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Zygoptera - Damselflies
Damselflies are insects in the sub-order Zygoptera - meaning paired-wings. All four wings are near enough equal in size and shape. They are usually small, weakly flying insects that stay close to the water margins or water surface. When at rest, all species except the Emeralds hold their wings along the length of their abdomen. The eyes are always separated, never touching

Calopterygidae - Demoiselles

Large damselflies with metallic green or blue bodies and dark wings.

Enchanted Meadow  Banded Demoiselle A large (45mm) damselfly preferring slow-flowing lowland streams and rivers. Numbers can be very high at prime locations. .  
Into The Valley  Beautiful Demoiselle The other species of large (45mm) damselfly in Britain to have obviously coloured wings. Preferring sandy bottomed streams and rivers.   

Coenagrionidae - Red and Blue Damselflies

Small to medium-sized damselflies often seen in large numbers were present.

Return Of The Mac(ro)  Small Red Damselfly One of our smallest (31mm) damselflies preferring shallow pools, seepages and streams in heathland bog.
Take Me To The River  Southern Damselfly One of our rarer damselflies, preferring base-rich runnels and streams often within acid heathland and chalk stream water meadows.
The Triplets of Bramshill  Azure Damselfly One of the larger (33mm) blue damselflies. Seen in most habitats including ponds, streams and larger water bodies where they are often found in swarms.
Vaeiable Damselfly Variable Damselfly The Variable Damselfly is a reasonable large (33mm) damselfly superficially similar to the Azure and both species may be found in the same habitat.
Common Blue Damselfly - male  Common Blue Britains most widespread damselfly.
Found in most water bodies and surrounding heaths, meadows and woodland.
Guilding The Lily  Red-eyed A robust and conspicuous damselfly, found in lakes, gravel pits, canals and slow-flowing rivers often perched on water lillies and other surface vegetation.
Small Red-eyed Damselfly - male  Small Red-eyed Considerably smaller (29mm) than the larger Red-eyed and not as widespread.
Flag  Blue-tailed A common and attractive damselfly found in a wide range of lowland habitats including brackish or polluted water.
Male Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly  Scarce Blue-tailed Considerably smaller (29mm) than the larger Blue-tailed and not as widespread. Can reach large numbers where found.
Preferring warm, shallow pools with emergent vegetation.
Old Red  Large Red A large (36mm) and active red damselfly with black legs and a bronze-black top to the thorax which has broad red or yellow stripes.  

Lestidae - Emerald Damselflies
Metallic green damselflies

Southern Emerald (Lestes barbarus) - female  Southern Emerald   A slim, metallic green emerald which turns bronze as it matures. Broad, pale ante-humeral stripes on the thorax and pale behind the head. The pterostigma is bi-coloured. Males become pruinescent only on abdominal segment S10.
Scarce Emerald (Lestes dryas) - male  Scarce Emerald   A medium sized emerald damselfly which usually rests with its wings half open. Adult males have blue eyes and powder blue pruinescence on the thorax between the wings and on S2 and S8.
Tickled Pink  Common Emerald   A large (38mm) and attractive metallic green damselfly which unusually perches with its wings half-open.
Willow Emerald (Lestes viridis) - male  Willow Emerald   Larger and bulkier than the Common Emerald. Metallic green with no blue pruinescence on the male.The pterostigma is pale brown with a black border. The male upper appendages are distinctively pale (like the sides of the thorax) with dark tips.

Platycnemididae - White-legged Damselflies
Pale blue or white damselflies

Which One's Pink?    White-legged Damselfly A medium-sized (37mm) damselfly with white legs and a narrow head. Preferred habitats are slow-flowing rivers and streams with an abundance of bank-side foliage.