Name this insect!

In case you missed the news, Daglan now has another nice spot where you can relax with a coffee or cold drink, or enjoy a light lunch.

At one end of the village, there’s Le Thé Vert, the popular tearoom that’s been operating for some years. And now in the centre of the village, across from the post office, there’s the patio beside the boutique of Fabrice le Chef. The shop itself is a year-round venture run by Fabrice and his wife Samantha, but the patio is available for just the two top months of our tourist season, July and August.

In any case, my wife Jan and I were having coffee recently on Fabrice le Chef’s patio when we spotted an unusual, and apparently quite friendly, visitor: a metallic-blue insect that kept flying around near us, even landing on my hand.

Our first thought is that it was a type of dragonfly. But having done a bit of Internet research, I suspect it could have been a damselfly. Perhaps a male Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)? Or maybe a Common Blue Damselfly?

Here he is, seated with wings tightly folded, on a red-leafed plant beside our table. You be the judge:

The little blue fellow is seated on a red leaf.

The little blue fellow is seated on a red leaf.

If you recognize him, let us all know by leaving a note in Comments (below). But sorry, no prizes available.

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12 Responses to Name this insect!

  1. Cait says:

    I’m sure you know…but I won’t say yet. The easiest way to tell the difference between this creature and another similar insect is that this one holds its wings together when it is resting, while the other keeps its wings open when it’s just sitting somewhere. A bold knight might save one from the other!

  2. Sam and Jill says:

    Lorenzo, our local entomologist has identified the species as “Paulo Hyacintho Viridi Folium Cimex”

    • loren24250 says:

      Well, that sounds excellent to me! Merci beaucoup!

      • loren24250 says:

        On further investigation, I’ve found that good friends Sam and Jill used Google Translate to find the Latin version of “Little Blue Green Leaf Bug” — which turns out to be “Paulo Hyacintho Viridi Folium Cimex.” See? It’s not all seriousness here at Radio Free Daglan…

  3. Deborah says:

    I know that it is a damsel fly but the red leaved plant is a Coleus. Just a bit more info.

  4. Catwoods says:

    This looks very much like a species of damselfly I see and photograph here, called a Black-winged Damselfly or Ebony Jewelwing. But, I’m in Nth America. Here’s a link in case that helps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-winged_Damsel_Fly

  5. loren24250 says:

    Thanks, Catwoods! (And by the way, if you’d like another cat in your woods, you’re welcome to Scooter. (Okay, not really. And don’t tell my wife I wrote this.) Cheers!

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