Mature males always have a blue spot at the "tail" (S8), blue ant-humeral stripes on the thorax and blue eyes. Females vary with at least 5 different colour forms.
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Encyclopedia of British Damselflies
|Common Name||Scientific Name||Description|
|Scarce Emerald Damselfly||Lestes dryas||
The Scarce Emerald Damselfly is a medium sized metallic green insect that usually rests with its... more
|Blue-tailed Damselfly||Ischnura elegans||
Mature males always have a blue spot at the "tail" (S8), blue ant-humeral stripes on the thorax... more
|Dainty Damselfly||Coenagrion scitulum||
Both sexes appear yellowish when viewed from the underside. The pale brown pterostigma is longer... more
|Variable Damselfly||Coenagrion pulchellum||
In the male, the ante-humeral stripes are usually broken, like two exclamation marks. S2 has a "... more
|Small Red Damselfly||Ceriagrion tenellum||
One of our smallest damselflies, this is one of only two red damselfly species in the UK. The... more