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 38mm.
Male: The male (see above) is slim and elegant, this pale blue damselfly is usually identified by the black wine glass symbol located on the second abdominal segment. The eighth abdominal segment is pale blue; segment nine has a pale blue background into which is inserted a black square, the blue appearing as a fine frame.
The black on segment six covers ¾ of the segment. The upper surface of the thorax in front of the wings is marked with fine broken (antehumeral) stripes often compared to an exclaimation mark. Occasionally Coenagrion puella has been observed with this form of antehumeral stripe.
Female: It can be seen in two colour forms. The antehumeral stripes are complete. The dark forms upper surface is predominantly black. The segment joints are highlighted by fine grey /green lines. The second abdominal segment carries a closed thistle mark on a green background. The blue colour form has five interrupted blue bands on the leading edge of segments 3 to 7, the narrowest being that on segment 7.
The anterior border of the mark on the second abdominal segment forms a pronounced “W”. For definitive conformation of species, hand held specimens should be scrutinized, in particular the pronotum anterior border should resemble a shallow “W”. Confirmed females are best viewed in tandem with males particularly at sites where the Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) is also known to be present.