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Dainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum)

[ Show Info• Scientific name: Coenagrion scitulum (Rambur, 1842)
• English name: Dainty Bluet
• German name: Gabel-Azurjungfer
• French name: Agrion mignon
• Dutch name: Gaffelwaterjuffer
• Swedish name: Gaffelflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Azzurrina delicata
• Czech name: šidélko huňaté
• Slovenian name: Povodni škratec
• Bulgarian name: Малко пъстриче
• Typical length: 30-33 mm
• Hindwing: 14-20 mm
] | [ Show MapDistribution mapDainty Bluet (Coenagrion scitulum)
Map data based on Kalkman, V. J. & J.-P. Boudot (eds.), Atlas of the Dragonflies of Europe (in prep.)
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The Dainty Bluet is one of a trio of very similar-looking Mediterranean species of the genus Coenagrion, the other two being C. caerulescens and C. mercuriale. Coenagrion scitulum is a small, black-and-blue damselfly which is fairly widely distributed throughout Iberia and France and has scattered populations in Italy, the Balkans and Greece. But given its first-time-ever observation in the South of the Netherlands in 2003, the species may well be extending its range northwards from its Mediterranean home. Its main distinguishing features include the pale pterostigma, a preference for stagnant rather than running waters, and the thin black dorsal line on the female's S8. For a comparison of the male appendages in these three species, hover your mouse pointer hereNote: In Coenagrion scitulum the male's upper appendages are very thin and clearly curved inwards..

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