Male azure damselfly
The male azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) looks superficially similar to a number of other blue damselflies. It can be told apart from the common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) by the pattern of black stripes on the side of the thorax (the common blue has fewer), the thinner blue 'antehumeral' stripes on the top of the thorax and the u-shaped black marking on the second abdominal segment (all visible to some extent in this picture). The damselfly is pictured on Alchemilla mollis.
Technical Information: Photographed with a Minolta Dimage Z1.|
Copyright Richard Burkmar 2004. Permission is hereby granted for anyone to use this image for non-commercial purposes which are of benefit to the natural environment. School pupils, students, teachers and educators are invited to use and reproduce the image freely. The photographer should be credited where practicable. Use for commercial purposes is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the copyright holder.|
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