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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2015 at 12:42    Image of day on 25 Aug 2015

The Banded Demoiselles have arrived. This male makes an attractive colour contrast with the yellow buttercup. The Buttercup is just a perch - the insect is a hunter not interested in pollen or nectar.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2020 at 10:40    Image of day on 02 Jul 2020

Another male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly. The shape of the dark band suggests that we haven't photographed the same individual twice.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 15:52    Image of day on 28 Sep 2014

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly delicately resting on a grass seed head.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 15:55    Image of day on 28 Sep 2014

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly showing all 4 wings slightly spread, and a lovely shadow


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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2018 at 15:18    Image of day on 27 Aug 2018

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly perched delicately on a blackberry leaf.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 15:53    Image of day on 28 Sep 2014

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly take-off from the grass seed head which is already starting to spring back up.


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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2008 at 15:56    Image of day on 02 Aug 2008

Some more Odonata (Dragonfly like insect) today and at least a couple more alternate days. This female Banded Demoiselle (a larger than average damselfly) is quite different to the male which is blue and actually HAS got bands on his wings. Hope to bring you her 'husband' if we can catch him for some photos!


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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2008 at 15:54    Image of day on 02 Aug 2008

Detail of the head - love the iridescence.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 13:02    Image of day on 12 Aug 2011

The Banded Demoiselle damselfly female doesn't have the bands on the wings but makes up for it with the glorious green and gold abdomen.


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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2009 at 11:24    Image of day on 03 Aug 2009

The female Banded Demoiselle does not have the band on her wings that her mate does. The sheen on the abdomen is exquisite with a greener tinge than the males. In the recent warm days a 25m grass strip between hedges has become a wonderland of these beauties - about 4 males and a couple of females flutter gently around you as you walk slowly along the path.


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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2009 at 11:41    Image of day on 03 Aug 2009

The edges of the 4 wings are so nearly aligned that they almost look like shadows.


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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2018 at 17:56    Image of day on 02 Aug 2018

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly beautifully poised on a leaf.


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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2009 at 14:35    Image of day on 30 Jul 2009

The Banded Demoiselle is quite one of the most beautiful damselflies we know of. This is the male - the female has no band on different coloured wings. See in a few days.


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Image Taken on 09 Jul 2013 at 13:34    Image of day on 22 Aug 2013

The Banded Demoiselle Damselfly also is about 50% bigger than typical Damselflies, but much more noticeable. The bands are only seen on the male as here. The iridescent green thorax and blue abdomen are in their original jewel like colours and visible whatever the lighting.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 12:56    Image of day on 12 Aug 2011

The first couple of warm days at last brought out the Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselfies).
This Banded Demoiselle damselfly male flying along in all his glory.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2020 at 11:01    Image of day on 16 Jun 2020

There are several favourite places to find Beautiful Demoiselle Dragonflies, typically 10 to 15 insects in each when in sunshine, plus ones and twos in almost every sheltered sunny patch, so estimate that there are at least 50 individuals currently in our little haven.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2020 at 17:37    Image of day on 02 Jul 2020

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly catching the vivid metallic glint at the tail end very well. The number of both sexes have declined steeply in the last few days from 50 or so to just an occasional sighting.


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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2019 at 15:32    Image of day on 24 Jul 2019

On the last sunny day before the rains the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies still flutter around us along the sunny walks. This is the female.


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Image Taken on 24 May 2019 at 12:21    Image of day on 29 Jun 2019

The site is wonderfully awash with Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies. 'Beautiful' is part of the common name, as well as being a good description. About 20 individuals flutter about as you pass a sheltered warm patch.
The females bodies are iridescent and vary in colour from green to gold according to the lighting. Females also have the white dot (pseudo-pterostigma) near the upper tip of all 4 wings, though it is sometimes hard to see.


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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2018 at 17:57    Image of day on 02 Aug 2018

A detail from another female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly highlighting the wonderful intricacy of the veins in the wings.


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