Today a few male common blue damsels and plenty of azures, good number of tandem pairs, many of which were ovipositing on floating and submerged aquatic vegetation with the male standing to attention in the 'sentinel' position, guarding the female as she laid her eggs.
The only other damsel to catch my eye was this orange/yellow individual ovipositing alone. I only managed one shot before she disappeared and it isn't the best :
|Note the very inconspicuous antehumeral stripes, |
ruling out both common blue and azure
The blue-tails are fast becoming one of my favourite damsels, so many colour variations to go at and they are so unlike other damsels in many respects. For instance they will mate after just 3 or 4 days while still in immature colouration. Probably just as well as it's reckoned their average lifespan is just 10 days though they can live for up to 8 weeks. And they're one of the easiest to observe as they develop, tending to stick to the waterways all their adult life, flying low amongst the vegetation, and will fly in cool and overcast conditions while most other species sit it out til the sun shines. Like them a lot.
Just one more picture to finish off, something different, a nice colourful composition of a bumble bee :
|Bombus pratorum (I think)|