Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum

Common Blue Damselfly Wheel
Common Blue Damselflies coupled in heart
The Common Blue Damselfly occurs throughout the UK and through most of Europe except the far north. The blue male is shown above in a heart with the pale olive green female.
Common Blue Damselfly male
Common Blue Damselfly male
Common Blue Damselfly male
The blue male is bluer than the similar Azure Damselfly. On the second segment of the abdomen, he has a distinctive roundish black blob linked to a black line.
Common Blue Damselfly male Common Blue male, always blue.
Common Blue Damselfly female Common Blue female - colour is variable.
Common Blue Damselfly female There is a less common blue form of the female, shown coupled with the male above. She has less blue on her body than he does.
Common Blue Damselfly male
Common Blue Damselfly male
Common Blue Damselfly male
Some Common Blues (in several of the above photos) tend towards "whitelegged-ism" since they have a pale stripe on the leg, but the blue male White-legged Damselfly looks very different with much more white on the legs and a different pattern on the back.