Azure Bluet
(Coenagrion puella)

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The Azure Bluet has a fairly long and slender build. This black-and-blue or - in the case of some females - black-and-green damselfly is probably the commonest and most widely distributed of all European Bluet species, extending its range from Southern Scandinavia all the way down to the Mediterranean. Coenagrion puella's main distinguishing features include its thin but uninterrupted antehumeral stripe, the U-shaped mark on the male's S2, and the long, thin lines which run along the sides of the male's abdomen. However, the Azure Bluet can easily be confused with the less common Variable Bluet (Coenagrion pulchellum).

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the male's head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view.

For an overview of the Azure Bluet's distribution in Europe, hover your mouse pointer over the map symbol European distribution. With the editors' permission we have based this map on data to be published in Kalkman, V. J. & J.-P. Boudot (eds.), Atlas of the Dragonflies of Europe (in prep.).

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Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) - male. PhotoID: Da123. Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) - immature female. PhotoID: Da278. Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) - copula. PhotoID: Da279. Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) - male. PhotoID: Da280. Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) - immature male. PhotoID: Da294.
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Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) - immature male. PhotoID: Da295. Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) - male. PhotoID: Da296. Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) - immature male. PhotoID: Da297. Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) - copula. PhotoID: Da298. Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella) - female. PhotoID: Da299.
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