Its been a while since I had a tank session indoors with some nymphs so at the weekend I made a visit to Nethergong where I collected a few damselfly nymphs, mostly Blue tailed and Azure Damselfly I think. I had the tank already prepared at home and with some soaked leaves put in to add a bit more natural background colour, I spent an hour or so trying to capture a few shots. I still find the identification of these small nymphs a big challenge but with the help of some literature and the internet, I come to the conclusion that this individual is a Blue tailed Damselfly nymph but please correct me if I am wrong. A few features which led me to this conclusion is the lack of spotting behind the eyes. This is clear on Azure and Variable but lacking in Blue tailed Damselflies. Also there is a dark band on the femora of the legs and the caudal lamellae show a pointed tip and the setae (stiff hairs) reach half way up on one side and a third of the way up on the other. I have shown this in the last photo by the black circles. I managed to capture a few pleasing images and hope in the next few days to go back to Nethergong or my pond and see what else I can find to photograph and improve upon.
Blue tailed Damselfly Nymph
Blue tailed Damselfly Nymph Caudal Lamellae