Species of the Month - June 2016
Its dark wings make this damselfly instantly recognisable. When fluttering about in shady woodland, they at first give the impression of black butterflies. The male (above) is a brilliant metallic blue, with dark brown wings when young which turn blue when mature. The female (below) is bronzy-green with wings of a less intense brown.
The female has a small white dot, known as the false pterostigma,
towards the end of each wing.
mature blue-winged male
The Beautiful Demoiselle is a damselfly of flowing water and can be found in large numbers alongside burns that run through woods or open country. It is not common but is often abundant where it does occur. It is absent from most of Scotland, with populations concentrated in Argyll but extending north to Skye.
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June 5: Two seen by Christine Campbell at Esragan hydro dam
June 8: Males seen by Kathy Murgatroyd at Achnalarig
June 9: Seen by Bob Grove along River Oude at Eleraig
June 13: Male seen by Jessie Wormell in Glen Creran
June 18: Males seen by Pete Creech at Ford
June 25: Female seen by Pete Creech near Dunadd
Note you can still send in records for past species of the month. Here are the previous June species: