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Agrion élégant (Ischnura elegans)

• Scientific name: Ischnura elegans (Vander Linden, 1820)
• English name: Common Bluetail
• German name: Grosse Pechlibelle
• French name: Agrion élégant
• Dutch name: Lantaarntje
• Swedish name: Större kustflickslända
• Norwegian name: Kystvannymfe
• Finnish name: Hoikkatytönkorento
• Danish name: Stor farvevandnymfe
• Italian name: Codazzurra comune
• Czech name: šidélko větší
• Slovenian name: Modri kresničar
• Bulgarian name: Синевърхо бръсниче
• Typical length: 30-34 mm
• Hindwing: 14-21 mm

Agrion élégant (Ischnura elegans)

Distribution map

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

The Common Bluetail is one of the commonest and most abundant damselfly species in Europe. Its range covers pretty much all of Europe, except for parts of Iberia (where it's replaced by the Iberian Bluetail), the North of Scandinavia, and some Mediterranean islands (where it's replaced by the Island or Oasis Bluetails). Ischnura elegans is a small and slender damselfly. Its main distinguishing features include the upright front edge to the male's pronotum, the black abdomen which in males and some females carries a striking, usually uninterrupted, blue tail-light on S8 (while in some other female colour forms S8 is rusty brown), the bi-coloured pterostigma in the male's forewings, and the variety in the female colour forms (for examples of the five colour forms, see our photographs).

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