Description

Small blue and black damselfly only found in Kent.

Male: “wine-goblet” , bar or crescent marking on segment 2 below the wing base.

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

Where to See

Weight3
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. Look at S2 (on the males) for distinguishing characters. The females can be particularly tricky to distinguish apart.

Species GroupDamselflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 32mm
  • Appear yellowish when viewed from the underside.
  • Longer pale brown pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Male: “wine-goblet” , bar or crescent marking on segment 2 below the wing base.
  • Female: “rocket-shaped” markings on the abdomen.
Flight PeriodDainty Damselfly
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