Common Blue Damselfly

Common Blue Damselflies can be seen throughout the main College grounds, but especially over and around Swan Lake, where they often emerge in their hundreds. The males are bright turquoise blue, paler when immature. The females come in blue and grey-green, or yellow when immature, with more significant black markings than the males.

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