This is the damselfly that is seen most often on lakes and ponds in summer. The male, shown above, fully justifies the adjective 'blue'.
In contrast the female is a less conspicuous insects with blackish body colouring.
Mating damselflies form what is often referred to as a 'damsel wheel. Paired damselflies can be seen flitting over the water surface and then settling on a floating plant leaf so that the female can dip her oviposotor into the water, attaching eggs to the edge of the leaf.
This page includes pictures kindly contributed by Simon Harding.
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