Submitted by AJ Cann on Mon, 13/05/2019 - 08:16
    White-legged Damselfly

    We need your help looking for Damselflies.

    The White-legged Damselfly, Platycnemis pennipes, is a species that reaches the current northern limits of its UK distribution in Leicestershire and Rutland. Historic records show that the White-legged Damselfly has always been uncommon in VC55, ands in 1960 it was classed as 'extinct or status very uncertain'. The British Dragonfly Society is trying to identify key areas where White-legged Damselflies are under-recorded, declining, or both. By looking for White-legged Damselflies during their flight period of May-August and recording your sightings you can help to establish the status of this species. 

    As well as the characteristic broad, 'feathery' white legs, the White-legged Damselfly generally has a paler blue body to help distinguish it from the other blue damselflies. Immature males and females are mostly creamy white. Females take on a very pale green colour on maturity.

    Please help us by looking for this species.