Description

Small damselfly only found in Kent. Blue and black with green-yellow underside markings.

Male: “wine-goblet” shaped marking on segment 2 below the wing base.

Female: “rocket-shaped” markings on the abdomen.

 

 

 

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Latin NameCoenagrion scitulum
Habitat

Open but well-vegetated waters. It can tolerate some salinity.

Status & Distribution

Found in Essex during 1946–1952, when its known breeding sites were then destroyed during the catastrophic floods of winter 1952–53. Recently (June 2010) re-discovered in Kent, where apparently breeding (two exuviae found).

Similar Species

This species is easily confused with the other members of the genus Coenagrion and with the Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum.

To separate this species look for the following features:

  • Green-yellow colouring on the underside.
  • Thin antehumeral stripes on the top of the thorax.
  • Male: “wine-goblet” shaped marking on segment 2 below the wing base.
  • Female: “rocket-shaped” markings on the abdomen.
Species GroupDamselflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 32mm
  • Blue and black with green-yellow coloration on the underside.
  • Thin antehumeral stripes on the top of the thorax.
  • Long pale brown pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Male: “wine-goblet” shaped marking on segment 2 below the wing base.
  • Female: “rocket-shaped” markings on the abdomen.
Flight PeriodDainty Damselfly

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