After getting up early this morning before work to check the pond, I noticed a small damselfly nymph starting to climb up one of the stems in the pond I had placed there. I already had the camera and everything prepared and hoped that I could settle down and have time to photograph the emergence before I had to go to work. Thankfully, luck was on my side and I just about had time to do this and get ready for work. What I did notice this time was that the damselfly was not a Large Red Damselfly and was either going to be an Azure or Variable but with its Caudal Lamellae missing, I was going to have to wait until it had emerged to find out. I spent the next hour and a half laying on my belly watching and photographing this fascinating sight and managed to capture a number of photos of each stage. Finally after the damselfly had emerged I was able to use the 10x field lens to get a few features and I come to the conclusion that it was a Variable Damselfly, the first time I have photographed the emergence of this species. If I am wrong please correct me but the distinctive shape of the pronotum could be seen along with the bar in between the post-ocular spots on the head. This bar I believe is lacking in the Azure Damselfly. A bit rushed at times but a great start to the day and hopefully if some better weather arrives soon, we may have the first Hairy Dragonflies emerging any day now.
'Newly Emerged' Variable Damselfly (male)