Macro Moments Week 13 Damselfly

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The Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers. It is a Eurasian species occurring from the Atlantic coast eastwards to Lake Baikal and northwestern China. This is a common species throughout much of its range.

This is a large damselfly with a total length of up to 48 millimetres (1.9 in) and a hindwing length of up to 36 millimetres (1.4 in).
Male and female are variable in colour 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 dark wing patch of the male starts at the nodes (the slight dip midway down the upper edge of the wing) but can reach up to the wing-tip in southern races. In the very similar beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo), the dark patch starts before the nodus.
The female has translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip (a pseudopterostigma), and a metallic green or bronze/green body.

Macro Moments Week 13 Damselfly


4 Comments Add yours

  1. asdfkitty says:

    I usually confuse damsefly with dragonfly…they are pretty similar

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  2. MickETalbot says:

    Most people I meet call them dragonflies. There is a very simple way to tell them apart when they are at rest, as in; dragonflies always have there wings open, horizontal to the thorax, where as damselflies have them fully closed, or slightly open, but always vertically over the length of the abdomen. With experience they can also be separated in flight, the dragons being much stronger in the air than the weaker flying damsels. Hope that helps. Best wishes.



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