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~Calopteryx splendens~

A male Calopteryx splendens or commonly known as the Banded Demoiselle, this is the first natural light Odonata of 2012 and I must say early morning light cannot be beaten. I was so pleased to find one this morning, I woke up at 4:50am and decided to go out, much nicer trying to photograph stuff when it's not scorchio outside LOL :o)


Strange thing this morning, I found an iPhone 4GS on the steps of the embankment and a pile of coins nearby, I have of course handed these into the Police, someones going to miss that phone eventually.


What Wiki says about Calopteryx splendens :-


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).

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 blue-ish green.

The dark wing patch of the male starts at the nodus (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 species C. virgo (Beautiful Demoiselle), the dark 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 body.



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Taken on May 25, 2012