Coenagrion scitulum (Dainty Bluet/Dainty Damselfly)

These delicate little creatures were thought to be extinct in the UK but now there seems to have been a small colony in Kent rediscovered. Ours are from our favourite southern French campsite, though I fear a recent switch to intensive farming of Koi Carp has now eradicated them at that site, too. If my fears are realized, it’s very sad. 🙁

The only really confusing look-alike to C. scitulum (with 2½ black abdominal segments at S5-7) is C. caerulescens, which I have yet to find.

Id Notes

  • long, pale pterostigmas
  • ♂ – fancifully described “cat’s head” or “tuning fork” black mark on S2
  • ♂ – S3-5 ~half black, S6&7 all black
  • ♀ green-brown to blue with abdominal dorsal markings resembling torpedoes
male
female
in tandem
in cop
ovipositing

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