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Cretan Bluet (Coenagrion intermedium)

• Scientific name: Coenagrion intermedium Lohmann, 1990
• English name: Cretan Bluet
• German name: Kretische Azurjungfer
• French name: Agrion intermédiaire
• Dutch name: Kretawaterjuffer
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
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• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 35-36 mm
• Hindwing: 19-22 mm

Cretan Bluet (Coenagrion intermedium)

Distribution map

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

The Cretan Bluet (Coenagrion intermedium) is endemic to the island of Crete, where it replaces the Azure and Variable Bluets (Coenagrion puella and C. pulchellum respectively). It is most similar to the Azure Bluet with only a few minor structural differences, e.g. in the shape of the male's appendages and of the female's pronotum (which, incidentally, is intermediate between puella and pulchellum, hence the species' scientific name). During field trips to the island in 2010 and 2015 we saw the Cretan Bluet at a variety of streams and rivers where it was flying in numbers of up to 50 or so individuals. The species is reportedly confined to running water.

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