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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 3

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 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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Image Taken on 11 Jun 2018 at 10:43    Image of day on 25 Jul 2018

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly keeping still long enough for a photo. These creatures (male, female and both Beautiful and Banded variants) have a characteristic & we think delightful fluttering flight.


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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2017 at 12:52    Image of day on 03 Aug 2017

This is the female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly. Note the golden iridescence and complex egg laying machinery at the tail end.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2017 at 16:02    Image of day on 23 Jul 2017

Next day a female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly arrived. Compared to the male note the lighter coloured wings, a more golden tail end (not very obvious through the golden wing here) and the different sexual organs at the tail tip


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2016 at 18:04    Image of day on 10 Sep 2016

This is the female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly, with iridescent brown-green body.


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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2018 at 16:16    Image of day on 15 Jul 2018

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly (one of 3 individuals spread over our patch) on the first day of the year warm enough to draw them out.


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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2018 at 16:17    Image of day on 15 Jul 2018

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly (one of 3 individuals spread over our patch) on the first day of the year warm enough to draw them out.


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Image Taken on 21 Jun 2018 at 15:56    Image of day on 02 Aug 2018

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly (judging from the brown wings not the very similar female Banded) flicking it wings momentarily so you can see them spread out.


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Image Taken on 28 May 2017 at 15:30    Image of day on 23 Jul 2017

An immature male Beautiful Demoiselle (common name of the species) Damselfly. One of a few moving around the site to find the warmest patch.


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Image Taken on 26 May 2017 at 14:40    Image of day on 11 Jul 2017

5 days after our first sighting of a Hobby the first Damselfly makes it's entrance - at least 4 of them fluttering delightfully in some sunshine at various places over our patch. They can not be breeding here because they require running water, but they must be breeding fairly close by to see immatures.


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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2016 at 16:33    Image of day on 17 Jul 2016

Our first sighting of a Demoiselle Damselfly this year was this immature male 'Beautiful'. Seen a few days later at the more usual north boundary hedge.


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2016 at 15:43    Image of day on 23 Jul 2016

A Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly sunning himself on a nettle leaf.
No chance of getting stung when you have an exo-skeleton!


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Image Taken on 26 May 2017 at 14:40    Image of day on 11 Jul 2017

This Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly viewed from the rear looks worthy of the presence on 'Pandora' (the world of James Cameron's movie 'Avatar' if you didn't see it).


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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2016 at 14:47    Image of day on 23 Jul 2016

Our early Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly is apparently the first report this year in Buckinghamshire. An unusual feature of this species in the white speck near the top tip of all 4 wings. Here they are nicely lined up to make a bright patch as the sun catches them.


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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2016 at 16:35    Image of day on 17 Jul 2016

Guarding his shadow seen through the leaf, this pristine Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly looks down at us from a high leaf.


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