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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2010 at 13:37    Image of day on 20 Jul 2010

From a few days earlier, probably a different male from a different pond taking a flight through our 'flight tunnel' before being returned to where we caught him.


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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2010 at 14:17    Image of day on 05 Aug 2010

We have been seeing male Banded demoiselles damselflies fluttering around the sunlit hedges for a few days. Here is one brought in for a little photo session.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 12:46    Image of day on 27 Aug 2014

We found this male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly at the North boundary where we had been finding Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies a couples of weeks before.


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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 13 Jun 2021 at 12:12    Image of day on 17 Jul 2021

The Beautiful Demoiselles are supplemented by the only other similar species (in the UK anyway) of the strikingly marked Banded Demoiselle. This is a male - the females have no such banding and are so hard to tell apart from female Beautiful Demoiselles 'in the wild' that we may miss them among the larger numbers of the Beautiful females.
Each wing has it's own band which is quite dark even when the wings are separated as you unusually see here.


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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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