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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 5

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 04 Jun 2022 at 17:33    Image of day on 17 Jul 2022

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly managing to perch on 3 leaves simultaneously - and still look elegant.


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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 20 May 2023 at 12:45    Image of day on 11 Jul 2023

Our now (and hopefully continuing) annual appearance of Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies (the common name of the species) is underway. Their usual appearance on the sunny side of the inner hedge near the South east corner is this year limited to just a couple of insects, but they are also appearing at various sunny patches on warm days.


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Image Taken on 19 May 2022 at 12:36    Image of day on 27 Jun 2022

Damselflies perch with their 4 wings aligned along their backs. Here a female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with aligned wings casting a deep shadow.


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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 15 Jun 2022 at 11:02    Image of day on 29 Jul 2022

... and here a female with wings misaligned so you can see 3 of the 4 pseudo-pterostigma. 'Pseudo' because they are white rather than the usual dark - in this species (and the Banded Demoiselle) only the females have any mark at this position.


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Image Taken on 18 May 2022 at 12:45    Image of day on 27 Jun 2022

Here we catch a male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly momentarily fluttering his four wings as they sometimes do when perched.


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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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