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Azure Damselfly; Caballito del Diablo azul

Coenagrion puella


The Azure's damselfly has an abdomen thin and elongated. Males of this species have a curious widening on the second abdominal segment, which has a drawing in a horseshoe shape, and have divided the cells after the pterostigma (the dark cell from the edge of the wings). Males are bright blue, while females are pale green with black markings of abdominal segments more extended. The wings are so fine that they are almost invisible when the animal is perched on a branch. They fly between mediated spring and half of the summer. The females lay eggs on aquatic plants, which can descend up to fifty centimetres below the water. The larvae are aquatic and undergo several molts. They feed on submerged vegetation and small invertebrates


Mountain river. Pine tree forest. Parque Natural de Gredos


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/320 sec.; f/9; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias:0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired.

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Castilla y León, Spain

Lat: 40.34, Long: -5.17

Spotted on Jun 20, 2014
Submitted on Jun 1, 2015

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