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Dainty Damselfly- Coenagrion scitulum

One of the smallest species of Coenagrion and quite abundant at this site (shown below the previous image in this set). This insect is a male.

 

The species went extinct in the UK as a result of the great sea floods of 1953 so it was an exciting moment when an 'odd-looking blue damselfly' photographed in June of this year on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent was identified as C. scitulum. Exuviae were later found at a nearby site so clearly there is a breeding population in Kent and one can but hope that it will become permanently established.

  

France, Brenne, Lureuil, 22/06/2010.

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Taken on June 22, 2010