Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella

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Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella, Mostly males, female Azures along with most other female odonates shy away from water where males congregate, until they are ready to mate.

  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P1381
    Male, Kempston Back Channel
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P3583
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P1382
    Male, Kempston Back Channel
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P1384
    Male, Kempston Back Channel
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P1982
    Male in flight, investigating a Red-eyed Damselfly at Felmersham NR
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P2348
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P2789
    Immature male, Kempston Mill
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P2839
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P3583
    Male, Marston Vale Millennium Country Park
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P3633
    Immature Female, Coronation Pit
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P4922
    Ovipositing pair, Marston Thrift
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P4940
    A group of pairs in tandem
  • Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella:  A3P4956
    Female, Marston Thrift
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Main Features

Classification:

Odonata        
Zygoptera     Damselflies
  Coenagrionidae   Blue or red damselflies

The male is similar to the other blue damselflies, the female has both green and blue forms.

The male has a characteristic "U" marking on the second segment, both males and females have 2 black stripes on the side of the thorax.

The wings are sometimes held at an angle when at rest rather than closed.

Segment 2 Segment 2 of a male Azure, showing the "U" marking.

Habitat

Prefers ponds and slow rivers with plenty of vegetation.

Where to see

Common along the River Great Ouse at Kempston Back Channel, also at Felmersham NR and Marston Thrift.

Visible from early May to early September.