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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 14 May 2022 at 14:19    Image of day on 11 Jun 2022

First Odonata (Dragonflies et al) this year is the now annual uncanny visitation by Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies started on the especially warm Saturday 14 May 2022. Only a handful seen - all but one in the 'usual' place near the South East corner in the parallel south facing hedges. Mixed sexes of obviously immature individuals.


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Image Taken on 22 May 2023 at 15:52    Image of day on 11 Jul 2023

In this montage we see male (top) and female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies. This is a montage of the two about half a metre apart on the same bush.


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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 03 Jun 2022 at 10:26    Image of day on 17 Jul 2022

and here a female.


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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2021 at 16:02    Image of day on 26 Jul 2021

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly - the brown colour of the wings is clear in this photo, so it is NOT a Banded Demoiselle


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Image Taken on 12 Jun 2021 at 14:53    Image of day on 17 Jul 2021

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly. The wingspan is about 7cm - much larger than most Damselflies. Walking down a path with dozens of these fluttering around you is quite one of the most magical experiences we know.


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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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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 09 Jun 2021 at 12:53    Image of day on 12 Jul 2021

At last we see a Female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly. Only the females have the white 'pseudo-pterostigma' on both Demoiselle species.
Many other Odonata have these marks in a similar position, but there are usually black or Brown, hence the 'pseudo' for these white ones.


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