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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:47    Image of day on 11 Jul 2019

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly has a wonderful green and gold iridescent body. Note the complicated tail tip of the female as opposed to the male.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:49    Image of day on 11 Jul 2019

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly has a wonderful green and gold iridescent body. Note the complicated tail tip of the female as opposed to the male.


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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2019 at 17:45    Image of day on 24 Jul 2019

A few female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies appeared over the 'Duck-shaped' pond, perching on the Hop-sedge and then dashing off after prey (too small for us to see). This female flew into the frame from the right, looped around and landed into the breeze at a crease in the leaf which she had left a second or two before. All this in about 2/3 of a second.
The sequence is middle right, left along the top, middle left, bottom on leaf. The Montage is fairly accurate but slightly adjusted to avoid overlaps.
We can supply the camera originals if you should want them. Both of our 'favourite pic of the week'.



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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 her wings momentarily so you can see them spread out.


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Image Taken on 21 Jun 2019 at 08:15    Image of day on 10 Aug 2019

The Beautiful Demoiselle 'invasion' is winding down, but some pristine insects are still about. This one is perched on a Privet leaf above some flowers (in which it will have no interest - these insects are hunters).


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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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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 a male.


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Image Taken on 25 May 2019 at 12:29    Image of day on 29 Jun 2019

The male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies have intense blue bodies, and no white dot on the tip of the wings.


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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2017 at 12:51    Image of day on 03 Aug 2017

Both sexes of the Beautiful Demoiselle damselflies are about. This is the male.


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Image Taken on 13 Jun 2018 at 15:49    Image of day on 25 Jul 2018

What we believe to be a MALE Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly. The problem with the ID is that while the band is too wide and diffuse at the edges to be a Banded Demoiselle and the clear section more tinted than expected, the dark diffusion is just not as extensive as a normal 'Beautiful'. The iridescent blue wing veins do seem to be conclusive though. Maybe an immature male, said to have lighter colouring than the mature.


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Image Taken on 13 Jun 2018 at 15:49    Image of day on 25 Jul 2018

From another image of the same individual here is the detail of the 'Anal Appendage' used to grip the female (and different for each species) that looks more like that of the 'Beautiful' than the 'Banded'.


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2011 at 08:19    Image of day on 09 Aug 2011

Last year we glimpsed what might be a new species here, and this year we have the confirmation of the Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly. This is the male - we have only glimpsed females so far. This insect requires running water for laying eggs, and we will be trying to work out where they are breeding off our site. But the corner we find them is also 'midge corner' and we think they visit for 'eat-on-the-hedge' meals.


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Image Taken on 26 May 2019 at 10:14    Image of day on 30 Jun 2019

This is the detail of the head and thorax of a male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:12    Image of day on 10 Jul 2019

A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with his blue iridescent body and dark wings.


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