An azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) photographed in the park by DKG last week.
This is a new species for the park and before we added it to our list we sent the photographs to be identified by experts at the Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Record Centre. Several of the blue damselflies are very similar, only distinguishable by the marks on their second abdominal segment and small differences in the lines on the sides of their thoraxes.
1 Male azure damselfly (CC0) pikist.com
2 Mating azure damselflies (CC0) pixabay.com
This is the park’s twelfth species of Odonata, the order of insects that includes dragonflies and damselflies. We are keeping very careful count of our Odonata because, in this part of the country, 15-17 species is what Natural England calls an outstanding assemblage and where there is an outstanding assemblage the site can be considered for selection as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
If you see dragonflies and damselflies in the park, please try to photograph them and send us the pictures, no matter how blurred or tiny the images are. Send them to our email address (see below) because pictures sent by Messenger or posted to Facebook are usually resized in the process and we will need all the pixels we can get for positive identification. Thanks.
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