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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella)

• English name: Azure Bluet
• German name: Hufeisen-Azurjungfer
• French name: Agrion jouvencelle
• Dutch name: Azuurwaterjuffer
• Swedish name: Ljus lyrflickslända
• Norwegian name: Sørlig blåvannymfe
• Finnish name: Eteläntytönkorento
• Danish name: Hestesko-vandnymfe
• Italian name: Azzurrina comune
• Czech name: šidélko páskované
• Slovenian name: Travniški škratec
• Bulgarian name: Обикновено пъстриче

Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella)

Distribution map Coenagrion puella

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


General • a small species, very common throughout Europe except Northern Scandinavia and Crete; similar to C. pulchellum
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Coenagrionidae
Scientific name Coenagrion puella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Habitat • any well-vegetated pond or lake
Dimensions • typical body length: 33-35 mm; hindwing: 15-24 mm
Both sexesWings• the pterostigma is uniformly dark grey to black
MaleThorax➤ the antehumeral stripe is thin but uninterrupted
 Abdomen• the abdomen has a U-shaped mark on S2
  ➤ the amount of black dorsally on S3, S4 and S5 is often a constant 20% or so of the total lengths of S3, S4 and S5
  • in side view the lower part of S3-S5 bears long black lines
FemaleThorax➤ the hind margin of the pronotum has two weak incisions, creating three wavy lobes; see also the LineDrawing below
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is mostly black with some coloured spots at the segment borders
Photographs • most of our photos below were made in Tuscany

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

Coenagrion puella; thorax
Note: By contrast, the antehumeral stripe in C. pulchellum is typically interrupted or heavily constricted.

Coenagrion puella (top) and C. pulchellum (bottom); abdomen, male
Note the increasing amount of black on S3, S4 and S5 in C. pulchellum.

Twelve Coenagrion species; pronotum, female
Note: In C. puella the hind margin of the pronotum has two weak incisions, creating three wavy lobes.

Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)
Male head, thorax and abdomen in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

Azure Bluet (Coenagrion puella)
Female pronotum in dorsal and lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2017 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♀

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ⚤

2 / 20; PhotoID: Da072 30/05/2015 15:05 Italy F9 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♂

3 / 20; PhotoID: Da090 03/05/2007 13:08 Italy F5.6 1/100 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ⚤

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♂

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♂

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♀

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♂

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♂

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♀

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ⚤

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♂

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♂

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Ljus lyrflickslända (Coenagrion puella) ♀

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