In the garden this morning… a demoiselle!
In May, out walking with my dog, I see these exquisite damselflies, the demoiselles, dancing in the sun and dappled shadows of the river margins. There are two varieties – these Beautiful Demoiselles, Calopteryx virgo and Banded Demoiselles, Calopteryx splendens – we are lucky to have both of them.
This morning whilst writing, behind the computer outside in the garden, I saw one flashing its wings in the apple tree branches. I grabbed the camera and took some photos through the window, but it seemed very settled in my hardy geraniums so I went outside, and managed to get two photos – the ones I wanted!
With wings shut:
With wings open:
This is an immature male – the mature male’s wings are blue-black. The females are a paler, greeny-brown. Fabulous! And only present in the west of England.
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A damselfly looks like a miniature dragonfly – are they the same family?
They are all in the Odonata family. So yes.
Lovely. Used to see loads of them as a kid in Berkshire – never realised they were all boys!
Well, the females would have been there too, they are just less noticeable.
Great shot, Liz!
Thank you, Jarm! But it was easy… nothing to it, with digital cameras, nowadays!
These are wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.