Banded Demoiselle


Calopteryx splendens – I always enjoy seeing these down by the river in summer. This is the rather handsome male. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer.



Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 16th July 2019
Place: Local river, Staffordshire


Down By The River

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) male

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July 2019, near local river, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Love On The River Bank

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens mating

The air above the local river was alive with these Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens as they courted on the banks. I found this happy couple making a love heart. The male is the shiny blue one on the right, the golden-green female on the left.

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens female

After a few minutes the male flew off leaving the female behind in the sun.

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens female

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June 2018, local river, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Down By The River With The Demoiselles

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

With a break in the weather today, I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend the last day of my short holiday but down by the river. The bank is quite deeply cut so after scrambling down I sat down and just listened to the sounds of the river flowing by and the bird song from the wooded slopes.

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

There was three or four of these bright blue male Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) damselflies fluttering over the river and the bank. Occasionally they would alight on nearby vegetation. Yes, these are slow-moving compared to the larger dragonflies.

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

I was fortunate enough to observe a green and golden female laying eggs amongst the river flora.

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens female

River

Down by the river with demoiselles, and another year older, what a beautiful day indeed.


Local river, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.