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Blue-tailed Damselfly

Ischnura elegans


The Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans, is a European damselfly. Adult male Blue-tailed Damselflies have a head and thorax patterned with blue and black. They have a largely black abdomen with very narrow pale markings where each segment joins the next. Segment eight, however, is entirely pale blue.


Mixed forest near water.


I wonder what kind of damselfly this is. Although it's probably rather commen I've never seen the color mixture (blue tail and red body).

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sttweets 12 years ago

@Auntnance123 Thanks for the suggestion. Although it was helpful I don't think it was correct (most of the Enallagma don't live in Western Europe). It did lead however to the Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans. I'll update the ID.

auntnance123 12 years ago

Just guessing: orange bluet (Enallagma signatum). ran across the name search for an ID for a similar damselfly here in Florida

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Helmond, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Spotted on Jun 24, 2011
Submitted on Jul 15, 2011

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