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Common Blue Damselflys


When I wrote about the Damselfly's it was about the Common one's, but as one looks the same as the next one, I will include the Blue Tailed one's and the Large Red one's in the image section.

As we wander around Bute, we see all sorts of flora and fauna, and a great deal of birds and insects, of which the name of them escapes our memory, or perhaps they were never in it in the first place?


As we struggle to identify what is in front of our eyes we find that our memory banks have let us down yet again. while many names come
to mind, none seemed to fit the object we are looking for. Disappointed, we carry on with our walk hoping that we do not come across anything else that will tax our brain, and so spoiling our day, as, even as we leave that of which we know not what it is, we are still trying to put a name to it for the rest of the time we are on our walk, and to find another would indeed be annoying. At that point we would be contemplating an about turn, and head for home. It would be bad enough if you were on your own, but what if you had your child or children with you? Mummy/Daddy, what is that thingy on the ground? Do you give them a fictitious name? or do you tell them the truth, “I do not know”? I think in most cases the former would be chosen.
Well I have been for years now helping you to identify birds and insects that you will find on Bute and will carry on doing so to help you identify them.

Today we look at “ A Blue Damselfly Fly”, a flying insect that is only 32 mm in length,( inch and a quarter) and not much thicker than a matchstick. The male, which you see here is sky blue in colour with black bands along the length of the abdomen. they dart about areas that there is water from early May until September. The female is less colourful in as much that it is easily over looked as it is green and black and so blends in well with its surroundings.
My favourite place to see them is at the Mountstuart Reservoir near the south end of Scoulag Moor, an area that I frequent a lot and have wrote about butterflies and dragonflies that I have photographed there. They will land on emerging plants in the reservoir and also on the path leading down to the water, so take care and move slowly as they are very small and can be missed. No need to worry about standing on them as they are very quick in getting out of your way, but will soon come to rest again, so slow is the word to get really close

Norrie Mulholland

First published in the Buteman 12-05-2006




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