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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 7

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 12 Jun 2021 at 16:40    Image of day on 17 Jul 2021

Here is a male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly - more commonly seen that the females at the moment. The 'break' in the body may look alarming, but the insect can bend substantially at join of each of the 10 abdominal segments. This joint between segments 2 & 3 contains the male's sexual organs.

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Image Taken on 13 Jun 2021 at 15:09    Image of day on 17 Jul 2021

This male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly catches the light showing how the veins of the wing create corrugations that give this incredibly lightweight structure surprising strength. A form of natural origami!

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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 22 May 2023 at 15:50    Image of day on 11 Jul 2023

Perched Demoiselle Damselflies normally perch with all four wings aligned to produce a rather dark effect. This female Beautiful was repeatedly flicking her wings providing an opportunity to appreciate the subtle colour of mixed overlaps.

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2022 at 11:21    Image of day on 20 Aug 2022

An unexpected find of a female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly long after most of them have 'gone'. The Damselfly's wings are as undamaged as ever.

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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 24 Jun 2020 at 07:54    Image of day on 31 Jul 2020

At the corner of the farmer's crop this female Black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly teased us by landing briefly at various sites.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2020 at 07:55    Image of day on 31 Jul 2020

At the corner of the farmer's crop this female Black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly teased us by landing briefly at various sites.

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Image Taken on 29 May 2020 at 15:58    Image of day on 01 Jul 2020

This immaculate female Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly spent several minutes fluttering around the 'garden' near the house.

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