Friday 22 May 2020

Common Blue Damselfly - freshly moulted!

Anne D-N has been seeing plenty of Large Red Damselfly and a few blue damselfly dancing over her pond recently, and spotted this rather unusual looking one.

Having consulted our local damselfly expert, Darren Bast, he identified it as a 'teneral' Common Blue damselfly.  A 'teneral' insect is one that has recently moulted, and its new exoskeleton has yet to harden and get its final colouration -  thus the unusual pale pinkish-brown appearance.

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The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

A map of the area covered, with some features noted, is available here:>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (