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Beautiful Demoiselle---Blauflügel-Prachtlibelle

Just another walk down the river.

The Beautiful Demoiselle is a large damselfly its flight is fluttery and butterfly-like and - uniquely among European odonata Calopteryx males engage in a dazzling display flight to attract females into their territories. The Beautiful Demoiselle occurs throughout all of Europe but - given its preference for fairly fast-flowing shady streams and brooks with an excellent water quality - it tends to be quite rare compared to the other species of the same genus.

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Taken on July 23, 2012