Thursday, 23 July 2015

Azure damselfly

The azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) is perhaps less common than the common blue but there are still a lot of them around. The male has a narrower shoulder stripe than the common blue and an extra short black line on the thorax - the coenagrion spur.

These I think are immature males.

Females are mostly green and are harder to find.

And this is an immature female, I think.

Here are mating pairs.

Here they are ovipositing en masse.

Here is an ovipositing pair of azure damselflies on the left and a pair of common blues on the right.

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