Azure Damselfly Female © David Kitching - showing coenagrion spur, pale blue colouration and extensive black on abdomen
Azure Damselfly Female © David Kitching - showing the usual green colouration with extensive black markings.
Azure Damselfly Male © Val Perrin - showing U-shape on segment 2 (side view) and coenagrion spur
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The male has a characteristic flat-bottomed "U" shaped mark on S2. S8 is blue and S9 has black markings towards the rear. The female is green or pale blue with extensive black markings.
Flight Period: May (April) - September
Spotting on the back of the head (one of several species). Easily confused with Variable Damselfly larvae.
Small ponds and streams and sometimes at the edges of larger water bodies..
Status & Distribution
Very common throughout the British Isles except the northern half of Scotland.
This species is easily confused with the other members of the genus Coenagrion and with the Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum . Look at S2 (on the males) for distinguishing characters. The females can be particularly tricky to distinguish apart.