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Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)

The most common and abundant blue Damselfly found near a most diverse range of water habitats both still and flowing with a long season for observation. This species will be on the wing during June, July and August with overlap either side. Easily recognised by the broad blue antehumeral stripes on the thorax and abdominal segment 2 which has a stalked spot. .

Portraits showing the key features of this most abundant damselfly in Shropshire ....

Common Blue Damselfly male VP 4 6 11  IMG_2059






Another male, stalked spot on S2 and broad antehumeral stripes clearly seen....

Common Blue Damselfly




The female with a thistle shaped black mark on segment 2 and extensive black marks on all the other segments. Different base colours are seen, blue form here.....

Common Blue Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly female VP 4 6 11  IMG_2080




A female eating small insect prey, despite their small size, they are fearsome predators .....

Common Blue Damselfly female eating small fly  VP 4 6 11 IMG_2063




Seen in close up.....

Common Blue Damselfly female eating small fly VP 4 6 11 IMG_2066




A pair in tandem mating.....

sbgallery Common Blue Damselfly pair in tandem Berrington 24 7 10 MG_3234




Another pair in the 'wheel' position.....

Common Blue Damselfly pair mating wheel position  Titerstone Clee 26 6 11 IMG_2089




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