Common and widespread Damselfly species.

Male: blue with black markings.

Female: green or pale blue with more extensive black markings.


Where to See

Latin NameCoenagrion puella

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.

Similar Species

Can be easily confused with other damselflies of the Genus Coenagrion and with the Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum.

Species specific features include:

  • Coenagrion spur
  • Thin thorax markings
  • Male’s ‘U’ shaped thorax marking
Species GroupDamselflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 33mm
  • Two thin blue/pale antehumeral stripe on the back of the thorax.
  • Coenagrion spur present (black line extending part way along the side of the thorax)
  • Male: look for flat-bottomed “U” shaped mark on S2 (just below the wing base).


Flight PeriodAzure Damselfly
Larval Information

Spotting on the back of the head (one of several species). Easily confused with Variable Damselfly larvae.