The Azure Damselfly
The Azure Damselfly can be slightly more localised than other blue varieties; however once located they can be observed in quite large numbers.
They are best seen in late May and early June when they are at their most active and colourful but they can be seen on the wing from late April in a warm spring to early May right through to late August.
The Azure Damselfly can be seen on a wide range of mainly still waters but can also be encountered on the slower sections of rivers and streams.
They are often seen at the same sites as other blue varieties; however identication can be difficult without a close inspection.
The best way to tell the male blue varieties of damselfy apart is by the shape of the markings on the top of the abdomen just behind the wings on segment 2.
Each species having a distinct and a unique pattern, the Azure Damselfly having a fine "U" shaped mark which has no stem.
It could be easily confused with the Variable Damselfly which has darker markings and a far more prominent wine glass mark on segment 2. It is best to identify the females whilst in the presence of a male as it is very similar in appearance to the female Common Blue damselfly.