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Coenagrion ornatum

• Scientific name: Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850)
• English name: Ornate Bluet
• German name: Vogel-Azurjungfer
• French name: Agrion orné
• Dutch name: Vogelwaterjuffer
• Swedish name: Fågelflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Azzurrina balcanica
• Czech name: šidélko ozdobné
• Slovenian name: Koščični škratec
• Bulgarian name: Ручейно пъстриче
• Typical length: 30-31 mm
• Hindwing: 17-24 mm

Coenagrion ornatum

Distribution map

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies

To photograph the Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum) we travelled to the South of Germany, although the species' European base lies mainly in the South-East. At first sight the male looks a bit like a male Erythromma lindenii, sharing that species' spear-shaped abdominal markings. But the shape of the mark on the second segment is quite different and resembles a trident. What's more, a close-up look reveals the basis for the species' scientific and common names: the hind margins of the postocular spots are markedly ragged (toothed). Other characteristics include the heavy body build of the female, which even in the field looks quite robust indeed. Coenagrion ornatum proved quite a tricky species to photograph; skittish, wary and with a tendency to sit down low in the streamside vegetation. [Update: in July 2015 we managed to find and photograph a few males of the species in Greece; see below.]

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