Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Damselflies; June 2010

Male Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerim Lacks the spearhead dark marking on the third segment of the abdomen seen on Northern Damselfly, here appearing more square, note also the wings held tightly to the body. The blue stripes on the thorax are noticably further apart than seen on Northern Damselfly. Sections 8 and 9 all blue as in Northen Damselfly.

Immature male Northern Damselfly Coenagrion hastulatum

Female Nortern Damselfly Coenagrion hastulatum

Female Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum. Rear edge of the pronotum appears strongly indented, also there appears to be a pale bar between the eye supports. There is a small chance this could in fact be an Azure Damselfy Coenagrion puella, though features seem to support Variable..

Some more Damselflies here of various species. These are tough to identify but have had help on birdforum with these from some very knowledgeable and helpful experts.

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