Anyway enough talking here are the facts:
|Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)|
- They are 45mm long with a wingspan of 55-70mm.
- They live for about 2 years. Most of this is spent as a larvae or an the second stage of a dragonflies life:
- They are found mostly in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and are found in slow flowing rivers, streams and canals.
- The Banded Demoiselle is the largest of our native damselflies.
- The males have a dark-green body with dark blue patches on their wings. Females do not have the patches on the wings but the wings have a pale green tinge all over. You can tell from this information that the Demoiselle above is a male.
- In the air Banded Demoiselles look like butterflies with their gentle, fluttery-type flying. They are very sensitive to pollution and so when you see them it's normally a sign of good water quality.
- Their larvae are aquatic meaning the adult damsels lay their eggs in water.
- Males compete on the wing for breeding territories and the winner will court any visiting females by doing a special display for her.
Here are some links to some more information:
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