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Blue-tailed Damselfly

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A small and delicate insect often overlooked as perhaps the female of some other species as it is not as distinctive as some damselflies.


Blue-tailed Damselfly: give us a ring

Post date: Saturday, 26 July, 2014 - 00:00

The blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans) is such an elegant insect, quite small and delicate with its wings folded away tidily along the length of its body when it is at rest. It deserves the name latin name elegans.

This is a common damselfly in Dorset but because it is dark in colour it can be overlooked as perhaps the female of some other species. The distinctive feature, that blue ring at the end of its tail, stands out quite clearly in both the male and female blue-tailed damselfly although, as always, a word of caution as other species have a similar marking on the tail, notably the emerald damselfly.

This damselfly prefers slow moving or static water and likes to spend a lot of time perched on waterside vegetation. It does not move far from the waters edge. It is quite at home in garden ponds and it was next to our pond that I caught this one.


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

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Common Name Blue-tailed Damselfly
Scientific Name Ischnura elegans
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Species Family Damselflies
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