Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly

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Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly
Ischnura pumilio M.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Coenagrionidae
Genus: Ischnura
Species: I.pumilio
Binomial name
Ischnura pumilio

The Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly or Small Bluetail, Ischnura pumilio, is a member of the damselfly family Coenagrionidae.

Immature female

The typical male has a black abdomen with a bright blue spot on tail (segments 8 and 9).[1] It is very similar to the Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans but on that species the blue spot is mostly on segment 8.[2] Females undergo a change of colour as they mature. The immature female is bright orange, the aurantiaca phase, but matures to a greenish-brown.


  1. ^ British Dragonfly Society. "Ischnura pumilio - Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly". 
  2. ^ British Dragonfly Society. "Ischnura elegans - Blue-tailed Damselfly".