Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella

    Description

    Best distinguished from the similar Common Blue Damselfly by the thinner blue stripes on its thorax. The female is much darker with mainly black markings on its abdomen interspersed with greenish rings.

    Similar Species

    The Common Blue Damselfly has thicker antehumeral stripes. Male Variable Damselflies usually have antehumeral stripes broken like an exclamation mark, however females are require careful examination of the body patterns to be distinguished.

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    Habitat

    Well-vegetated, sheltered habits are favoured, but these may take the form of ponds, small to medium sized lakes, slow-flowing rivers, canals and garden pools, but also along hedgebanks and woodland rides.

    When to see it

    May to August

    Life History

    It has a one year life cycle, most of which is spent in the larval stage. The larvae sit amongst underwater vegetation and grab prey as it passes by, particularly midge larvae and small crustaceans.

    UK Status

    Possibly the commonest of the blue damselflies. It is common in England and Wales, scarcer towards Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    The Azure Damselfly is common and widely distributed in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    The Azure Damselfly is widely distributed in VC 55, finding a variety of habitats suitable to its needs. Well-vegetated, sheltered habits are favoured, but these may take the form of ponds, small to medium sized lakes, slow-flowing rivers, canals and garden pools. Historical distribution mirrors these liberal preferences.

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