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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 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 26 May 2019 at 10:21    Image of day on 30 Jun 2019

Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies thoraxes are covered in fine hairs, but they don't show well in most photos. Here backlighting makes them more obvious.


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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 27 May 2019 at 10:17    Image of day on 30 Jun 2019

Finally female Beautiful Demoiselle on the left and male on the right.
NOT EXACT SCALE - Don't read anything into the slightly different sizes.


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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 22 May 2019 at 13:40    Image of day on 22 Jun 2019

Our first Odonata (Dragonfly family) of the year was this delightful male 'Beautiful Demoiselle'. This is a big insect for the UK - length about 50mm (2 inches) and in flight has a characteristic slow fluttering wing beat.


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2019 at 12:00    Image of day on 14 Sep 2019

Out first sighting for several years of a Black-tailed Skimmer spotted on what is nominally a bird perch stick outside the living room and photographed through the window. We unusually see blue pruinescence on the underside of the insect.


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2019 at 13:21    Image of day on 14 Sep 2019

A trip round the outside of the house sneaked a pic from the other side shows the conventional appearance from the top with no trace of blue pruinescence.
There is uncertainty about the status of this insect - a juvenile male or a female.


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2019 at 12:03    Image of day on 14 Sep 2019

Just to be sure that these pics are different sides of the same Black-tailed Skimmer, here is a side view taken while approaching for the first attempt to photograph the 'top' that clearly shows the blue underside and Yellow + Back top. It flew away on this occasion, but returned about an hour later.


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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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