Foxton damselfly

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GrahamB
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Foxton damselfly

Postby GrahamB » Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:16 pm

Hi,

I wondered if anyone can identify this damselfly photographed by Claire at Foxton Estuary today? I'm completely ignorant about the NZ Odonata fauna.
Many thanks
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Ian Southey
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Re: Foxton damselfly

Postby Ian Southey » Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:05 pm

I'd call that a Blue Damselfly Austrolestes colensonis

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Re: Foxton damselfly

Postby GrahamB » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:06 pm

Many thanks Ian!
Reminds of the little Coenagrion species back in the UK.
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David Riddell
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Re: Foxton damselfly

Postby David Riddell » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:18 am

I'd agree with Ian. The reason it isn't terribly blue is that it's a female. There are some nice pictures at http://naturewatch.org.nz/taxa/126269-A ... wse_photos, including mating pairs.

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