Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)

Adult Common Blue Damselfly (subspecies E. c. cyathigerum) at Geddington, Northants - August 2011

OTHER NAMES: Northern Bluet, Common Bluet
Featured Subspecies: Enallagma cyathigerum cyathigerum
Length: 32-35mm
Wingspan: 36-42mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

As the name suggests, this damselfly is both common and blue. It is very similar to the Azure damselfly, but can be differentiated by some subtle differences in markings. It's probably the most common damselfly most people will encounter, and, for that matter, of any sort of dragonfly.

Related Species:
Family: Coenagrionidae
Genus: Enallagma
SUBSPECIES: E. c. antiquum, E. c. cyathigerum, E. c. mongolicium, E. c. vernale

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species which is seen in Summer
 - Seen in GeddingtonWellingboroughPitsford and various other sites

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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