Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens

Photos

Various pictures of Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens, taken around Bedfordshire.

  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens: CRW 2832
    Male, near Kempston Mill
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P0230
    Male, Bromham Bridge
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P1371
    Male, near Kempston Mill
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P1373
    Female, near Kempston Mill
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P1376
    Female, near Kempston Mill
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P1379
    Female, near Kempston Mill, flexing its wings
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P1638
    Female, River Great Ouse near Bromham, shows the white pseudo pterostigma well
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P1989
    Male, Felmersham NR
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2040
    Female, River Great Ouse near Kempston Mill
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2044
    Group of males, near the Biddenham country walk
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2052
    Male, near the Biddenham country walk
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2053
    Male, near the Biddenham country walk
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2057
    Male, near the Biddenham country walk
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2061
    Female, near the Biddenham country walk
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2154
    Female, near the Biddenham country walk, eating an unfortunate fly
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2155
    Female, near the Biddenham country walk, eating an unfortunate fly
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2156
    Female, near the Biddenham country walk, eating an unfortunate fly
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2165
    A pair "in cop" near the Biddenham country walk. This is a high speed sequence that shows them achieving the wheel position
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2166
    A pair "in cop" near the Biddenham country walk. This is a high speed sequence that shows them achieving the wheel position
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2167
    A pair "in cop" near the Biddenham country walk. This is a high speed sequence that shows them achieving the wheel position
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2168
    Pair "in cop" near the Biddenham country walk. This is a high speed sequence that shows them achieving the wheel position
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2169
    Pair "in cop" near the Biddenham country walk. This is a high speed sequence that shows them achieving the wheel position
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2170
    Pair "in cop" near the Biddenham country walk. This is a high speed sequence that shows them achieving the wheel position
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2172
    Two males caught in a spiders web
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2313
    Female, Kempston Mill
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2320
    Female, Kempston Mill
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2337
    Female, Kempston Mill
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2339
    Female, Kempston Mill
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2340
    Female, Kempston Mill
  • Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens:  A3P2419
    Female at Kempston Mill. Slightly unusual colouring, more gold iridescence than usual, and paler on the underside
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Main Features

Classification:

Odonata        
Zygoptera     Damselflies
  Calopterygidae   Demoiselles

Unmistakable large fluttering damselfly common in Bedfordshire.

The male is unmistakable with its metallic blue body and prominently pigmented wings. The female is plainer, with a metallic green body and greenish wings.

Could be mistaken for the Beautiful Demoiselle, but this doesn't occur in Bedfordshire.

Habitat

Common along slow flowing rivers, and lakes with emergent vegetation near rivers, but often found a fair distance from water, usually with many individuals in the same area, all defending their territory.

Where to see

Very common along the River Great Ouse between Kempston and Bromham. Masses of them can be seen along the River Ivel between Biggleswade and Sandy, and at Warren Villas.

Visible between mid May and mid September.