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Emerald Damselfly
Comments(4) # Emerald Damselfly london e17

So, as I suggested yesterday, I haven't seen this Damselfly species for a couple of years but it is a species that perhaps one should have expected to have done rather better than others bearing when one considers that the pond from which their larvae emerge dried up completely last summer. The Emerald is perhaps less obvious than the wonderfully neon Azure, Blue-Tailed or Large Red Damselfies so perhaps I just didn't spot any last year. But this year I'm almost certain that there are fewer of the other species so I've had to search harder to find any at all and in doing so I've come across the better camouflaged Emeralds. Now, I suspect that the reason for the lower numbers of the other species is due to the fact that their eggs would have hatched soon after laying last summer.....just before the pond dried up. Though some of the larvae will have survived in the small pools of mud that remained, I suspect very many died. The Emerald Damselfly has an advantage over the other species here as the eggs laid in summer do not hatch until the following March or April. The local pond was once again full of water and so the larvae would have then had a wonderful time eating their way through all the smaller insects and crustaceans in the pond with less competition from the other damselfly larvae. Just a theory obviously. It's a female by the way. The males have blue eyes (don't we all?)but both male and female have the characteristic metallic sheen which has been particularly highlighted by my camera flash above. I've seen a lot of females, by the way, but no males as yet.....I'll keep you updated, obviously. Tomorrow, it being the summer Solstice and bearing in mind LDNP started at the Spring Equinox, we're I suppose we're one quarter of a year obviously we have to go back and see how our froggy metamorphosis is getting on. Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
100 ISO
1/200 sec
f 16
Flash: Fired