Description

Length: 33mm

Flight period: May to August (occasionally April)

Both sexes have a small blue line between the eye spots.

Male: anti-humeral stripes are usually broken, like two exclamation marks. S2 has a “wine-goblet” shaped marked, usually joined to the inter-segmental line by its stalk, though this character is quite variable. S8 is blue but S9 is mainly black.

Female: blue with more or less extensive black markings.

Where to See

Latin NameCoenagrion pulchellum
Habitat

Well-vegetated ditches, canals and ponds. Rarely in flowing water.

Status & Distribution

Scattered and uncommon in mainland Britain but widespread and common in Ireland.

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
Family
Identification Notes
  • Male the ante-humeral stripes (on the thorax) are usually broken, like two exclamation marks. Abdomen section 2 has a "wine-goblet" shaped marked although this character is quite variable.
  • Female blue with more or less extensive black markings.
  • Found in well-vegetated ditches, canals and ponds. Rarely in flowing water.
  • Scattered and uncommon in mainland Britain but widespread and common in Ireland.
  • Length: 33mm
  • May – July