British Damselflies - on the DVD Notes

The list opposite follows the constraints and format of the British Dragonfly Society checklist as revised 24.10.2014.

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For the purposes of the DVD I have amended the order so that species which are similar in appearance are grouped together.

This often means that family groupings remain - for example all the Emerald Damselflies are together (including the Small Emerald). Their order within that grouping is related to their range and distribution - the Emerald Damselfly comes first because it is common and widespread. By putting the most familiar species first, the other Emeralds that follow can be compared with it.

The Dainty Damselfly reappeared in Britain after the release of British Damselflies and has, therefore, been included in British Dragonflies.

Graham Sherwin

British Damselflies starts with an Introduction to dragonflies and damselflies covering the following topics:

About this DVD

History & Differences between Dragons & Damsels



Life Cycle:

    Immatures, Tandem, Mating




When & Where to Watch

Running Time: 60 minutes approx.

Then the following damselflies are described:

Resident and/or migrant species recorded since 1970:

Southern Emerald Damselfly Scarce Emerald Damselfly

Emerald Damselfly

Willow Emerald Damselfy

Banded Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

White-legged Damselfly

Small Red Damselfly

Northern Damselfly

Irish Damselfly

Southern Damselfly

Azure Damselfly

Variable Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly

Red-eyed Damselfly

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly


Winter Damselfly

Potential Visitors:

Small Emerald Damselfly

Goblet-marked Damselfly

Running Time: 90 minutes approx.

Total Running Time: 150 minutes approx.

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