Description

Pale Damselfly with obvious broad pale legs.

Male: Pale blue with black markings.

Female: Pale yellow-green with black markings.

Where to See

Latin NamePlatycnemis pennipes
Habitat

Mainly found along slow-flowing lowland streams and rivers, sometimes on canals or ponds.

Status & Distribution

Uncommon, though can be locally abundant on rivers and canals in southern England and a few sites in Wales.

Similar Species

May be confused with other blue and black species of Damselfly.

Look for:

  • Pale legs.
  • Lack of black markings.
Species GroupDamselflies
Identification Notes
  • Length: 36mm
  • Limited black markings.
  • Obvious broad pale legs.
  • Pale brown pterostigma (wing spots).
  • Ante-humeral stripes are quite broad with narrow, paler stripes below and a medial pale line on the thorax.
  • Male: Pale blue with black markings.
  • Female: Pale yellow-green with black markings. 

     

Flight PeriodWhite-legged Damselfly
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