MONDAY MACROS: Blue-Tailed Damselflies.

My Monday Macro series continues with a few shots of Blue-Tailed Damselflies taken last week on a visit to Brockholes Nature Reserve.

I love watching these little creatures; they’re so delicate and brightly coloured. There are about the size of one of those sewing needles that you can’t thread because the eye is too small.

All these are shots of blue-tailed, even though their bodies are different colours.

Blue-Tailed Damselfly macro Brockholes

Blue-Tailed Damselfly (Typica form) ©HelenBushe


This one’s body is an unusually bright shade of blue. I had to check back to my RAW files to make sure that I hadn’t done anything wrong in the post-processing. But, no, it really was this vivid electric blue.

Blue-Tailed Damselfly Brockholes macro

Blue-Tailed Damselfly (Violacea form) ©HelenBushe


Blue-Tailed Damselfly Brockholes macro

Blue-Tailed Damselfly (close up) ©HelenBushe


Blue-Tailed Damselflies Mating Monday Macro Brockholes

Blue-Tailed Damselflies Mating ©HelenBushe


This one looks as if he has eyes in the back of his head:

Blue-Tailed Damselfly Monday macro Brockholes

Blue-Tailed Damselfly (back) ©HelenBushe


I’m hoping to see some butterflies before next week’s MONDAY MACRO, though they seem to be in short supply so far this summer. Tune in next week to see what I’ve managed to find!

Last week’s MONDAY MACRO can be seen here:




paulfraser11 · 23 July 2017 at 16:04

Stunning macro’s Helen. I know Brockholes has received mixed views, but I do like it there and it is superbly accessible even the walks around the reserve we have managed to take a wheelchair.

bushboy · 18 July 2017 at 11:56

I was sure you needed a warning before having Damselfly sex on your blog 😀 😀 😀

    HMB · 18 July 2017 at 16:17

    Did you not see the “over 16’s only” warning! Thanks for visiting.

      bushboy · 18 July 2017 at 16:23

      No I didn’t…..will pay more attention next time 😀

Amy · 17 July 2017 at 13:12

Stunning macro images! Incredibly beautiful, Helen. 🙂

    HMB · 17 July 2017 at 18:04

    Thank you Amy.

hbs1991 · 17 July 2017 at 12:15

I am so jealous of your macro lens! Such Beautiful photography, the colours are Stunning! 🙂

    HMB · 17 July 2017 at 08:47

    Thank you. Happy Monday to you too

HMB · 17 July 2017 at 08:48

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