Socotra Bluet Facts
- Firstly, as well as quite sadly for insect lovers everywhere, the resplendent Socotra Bluet inhabits an extremely limited habitat range.
- Although it appears to be locally abundant, the IUCN currently lists the invertebrate as Near-Threatened, due to a combination of factors.
- Sadly, however, due to the remoteness and extreme inhospitableness of its habitat, experts presently no very little about its biology.
- In addition, considering the various difficulties involved, very few photos of this insect exist, thus only our first image here is of the Socotra Bluet.
- Finally, given its limited territory, as well as specific requirements, its greatest threat consists of habitat loss due to human encroachment.
Socotra Bluet Physical Description
Most notably, like the related species shown above, the Socotra Bluet typically achieves a comparatively moderate size for those of its Family.
An average adult commonly attains a body length of about 3 in (7.6 cm), and also possesses a wingspan averaging around 5 in (12.7 cm).
Further, the body evolved as extremely elongated, and primarily displays a light blue color, with scattered black markings in various locations.
Rather interestingly, the quite narrow and virtually transparent wings are held vertically when the beautiful insect sits at rest.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Euarthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Odonata
- Family: Coenagrionidae
- Genus: Azuragrion
- Species: A. granti
Socotra Bluet Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Most notably, the native habitat of the lovely Socotra Bluet remains so restricted, that it only inhabits the eastern half of one island.
Also, even within this specific range, the remarkable creature only inhabits lakes, ponds, marshes, and rivers, since it seems to breed in moving water.
Researchers have no confirmed information pertaining to its diet, however, it remains assumed to consist of tiny insects, much like related species.