Platycnemis pennipes (Blue Featherleg/White-legged Damselfly)

A delightful creature limited to the more southerly areas of the UK. We have a population at our local Sandhouse Lane NR. The males have an intriguing habit of dangling their white legs in flight to display them to other males.

Id Notes

  • distinctive double antehumeral stripes
  • pterostigma pale brown
  • ♂ – body all pale blue, narrow black markings along dorsal side of abdomen
  • ♂ – legs white with black lines above tibia, very feathered
  • ♀ – quite pale yellow-green body colour with paired black dots on dorsal side of S2-6
male
female
tandem in cop ovipositing

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