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PICTURE: Azure Blue, Gibraltar Point, NNR, Lincolnshire, May 2011.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is common and widespread throughout the British Isles.

 

WING SPAN: 40mm to 42mm.             BODY LENGTH:  32mm to 33mm.            

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species emerges as early as late April, and can be on the wing from any time after through to late July, or early August.

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid in tandem in vegetation just on, or slightly below the water surface. They take a few weeks to hatch, and feed on small invertebrates amongst submerged vegetation. The larvae are green with brownish wing buds and lamellae. Maturity is attained in about a year in the south, and two years in the north.

HABITAT: Habitats are most types of wetland, including drainage ditches, acidic moor land bogs, pools, ponds, lakes. However it appears to avoid fast flowing streams and rivers.

FOOD PLANT/S: Various species of invertebrates.       STATUS: Resident.

                    

SIMILAR SPECIES: There are other blue damselflies which are very similar in appearance.

       
               
             
               
             
 

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