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______________________________________Dragonflies and Damselflies 49 Variable Damselflies

 

 

 

 

VARIABLE DAMSELFLY Coenagrion pulchellum (m)

 

 

VARIABLE DAMSELFLY Coenagrion pulchellum (m)

 

 

VARIABLE DAMSELFLY Coenagrion pulchellum (m)

 

 

VARIABLE DAMSELFLY Coenagrion pulchellum (m)

 

 

VARIABLE DAMSELFLY Coenagrion pulchellum (m)

 

 

VARIABLE DAMSELFLY Coenagrion pulchellum (m)

 

         The Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum may be found at well-vegetated (usually) still-water sites, for example the fen in Norfolk where these photographs were taken. The broken ante-humeral stripes are only normally seen on males. Caution is required when separating several similar species that may be prone to variation in their markings, particularly the very widely distributed and common Azure Damselfly C. puella (illustrated elsewhere on this web site). A knowledge of the distribution of the rarer Coenagrion species will be helpful too. The rear of the prothorax of this species has characteristic indentations (see 4th photograph). The use of a well-illustrated reference book is to be advised, particularly in the light of recent range-expansions by continental European species.

 

 

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