Azure Damselfly

Coenagrion puella

Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella

A new damselfly sighting for me, and in my own backyard. This one was competing for perches around my pond with half a dozen or so Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), and stood his (yes, it is male) ground pretty well. Length 33mm (1in). Similar to other blue damselflies, so care has to be taken in identification. In males look for a characteristic black flat-bottomed U-shape mark on S2,Β  and S8 is completely blue, S9 having some black markings towards the rear. The female is green but a pale blue form occurs.

Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella

It can be seen May to August near small ponds and streams. Very common throughout Britain except in northern parts of Scotland.

Please click on an image for a larger more detailed view. Clicking a second time may get you a little closer.

Rear garden pond, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.


26 thoughts on “Azure Damselfly

  1. Lovely macros, Pete. They DO look very similar to the blue damselflies I’ve seen when I used to walk in the Botanic Gardens. I daresay only you could tell the difference.

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    • Thank you, Vicki πŸ™‚ Damselflies can be quite tricky to identify, even for me. The males and females can be different, and they can also be different forms to add to the confusion. I have a fairly good reference key to identify species here in Britain, which really helps a lot.


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