Thursday, 14 July 2016

Immature female White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes)

Not the best of shots (I couldn't find an angle where the background was cleaner) but this beautiful damsel is a new one to me, having never seen one before here in North Norfolk. I'm terrible at identifying damselflies, but I'm confident this is an immature female White-Legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes). According to the experts at Dragonfly Days, at this stage they are "often referred to as the form lactea when they appear a creamy colour with just a few black abdomen markings; as they mature they will turn a rather weak or washed out shade of yellowish-green with slightly stronger black segmental joint markings."

Canon 1Ds MkIII, Canon L-series 100mm prime macro lens, f/5, 1/320th sec, ISO 400

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