Blue-tailed Damselfly or Common Bluetail (Ischnura elegans)

Adults fly from April to early October. The adult damselflies prey on small flying insects, caught using their legs like a basket to scoop the prey up while flying, or insects taken from leaves. Damselfly nymphs are aquatic and prey on small aquatic insects or other aquatic larvae.

A male can try to interfere with a mating pair, by attaching itself to the mating male. The females always lay their eggs on the floating parts of the plants without any involvement of the male.

Blue-tailed Damselflies are superb fliers and can alter each of their four wing’s kinematics in order to manoeuvre. A recent study has shown that they can compensate for a whole wing loss and even successfully manoeuvre and catch prey.

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly

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