Dragonflies and damselflies

Azure damselfly male

Azure damselflies

Azure damselflies are the most commonly seen blue damselfly. These little lines of electric blue are widespread throughout the New Forest and can be spotted in any area near water, especially small ponds, ditches and boggy areas. They also quickly colonise garden ponds. They are also common in the rest of the UK except Scotland.

You do not need to go to any special spot to see azure damselflies: the local pond, a pool on your local walk or even your garden are bound to hold some. The adults fly from May to the end of August. You will see them easily in sunny weather, but if it is cloudy look on the vegetation by the pond and you will probably see some settled there.  

ID tip - They are an electric blue damselfly with some black along the body, but definite identification requires a good look at the shape of the black mark just below where the wings join the body. This black mark is ā€˜Uā€™-shaped. If you see blue damselflies at a small pond or ditch then they are bound to be this species.

Photo credit: Simon Curson

  1. Dragonflies and damselflies
  2. Azure damselflies (you are here)
  3. Beautiful demoiselle
  4. Blue-tailed damselfly
  5. Broad-bodied chasers
  6. Common darter
  7. Emperor dragonfly
  8. Golden-ringed dragonfly
  9. Keeled skimmer
  10. Large red damselfly
  11. Small red damselfly
  12. Southern damselfly
  13. Southern hawker


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