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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 4

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 01 Jun 2019 at 11:56    Image of day on 11 Jul 2019

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly has a wonderful green and gold iridescent body here shown as the detail of the head.


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Image Taken on 22 May 2020 at 15:07    Image of day on 23 Jun 2020

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly makes final approach to land on this fresh leaf. Beautiful and Banded Demoiselle Damselflies are the largest UK species at about 48mm long, while more often seen Damselflies like the Common Blue are about 35mm long and appear much more delicate
These creatures are Midge hunters & have no interest in vegetation apart from somewhere to perch.


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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 18 May 2020 at 13:00    Image of day on 16 Jun 2020

This female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly spent a minute or two perched on this leaf, a few times opening her wings as if to take off but not doing so. The sun is nearly vertically above her providing shadows through the wings.


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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 22 May 2020 at 15:07    Image of day on 23 Jun 2020

This female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly quietly perched giving us a view of the intricate wing veins - now strengthening struts but once used to 'pump-up' the wings in the final stage of metamorphosis.


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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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