Damselfly -Banded Demoiselle
Taken at Woodhall Dean on 6th July 2018 using Nikon D5200 with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Damselfly - Banded Demoiselle.
Species:
Order:
Family:
Calopteryx splendens.
Odonata.
Calopterygidae.
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Description:





Flies/Found:
Feature:
Up to 48 mm.
Freshwater habitat, particularly open running water bodies such as streams and smaller rivers.
Male and female are variable in color and pattern. The male has translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black spot (or band) across the outer part. On immature dragonflies the spot is dark brown. The body can be a metallic blue or bluish green or a combination of both colours, depending on the time of year and location. The female has translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip, and a metallic green or bronze/green body.
May - September.
It is very sensitive to pollution so a good indicator of clean water.
Very scarce in Scotland