In the sun of the Bank Holiday weekend Long Lane Pasture was full of life. I showed some images of beetles in a previous post. Here are some Damselflies. Two species were active during my visits. The Large Red Damselfly – here basking on a bramble leaf…

And a courting pair on grass…

And the Azure Damselfly. These are very similar to the Common Blue and the Variable species but I’m happy I’ve correctly identified these (though Blue Damselflies can also be found at the Pasture). Here’s a front view of a Male resting on the brambles again…

And a rear view…

This is a female – they can be quite variable in colouration some tending more towards blue and some towards black and white. In some lights they can even be quite green!..

And here is a mating pair of Azure Damselflies – this time a green-tinged female…

Other insect and general wildlife images to follow in future posts ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. They are all so beautiful! I love the colors. Those local to our area are similarly colored but are definitely a different species. You captured some really excellent photographs, Martin.

    1. Thanks Debra – These were taken with the Canon EOS 5D mkiii and the Sigma 150mm macro lens. That’s a good combination for close-up work, if a bit clunky! However I suspect I’m going to have to use the Fuji X-Pro2 with the 55-200mm zoom to capture a decent shot of the Dragonflies that inhabit Long Lane Pasture. I had a quick look at images of Californian Damselflies and I see a close resemblance in the Bright Blue ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I am glad you saw the similarity in the blue one, too, Martin. We have a backyard pond and soon the dragonflies and “damsels” will be making an appearance, but mostly bright orange. Sometimes I’ve seen the blue, rarely, but often enough to know they’re about! I love them. I thought your blue was similar. They’re so interesting. I do have a new macros lens and I’m trying to learn how to use it properly! I will be experimenting! ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Now that sounds like fun. It’s amazing how quickly you get into the swing of stalking your quarry. I guess I’m ok to say ‘Good Hunting’ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nice images! ๐Ÿ™‚ Would you perhaps be able to help me identify a damselfly I’ve photographed? Please see my latest post, I can’t determine if it’s an Azure or Variable..

    1. I don’t know how common the Variable is in The Netherlands which handicaps my assessment a bit. My gut feeling is that it is an Azure female – they seem to vary a bit in colour with some showing blue at the segment joints whilst others are more grey-green. But the proof would be a mating pair shot! If these were taken at a nature reserve, does it have a list of the known species to be found there?

      Here’s one similar to yours on Suzy Blue’s website https://www.suzyblue.org.uk/Damselflies/Azure-Damselfly/i-j5jwwpC – she has a wordpress blog too – https://blog.suzyblue.org.uk/

      1. Thanks so much! The Azure is much more common than the Variable, but the female Azure with blue is rare. The photos were taken in a residential area in Amsterdam, so unfortunately no sign or what species one could expect to find. I guess I’ll have to go back and hope to find a mating pair! ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Always glad to try and help ๐Ÿ™‚ In truth I’ve only just started photographing insects seriously although I do have a fair amount of knowledge as a result of my long term membership of the RSPB. And I do have a good field guide ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Amazing shots!! I love damselflies but hardly ever see them around here. The ones youยดve catched are beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Sarah. I’m lucky to have the nature reserve where these were photographed just 500 yards down the road from me ๐Ÿ™‚ We also have Dragonflies there but they’re proving less cooperative when it comes to posing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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