Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans

The blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans) is a species of damselfly that can be found in Asia and Europe. Its range includes Albania, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, among many other areas. It can be found near many still and slow moving water source including salt waters, but is not found near acidic waters.

The blue-tailed damselfly varies in appearance depending upon the sex, with males holding black and blue patterns and females varying in color depending upon the age. Young females can be light purple, pink, or light green in color, while adult females are typically blue or brownish-green in color. The aquatic larvae of this species consume the larvae of other species, while adults feed on small flying insects. Adults can be seen perching with wings slightly parted or closed.

The blue-tailed damselfly is common throughout its range and is able to persist in many times of habitats. Because of this, it does not require any conservation efforts. It appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

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