Banded Demoiselle

Name: Banded Demoiselle

Scientific name: Calopteryx splendens

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: A large robust damselfly, about 8cm long. Males are metallic blue with broad dark blue patches on each wing, females are metallic green with pale greenish wings. Lives along the edges of slow-flowing rivers and canals amongst lush vegetation. Males are very territorial, displaying at each other and at females with their banded wings. On the wing from May to August.

How to identify: The similar Beautiful Demoiselle lives on smaller, faster-flowing rivers in the west of the country, and differs by having almost entirely dark metallic wings.

Where: England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 50
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 30
  • Cute factor: 60
  • Traveller: 40

Fantastic fact: Females lay their eggs by injecting them into plant stems under the surface of the water.

Photograph credit: Bruce Shortland


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comments

  • Catalas
    • Date: 2011-07-21 16:52:35
    • Catalas

    right common why can`t I find any of these

  • Catalas
    • Date: 2011-07-21 16:52:32
    • Catalas

    right common why can`t I find any of these

  • Catalas
    • Date: 2011-07-21 16:51:02
    • Catalas

    these are weird in a way he he

  • Butterur
    • Date: 2010-06-19 18:03:38
    • Butterur

    saw some of these today, they are beautiful

  • Ottero
    • Date: 2010-03-25 21:05:55
    • Ottero

    Banded damsleflies look really cool when they are flying!! I sometimes see them on a river next to a meadow.