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(Ischnura pumilio)

Telling Tails

The Scarce Blue-tailed is a small damselfly usually found in shallow wetland sites such as bog pools or slow-flowing water fed by seepages and flushes.

Males have a black abdomen with green or blue sides and a small patch of blue near the tip covering segments eight and nine. They fly low over water in sunny & warm conditions, often perching on emergent vegetation such as Water St. John's Wort.

Females are either greeny when mature and can be observed ovipositing into the base of emergent vegetation. They are a stunning, vibrant orange in the immature aurantiaca phase., although very fresh individuals appear pink. The transitional phase just before maturity is a striking mix of orange and green.


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