White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes

Photos

Several photos of White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes, including some immatures, "in cop" and ovipositing.

  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P3176
    A male covered in early morning dew at Kempston Mill
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P1682
    A pair "in cop" at Felmersham NR
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P1683
    A pair "in cop" at Felmersham NR
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P1684
    A pair "in cop" at Felmersham NR
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P1685
    A pair "in cop" at Felmersham NR
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P1687
    A pair "in cop" at Felmersham NR
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2181
    Male, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2186
    Male, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2285
    Male, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2289
    Male, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2293
    Male, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2300
    Immature female, River Great Ouse near Bromham. This picture really shows the thick white legs to good effect.
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2301
    Male, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2331
    Immature female, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2334
    Immature female, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2354
    Immature, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2424
    Male, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2497
    Male, River Great Ouse near Bromham
  • White-legged Damselfly - Platycnemis pennipes:  A3P2518
    Ovipositing pair, River Great Ouse near Bromham
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Classification:

Odonata        
Zygoptera     Damselflies
  Platycnemididae   White-legged damselflies

Pale blue damselfly with distinctive broad white legs , especially in males, makes this damselfly easy to spot.

Males will sometimes fly with their legs hanging as if in display (most Odonata retract their legs for flight).

Habitat

Prefers slow rivers with plenty of bank side vegetation, but also at still water sites,uses floating vegetation for ovipositing.

Where to see

Common along the River Great Ouse between Kempston and Bromham. Also present at Felmersham NR, Bromham Lake NR, Priory CP.

Visible from late May to early September.