Blue-tailed Damselfly
Ischnura elegans

A common and fairly widespread damselfly, found throughout the New Forest and East Dorset. However, despite its widespread distribution, it is rarely seen in abundant groups at any one site, and is often seen in isolation.

An interesting species due to its broad array of colour variations in the female form. Colour variations include green, violet and pink / orange.

Both males and females are predominantly black when observed from above, with the characteristic blue tip to the abdomen (abdominal segment 8) clearly visible, even in some of the female forms.

Blue-tailed damselflies first appear in mid May, and can be observed until late August / early September.

   
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Often seen perched on vegetation beside large bodies of water. Common throughout the New Forest and East Dorset. Can be observed at Dunyeats, Ober water, Latchmore Brook, Crockford Stream, Holmsley Wood and most other locations.

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Both males and females are predominantly black when observed from above, with the characteristic blue tip to the abdomen (abdominal segment 8) clearly visible, even in some of the female forms.