Welcome to my new style narrative, the content of which has been kindly written and supplied by Ken Crick. The narrative is intended to give an insight into the life cycle and characteristics of the featured species.
Size: - Approximate Length 33mm - Wing Span 41mm.
Male: - Slim and elegant this pale blue damselfly is usually identified by the black “u” symbol located on the second abdominal segment. The 8th abdominal segment is pale blue; segment 9 has pale blue background with another truncated black “u” at its base. The upper surface of the thorax in front of the wings is marked with fine (antehumeral) stripes. Immature males exhibit all the above black markings with pale violet pigmentation that will become blue with sexual maturity.
Female: - Can be seen in two colour forms. The green forms upper surface is predominantly black. The segment joints are highlighted by fine green lines. The second abdominal segment carries a closed thistle mark. The blue colour form has four interrupted blue bands on the leading edge of segments 3 to 6, with the same closed thistle mark. Females are best viewed in tandem with males particularly at sites where the Variable Damselfly is also known to be present.