White-legged Damselfly
Platycnemis pennipes

A very attractive and easily distinguishable damselfy with a far paler blue body colouration than that of the Common, Southern or Azure species.

As the name suggests, the white legs make the species easily identifiable as they are not found elsewhere in the damselfy family.

Not widespread in the New Forest, yet abundant where populations exist, such as along the Ober Water. Very approachable and quite accommodating for the photographer.

Can be observed from May through to August.

   
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Found in reasonable numbers along the Ober Water, close to the A35. Also along the banks of the River Stour at Canford Magna in Dorset.

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seasonal appearance distinguishing features

Males have a very pale blue colouration with a light green tint on the thorax. Females are paler still with an almost white colouration. Both sexes distinguishable by the characteristic white feather like legs that are easily discernable during flight and whilst perched.