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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 23 Jun 2015 at 14:50    Image of day on 25 Aug 2015

A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly basking in the sun from a Hazel leaf.

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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2015 at 15:16    Image of day on 10 Aug 2015

Much more detailed views of the teneral male Beautiful Demoiselle perched in a hedge

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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2015 at 12:28    Image of day on 10 Aug 2015

You see the beautiful blue sheen of the body of this male Beautiful Demoiselle.

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2015 at 13:41    Image of day on 10 Aug 2015

This immature (teneral) male Beautiful Demoiselle was flitting about in the hedges. The left and centre images were two perching places on the edge of the same Hazel leaf. The right was a flyby just over the same leaf (note that the legs are folded which takes a few wing-beats to accomplish).

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Image Taken on 19 May 2014 at 17:43    Image of day on 24 Jul 2014

Our North boundary hedge has for a few years yielded the delight of fluttering Demoiselle Damselflies as you walk down it for a week or two each year. The Banded Demoiselle has been the mainstay for a few years, but this year the Beautiful Demoiselle is so far the only arrival - and beautiful fits the creature.
This is the female - we see far less of these than the girl-hunting males!

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Image Taken on 21 May 2014 at 10:47    Image of day on 24 Jul 2014

Here is one of the male Beautiful Demoiselles living up to his name.

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Image Taken on 11 Jul 2015 at 09:22    Image of day on 12 Sep 2015

This Black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly (an immature male judging by details visible in the original images, and our first sighting of this species on our patch) appeared before us, flew around the pond edge and reappeared on this Iris leaf with mandibles full of an unfortunate moth. A few minutes later we spotted the Dragonfly on a spent Buddleia flower head across the pond, and we moved round to the other side for the final image (hence different lighting). Blended into the right of the bottom image is an approximately camera resolution detail from the top right image.
Times are Top left 09:22, Right 09:24, Bottom 09:31

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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 15:08    Image of day on 17 Jul 2014

Saturday saw the first Damselflies appear. We haven't seen one of these Blue-tail Damselflies for several years, and that time it was a male.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2010 at 13:56    Image of day on 10 Sep 2010

A freshly emerged male Blue-tailed Damselfly not yet in adult colour.

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Image Taken on 24 May 2009 at 13:39    Image of day on 14 Jun 2009

This Broad Bodied Chaser Dragonfly obliged with just this one flight across the camera field

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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2010 at 11:19    Image of day on 16 Aug 2010

This Broad bodied Chaser is one of the unmistakable dragonflies. Only the male of this species has the blue pruinescence - a powdery blue coating that gets patchy over the weeks that the insect lives.

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Image Taken on 24 May 2009 at 13:55    Image of day on 14 Jun 2009

We include this static shot taken later to show the wonderful powder blue abdomen (and it really is powdery and gets worn off with 'living'). The blue is a strictly male feature - the female is orange and not a powder.

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2015 at 12:54    Image of day on 09 Aug 2015

A first for us here is seeing both male and female Broad Bodies Chaser Dragonflies at the same time on one pond. This is the female some 5 metres from the male.

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Image Taken on 10 May 2011 at 15:07    Image of day on 09 Jun 2011

Our first Dragonfly (as opposed to Damselfly) sighting this year is a Broad-Bodied Chaser female (actually seen briefly on 9 May 2011). We think this is the first sighting in Buckinghamshire this year

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2018 at 12:33    Image of day on 27 Aug 2018

Here we have a female Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly. The male of the same species has the back of the body covered in a powdery blue pruinescence.

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Image Taken on 10 May 2011 at 15:01    Image of day on 09 Jun 2011

A few minutes earlier 'grabbing' an image before going back to the house for the 'macro' kit, we caught this view of the abdomen's translucence.

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