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Blue Tailed Damselflies
Comments(3) # Blue Tailed Damselflies london e17

So here they are, the answer to Thursday's little puzzle, a pair of Blue Tailed Damselflies enjoying what Ralph referred to as "a brief encounter". If one gets to close at this point they fly off still coupled to land a few feet away. The whole coupling process will last several hours, the extended period is believed to be to prevent a second mate. The ovipositing or egg laying which follows is usually undertaken alone unlike many other Damselfly species where the male remains holding onto the female while she lays the eggs. They're a pretty common species up at St.Peter's Pond but have the added bonus of the female coming in several different colourations. This one is of the so called rufescens form though it looks pink to me. Canon EOS 40D
150 mm
200 ISO
1/250 sec
f 11
Flash: Fired