Enallagma cyathigerum - Common Blue Damsel

Phylum: Arthropoda - Class: Insecta - Order: Odonata - Family: Coenagriidae

Common blue damsel, male

This is the damselfly that is seen most often on lakes and ponds in summer. The male, shown above, fully justifies the adjective 'blue'.

Common Blue damselfly on a boardwalk

In contrast the female is a less conspicuous insects with green-and-black body colouring.

Common blue damsel, male
A female Common Blue Damsel photographed in southern England by Simon Harding.

Mating damselflies form what is often referred to as a 'damsel wheel.

Damsel wheel

Paired damselflies can be seen flitting over the water surface and then settling on a floating plant leaf so that the female can dip her oviposotor into the water, attaching eggs to the edge of the leaf.

Egg-laying Common Blue Damselflies

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