Banded damoiselle

Calopteryx splendens

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.
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,Calopteryx splendens,Europe,Heeswijk-Dinther,Netherlands,World


This is a large damselfly with a total length of up to 48 millimetres and a hindwing length of up to 36 millimetres.

Male and female are variable in color and pattern. The male has translucent wings which each have a broad, dark iridescent blue-black spot across the outer part. On immature dragonflies the spot is dark brown. The body can be a metallic blue or bluish green or a combination of both colours, depending on the time of year and location.

The dark wing patch of the male starts at the nodus but can reach up to the wing-tip in southern races. In the very similar beautiful demoiselle , the dark patch starts before the nodus.

The female has translucent, pale green iridescent wings with a white patch near the tip , and a metallic green or bronze/green body.
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Males are usually territorial, but large numbers can sometimes be found in lush bankside plants and on floating objects. They court females by opening their wings and performing an aerial dance. They are usually found in canals and quiet rivers with muddy bottoms located in open country.
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This species lives in many types of freshwater habitat, particularly open running water bodies such as streams and smaller rivers.
Banded Demoiselle This beauty spotted close to my house, this is a female, the male has dark spots at the end of there wings. Calopteryx splendens,banded damoiselle


Females can lay up to 10 eggs per minute for 45 minutes. They lay in a wide variety of emergent or floating plants, sometimes even submerging to do so.

The eggs hatch after 14 days. The larvae have very long legs and are stick-shaped. They develop over two years, usually. They tolerate muddy water and overwinter buried in mud. When they are ready to moult into an adult, they climb up a suitable reed or plant and shed their skin.


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SpeciesC. splendens