Azure Damselfly

Name: Azure Damselfly

Scientific name: Coenagrion puella

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: A small blue damselfly, about 6 cm long. Pale blue with bands of black along the body. A very common damsefly, found around most water bodies and can also be found away from breeding sites in grassland and woodland. On the wing from the end of May through to August.

How to identify: To identify the small blue damselflies, of which there are seven species in Britain, you should concentrate on the pattern on the first segment of the body on the males, just behind the thorax. In Azure Damselfly, this segment is blue with a black U-shape.

Where: Widespread, but absent from northern Scotland.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 60
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 40

Fantastic fact: One of the commonest damselflies in Europe, found right the way from Scandinavia to North Africa.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc


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comments

  • Tealex
    • Date: 2014-07-12 11:13:27
    • Tealex

    Since we have a pond, I often see lots of mini beasts. One morning this week before school mum called me in to the garden to see this beautiful creature. I'll be looking out for more.

  • Fulmarulos
    • Date: 2013-09-22 22:11:22
    • Fulmarulos

    This damselfly is very pretty and looks like a baby dragonfly.

  • Dolphita
    • Date: 2012-10-31 13:48:13
    • Dolphita

    they look just like dragon flys but yeah they are pretty

  • Avocetiga
    • Date: 2012-03-12 16:54:34
    • Avocetiga

    I really lie azure damselflies, they have a absolutely striking electric blue colour and they look pretty when they are flying around the water.

  • Ottero
    • Date: 2010-08-26 17:04:53
    • Ottero

    I love azure damselflies, the colour looks really nice when they dart about over the water.