Coenagrion – Eurasian Bluets – Azure and Variable Bluets


25. Variable Bluet – Coenagrion pulchellum –  UK – European Dragonfly photo

The Azure Bluet – Azure Damselfly ( Coneagrion puella ) is relatively abundant in the U K compared to the relative scarcity of the Variable Bluet – Variable Damsefly(Coenagrion pulchellum ) as the latter may favour waters in peaty or clay areas.  Superficially they look similar and are easily confused. Photographs below of both species show the key differences on classic specimens but again the mark on Segment 2 of the body of each species is perhaps the most helpful indicator. It should be stressed however that the Variable Bluet gets its vernacular name for a good reason. I was very lucky to have my attention drawn to both species sitting next to each other and managed to get the third photograph below!


These are shown in the arrow diagrams below for each species.



Coenagrion pulchellum - Coenagrion puella combo W-700x483

Crockford 2

 Coenagrion pulchellum Variable Bluet (m) D6 A CS5-1-700x1078


Coenagrion pulchellum Variable Bluet (m) D7 A CS5-1-700x477

Coenagrion pulchellum

Coenagrion pulchellum (f) Variable Bluet WP S 396 CS5

Coenagrion pulchellum (in tandem) Variable Bluet WP 8-4470

Coenagrion pulchellum Variable Bluet (in cop) 5-1-700x854

 Coenagrion pulchellum (in cop) Variable Bluet WP 8-4518

Coenagrion puella (m) Azure Bluet 8-0724.jpg

Coenagrion puella (m) Azure Bluet A-1.jpg

Coenagrion puella (m) Azure Damselfly D 4171 A.jpg

Coenagrion puella (in cop) Azure Bluet D 4481-A.jpg

Coenagrion puella Coenagrion pulchellum (ovi) WP 8-4459