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Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum)

• English name: Ornate Bluet
• German name: Vogel-Azurjungfer
• French name: Agrion orné
• Dutch name: Vogelwaterjuffer
• Swedish name: Fågelflickslända
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Azzurrina balcanica
• Czech name: šidélko ozdobné
• Slovenian name: Koščični škratec
• Bulgarian name: Ручейно пъстриче

Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum)

Not present
Present before 1990
Present after 1990

Present before and after 1990
Present after 2015

Distribution map Coenagrion ornatum

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies


General • a small species which occurs mainly in south-eastern Europe, with scattered populations further north and west
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Coenagrionidae
Conservation status • IUCN Red List Europe: Near Threatened
Scientific name Coenagrion ornatum (Selys, 1850)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Habitat • well-vegetated streams and ditches
Dimensions • typical body length: 30-31 mm; hindwing: 17-24 mm
Both sexesHead➤ the hind margins of the postocular spots are markedly ragged (toothed)
 Wings• the pterostigma is uniformly dark grey to black
MaleAbdomen➤ the black mark on S2 resembles a trident, while the markings on S3-S5 are spear-shaped
FemaleThorax• the hind margin of the pronotum has a small, notched lobe in the middle; see also the LineDrawing below
 Abdomen➤ the top of the abdomen is mostly black, but with extensive sky-blue spots on S3-S7
Photographs • all of our photos below were made in Bavaria and on the Peloponnese

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the female's pronotum in dorsal and lateral view.

Twelve Coenagrion species; pronotum, female
Note: In C. ornatum the hind margin of the pronotum has a small, notched lobe in the middle.

Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum)
Female pronotum in dorsal and lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2017 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Ornate Bluet (Coenagrion ornatum) ♂

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