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Blue tailed damselfly

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Odonata
Family  Coenagrionidae
Scientific name  Ischnura elegans
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Suborder  Zygoptera
Genus  Ischnura
Higher classification  Ischnura
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Similar  Ischnura, Odonate, Azure damselfly, Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum

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The blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans) is a European damselfly.

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Blue tailed damselfly


Males

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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. At rest, the wings of most damselfly species are held back together, unlike dragonflies, which rest with their wings out flat. The thorax of juvenile males has a green tinge. A male can try to interfere with a mating pair, by attaching itself to the mating male.

Female forms

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Female blue-tailed Damselflies come in a variety of colour forms. Juveniles may be salmon pink, form rufescens; violet, form violacea and a pale green form. The colour darkens as the damselfly ages. Mature females may be blue like the male, form typica; olive green thorax and brown spot, form infuscans or pale brown thorax and brown spot, form infusca-obseleta.


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Damselfly nymphs are aquatic, and prey on small aquatic insects or other aquatic larvae. The adult damselflies prey on small flying insects, caught using their legs like a basket to scoop the prey up while flying, or insects taken from leaves.

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References

Blue-tailed damselfly Wikipedia


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