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Ивичесто пъстриче (Coenagrion pulchellum)

• English name: Variable Bluet
• German name: Fledermaus-Azurjungfer
• French name: Agrion joli
• Dutch name: Variabele waterjuffer
• Swedish name: Mörk lyrflickslända
• Norwegian name: Variabel blåvannymfe
• Finnish name: Sirotytönkorento
• Danish name: Flagermus-vandnymfe
• Italian name: Azzurrina variabile
• Czech name: šidélko širokoskvrnné
• Slovenian name: Suhljati škratec
• Bulgarian name: Ивичесто пъстриче

Ивичесто пъстриче (Coenagrion pulchellum)

Distribution map Coenagrion pulchellum

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


General • a small species, fairly common in Central and Northern Europe but much rarer in the South; the black markings on the thorax and abdomen are subject to considerable variation; similar to C. puella
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Coenagrionidae
Scientific name Coenagrion pulchellum (Vander Linden, 1825)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Habitat • any pond or lake, especially with non-acidic water
Dimensions • typical body length: 34-38 mm; hindwing: 16-23 mm
Both sexesWings• the pterostigma is uniformly dark grey to black
MaleThorax➤ the narrow antehumeral stripe is heavily constricted or even interrupted so that effectively it resembles an exclamation mark
 Abdomen• the abdomen has a Y-shaped mark on S2
  ➤ the amount of black dorsally on S3, S4 and S5 tends to increase, with a minimum of about 20% on S3 to 25% on S4 to 30% on S5
  • in side view the lower part of S3-S5 bears long black lines
FemaleThorax➤ the hind margin of the pronotum has two deep incisions, creating three separate 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 Italy, Northern France and the Netherlands

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the female's pronotum in dorsal and lateral view.

Coenagrion pulchellum; thorax
Note: By contrast, the antehumeral stripe in C. puella is uninterrupted and unconstricted.

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. pulchellum the hind margin of the pronotum has two deep incisions, creating three separate lobes.

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

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Ивичесто пъстриче (Coenagrion pulchellum) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Da361 16/05/2014 15:45 France F8 1/60 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ивичесто пъстриче (Coenagrion pulchellum) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Da362 19/06/2016 10:23 Sweden F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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3 / 20; PhotoID: Da363 25/05/2010 11:24 Italy F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ивичесто пъстриче (Coenagrion pulchellum) ⚤

4 / 20; PhotoID: Da367 26/04/2011 14:55 Netherlands F5.6 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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5 / 20; PhotoID: Da368 16/05/2014 16:52 France F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ивичесто пъстриче (Coenagrion pulchellum) ♂

6 / 20; PhotoID: Da369 24/06/2016 15:08 Sweden F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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7 / 20; PhotoID: Da370 16/05/2014 14:48 France F8 1/90 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ивичесто пъстриче (Coenagrion pulchellum) ♂

8 / 20; PhotoID: Da371 15/05/2014 15:08 France F8 1/45 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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9 / 20; PhotoID: Da372 27/04/2008 12:46 Italy F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Da373 15/05/2014 15:27 France F8 1/90 180mm ISO400 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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11 / 20; PhotoID: Da374 16/05/2014 16:26 France F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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12 / 20; PhotoID: Da375 13/04/2014 10:42 Italy F8 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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13 / 20; PhotoID: Da376 20/05/2008 09:08 Greece F5.6 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Da377 07/05/2018 12:07 Netherlands F8 1/500 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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15 / 20; PhotoID: Da463 30/06/2008 17:28 Finland F5.6 1/90 180mm ISO200 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ивичесто пъстриче (Coenagrion pulchellum) ♂

16 / 20; PhotoID: Da464 13/05/2009 11:12 Germany F8 1/20 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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17 / 20; PhotoID: Da465 20/06/2016 15:29 Sweden F8 1/640 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Da466 28/04/2011 14:04 Netherlands F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Ивичесто пъстриче (Coenagrion pulchellum) ♂

19 / 20; PhotoID: Da467 04/05/2016 12:36 France F8 1/200 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Da468 28/04/2011 14:08 Netherlands F8 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF