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.