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By Terry L    
Female Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

The Banded Demoiselle is found on rivers, streams and canals with moderate to slow water flow over beds of silt or mud and with plenty of waterside vegetation.

Seasonality / Flight Period
Adults generally fly from mid-May to September.

Life Cycle
Mating lasts 1-2 minutes, after which the male will guard his female while she lays eggs into the leaves or stems of aquatic plants.

The eggs take about two weeks to develop and the hatching larvae will live underwater amongst roots or aquatic vegetation, usually for two years. The transformation process from larva to adult is called 'emergence' and the Banded Demoiselle larvae will crawl out of the water to emerge on shrubs and trees.

Tags: Kent Damselfly Damoiselle Sevenoaks Banded Wildlife and nature

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ABPhotosUK 5 23 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 5:39PM
Lovely light and great detail with pin-sharp focus along the whole insect, great work!!

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ade123 Plus
5 285 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 5:57PM
Lovely shot Terry

Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
4 Jul 2014 6:16PM
Superb, both the image and the beast. Lovely light and a shimmering beauty, wonderful.

senn Plus
7 5 1 Belgium
4 Jul 2014 6:17PM
fine detail and effective DOF
4 Jul 2014 6:24PM
Superb. Lovely colour. Golden reflection in the sunlight.
Stunning image pin sharp.

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 8:01PM
Incredible detail, thanks for the info.
kel55 5 8 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 8:16PM
Great info on a class shot .
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 8:42PM
A stunning capture! Green is my favorite colour! She's irredencent! Grin
dave1967 6 4 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 8:55PM
Great shot
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2014 11:18PM
Very good close-up, Terry.
5 Jul 2014 7:52PM
Lovely clear shot
Terry L Plus
14 596 5 England
5 Jul 2014 7:55PM
Many thanks to all those who have commented and liked, always very much appreciated.


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