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Banded damoiselle - closeup, Heeswijk-Dinther, Netherlands This is the male, in its typical competitive pose where it aims to chase away other males. When challenged, a fake fight ensues in mid-air, where they display the inside of their wings, supposedly an impressive feat. <br />
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From this angle, you can just about see the white tip at the underside of the end of the abdomen. This white tip is flashed to the female before a courtship chase starts.<br />
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From this angle, you can just about see the white tip at the underside of the end of the abdomen. This white tip is flashed to the female before a courtship chase starts.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120541/banded_damoiselle_-_closeup_heeswijk-dinther_netherlands.html Banded damoiselle,Calopteryx splendens,Europe,Heeswijk-Dinther,Netherlands,World" /></a></figure> Banded damoiselle,Calopteryx splendens,Europe,Heeswijk-Dinther,Netherlands,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Banded damoiselle - closeup, Heeswijk-Dinther, Netherlands

This is the male, in its typical competitive pose where it aims to chase away other males. When challenged, a fake fight ensues in mid-air, where they display the inside of their wings, supposedly an impressive feat.

From this angle, you can just about see the white tip at the underside of the end of the abdomen. This white tip is flashed to the female before a courtship chase starts.

Banded damoiselle, Heeswijk-Dinther, Netherlands This is the male, in its typical competitive pose where it aims to chase away other males. When challenged, a fake fight ensues in mid-air, where they display the inside of their wings, supposedly an impressive feat. <br />
<br />
From this angle, you can just about see the white tip at the underside of the end of the abdomen. This white tip is flashed to the female before a courtship chase starts.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120541/banded_damoiselle_-_closeup_heeswijk-dinther_netherlands.html Banded damoiselle,Calopteryx splendens,Europe,Heeswijk-Dinther,Netherlands,World

    comments (7)

  1. Lovely! We have some similar species here, but I've not even caught a glimpse of one yet... I certainly hope to! Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks! Although this one is common, don't think I've seen it before myself.
      I think the way to increase odds of seeing them is habitat plus flight time, usually their life cycle is well documented.
      Posted 3 months ago
      1. I think it may be because I have not been in the lowland south of where I am based too much. They do occur where I live, but it's about their northern limit. I'll need to start exploring south more. Posted 3 months ago, modified 3 months ago
        1. Can't wait to see what you manage to find there :) Posted 3 months ago
  2. Superb image Ferdy! Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks, Wesley! Posted 3 months ago
  3. Exquisite detail. I learned that male damsels have competitive stances, excellent. Posted 3 months ago

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The banded demoiselle is a species of damselfly belonging to the family Calopterygidae. It is often found along slow-flowing streams and rivers. It is a Eurasian species occurring from the Atlantic coast eastwards to Lake Baikal and northwestern China. This is a common species throughout much of its range.

Similar species: Dragonflies And Damselflies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Aug 21, 2021. Captured Jul 18, 2021 15:26.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/4.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO125
  • 50mm