Wildlife to Visit of the Sub Order Zygoptera

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc

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There are 12 wildlife species pictured below. Some species can only be seen during certain months. Wildlife that has been observed at this time of year are shown first preceeded by a green bar. Wildlife that can be seen at a different time of year is show last preceeded by a blue bar.

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Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas) All year round.
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Family: Coenagrionidae (Blue, Blue-tailed & Red Damselflies)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 35 mm (1.4 in). Hw: 19-24 mm (0.75-1.0 in)

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: All year round.

Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas) © Alastair Rae cc
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) Early April to late September.
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Family: Calopterygidae (Demoiselles)

Habitat: Rivers and streams.

Size: Length 48 mm. Wingspan 60-65 mm.

Food: Insects.

Flight: Early April to late September. April to September.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Whereas the male is metallic blue, the female is a brilliant metallic green with tinted green wings with a tiny white spot near the tip.

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) ♂ © Thomas Bresson cc
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) Early April to late September.
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Family: Coenagrionidae (Blue, Blue-tailed & Red Damselflies)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 33 mm.

Food: Winged insects.

Flight: Early April to late September.

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) © Tony Court cc
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) Early April to late September.
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Family: Coenagrionidae (Blue, Blue-tailed & Red Damselflies)

Habitat: Ponds, lakes and reservoirs and wetlands.

Size: Length 31 mm (1.2 in.) Wingspan 40 mm (1.6 in).

Food: Aerial and non-aerial insects.

Flight: Early April to late September.

The average survival time for adult is about 10 days.

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) ♂ © Gail Hampshire cc
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Early April to late September.
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Family: Calopterygidae (Demoiselles)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 45 mm (1.8 in).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early April to late September.

Perches on vegetation from which it pursues passing insects.

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) ♂ © Sarah cc
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Early March to late September.
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Family: Coenagrionidae (Blue, Blue-tailed & Red Damselflies)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 33-36 mm (1.3-1.4 in). Hindwing 19-24 mm (0.7-0.9 in).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early March to late September.

Perches on waterside vegetation from which it pursues passing insects.

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) ♀ © Ferran Pestaña cc
Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) Early June to late September.
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Family: Lestidae (Emerald Damselflies)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 38 mm (1.5 in)

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early June to late September.

Perches on vegetation from which it pursues passing insects.

Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) © Gail Hampshire cc
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) Early April to late October.
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Family: Coenagrionidae (Blue, Blue-tailed & Red Damselflies)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 32-35 mm (1.3-1.4 in). Hindwing 18-21 mm (0.7-0.8 in).

Food: Aerial and non-aerial insects.

Flight: Early April to late October.

Perches on low vegetation from which it pursues passing insects.

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) © Susanne Nilsson cc
Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum) Early June to late September.
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Family: Coenagrionidae (Blue, Blue-tailed & Red Damselflies)

Habitat: Ponds, lakes and reservoirs and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 29 mm (1.1 in.) Hw 16-20 mm (0.6-0.8 mm).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early June to late September.

Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum) © Melissa McMasters cc
Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) Early April to late August.
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Family: Coenagrionidae (Blue, Blue-tailed & Red Damselflies)

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, ponds and rivers and streams.

Size: Length 33 mm (1.3 in). Hindwing 16-23 mm ( 0.6-0.9 in).

Food: Aerial insects.

Flight: Early April to late August.

Perches on vegetation from which it pursues passing insects.

Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) © Gail Hampshire cc
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