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.
[I have a collection of comparison charts to help with the identification of the blue-striped damselflies.]
- 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