It was slightly overcast when I arrived, though blue-tails don't mind a bit of cloud, just one of the many reasons they are my second favourite damsel (no prizes for guessing my first).
First up was an immature female of the infuscans form resting on the wild rhubarb.
|Blue-tailed damselfly - female infuscans|
|A cracking immature female of the rufescens form, the most colourful|
of the blue-tail variations.
|Of course they don't all make it, this unfortunate's first flight was|
straight into a spider web.
|Nice deep blue male|
I decided to call in on Far Pasture on the way back, typically the sun shone strongly as I made my way from site to site, but the cloude returned as I arrived at Far Pasture. Here, more azures were along the roadside as per usual, mainly mature males but still a few tenerals and immatures. I hopped along to the forbidden pond but wasn't expecting to see anything in the gloom, so was very surprised when a fully mature male Broad-bodied Chaser zipped by. I relocated it at the back of the pond, where it was watching over an ovipositing female. I certainly wasn't expecting that!
|Back of the pond, the dark speck just left of centre is actually the ovipositing female|
|The attentive male - his powder blue abdomen can just about |
be made out in this very heavy crop
|Two peas in a pod - a couple of resting male azures at Far Pasture|