Azure Damselfly

Key Sites: Wilson's Pits has the highest recorded population with peak counts of 800 adults in mid to late May. Pitsford Reserve, Titchmarsh Reserve and most other well vegetated, shady water bodies will also yield good numbers.

The Azure is less widespread than the Common Blue due to slightly more restricted habitat requirements, and possible recorder confusion over the two species.

Spotting: Azure and Common Blue will often been seen at the same site, however there are differences in their habitat requirements, and each will be seen in its own habitat niche. Whereas the Common Blue will generally be seen over large expanses of water and on more open sites, the Azure will only be recorded in the more densely vegetated areas along the margins, and hardly ever flies across open water. This allows the Azure to populate smaller well vegetated ponds, that the Common Blue is absent from.

The Azure has more than a passing resemblance to the rare Variable Damselfly, and reports are often received of the latter, that turn out to be Azures. The Variable Damselfly is thought to breed near Peterborough, and may find its way to other sites in the area.

County Status: Not threatened, as habitat requirements are wide.

Mating Wheel, Wilson's pits, June 2005 © Mark Tyrrell

Coenagrion puella

Immature male, Wilson's Pits May 2005 © Mark Tyrrell.

Note how the blue colouration to the thorax has yet to develop.