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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 5

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 20 May 2020 at 12:48    Image of day on 16 Jun 2020

A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly perched elegantly on a 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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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:14    Image of day on 10 Jul 2019

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


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 13:36    Image of day on 10 Jul 2019

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


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 13:54    Image of day on 10 Jul 2019

A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with his blue iridescent body and dark wings. The Grey wings are accentuated here as he shows overlaps of 2 and 3 wings.


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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 14 Jun 2019 at 16:00    Image of day on 01 Aug 2019

Even in the wet, windy and quite cold weather a few Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies are still hunting over the Duck-shaped pond. This is one of the males.


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Image Taken on 25 May 2020 at 12:56    Image of day on 23 Jun 2020

A male Beautiful Demoiselle clearly showing his iridescent colour and details of his tail end clasper he uses to grab the female 'by the neck'.


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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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