the first i have captured in 2013

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Blue-Tailed Damselfly(Ischnura Elegans)

A Damselfly that is common throughout the British Isles,the male is mainly blue in colour with the female carrying at least 5 different colour forms

This is possibly the commonest of all the Odonata species at Brandon Marsh,just walk through the River Meadow in the height of summer and you’ll see them in droves

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