Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Blue-Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

Adult Blue-tailed Damselfly (subspecies I. e. elegens) at Geddington, Northants - July 2010

OTHER NAMES: Common Bluetip, Common Bluetip
Featured Subspecies: Ischnura elegans elegans
Length: 30mm
Wingspan: 40mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Another blue damselfly, this one is more distinctive than most - note the black body and blue band on the tail. The females come in a wide variety of colour forms which may complicate identification.  This is one of the most widespread odonata species in the UK, found in almost every corner of the British Isles other than mountainous areas.

Related Species:
Family: Coenagrionidae
Genus: Ischnura
SUBSPECIES: I. e. aurantica, I. e. ebneri, I. e. elegans, I. e. marquardti, I. e. mortoni, I. e. pontica, I. e. rufescens

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in Geddington and various other sites
Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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