Coenagrion puella - Azure Damselfly

Phylum: Arthropoda - Class: Insecta - Order: Odonata - Family: Coenagriidae

Azure Damselfly, male

This lovely damselfly is often seen on garden ponds in summer. The male, shown above, is often confused with the Common Blue Damselfly.

Azure Damselfly,egg-laying pairs

In contrast the female usually has a greenish-blue body and is very different from the black-bodied female of the Common Blue Damselfly Enalagma cyathigerum.

Azure Damselflies in a 'wheel'

Mating damselflies form what is often referred to as a 'damsel wheel' - an example can be seen above. Paired damselflies can be seen flitting over the water surface and then settling on a floating plant leaf so that after mating the female can dip her oviposotor into the water, attaching eggs to the edge of the leaf.

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