Length: 32mm

At first glance, both sexes resemble Blue-tailed Damselfly rather than other Coenagrion species. The pale brown pterostigma is longer than in other Coenagrion species.
The male has no ante-humeral stripes and a black abdomen except for blue markings on S1-3 and S8-9. The anal appendages are particularly long.
The female has greenish ante-humeral stripes and markings on S1-2 and S9 similar to the male.

Where to See

Latin NameCoenagrion armatum

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

Status & Distribution

Extinct in Britain, probably due to habitat loss. Last recorded in Norfolk in 1957.

Similar Species

This species can be confused with other members of the genus Coenagrion or with the Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans.

Species GroupDamselflies