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_______________________Dragonflies and Damselflies 15 - Banded Demoiselles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                             BANDED DEMOISELLE Calopteryx splendens (f)

 

 

        The above portrait illustrates a Banded Demoiselle Calpoteryx splendens in close-up. The huge compound eyes may be seen to good effect here and the ocelli (simple eyes) are also visible on top of the insect's head. The spines on the legs are used to trap prey items, usually small insects which are caught in flight. The deep bottle-green colour indicates that this is a mature female. Immature (teneral) examples are paler in colour and the wings appear rather milky. Over-mature females may assume a coppery hue. 

 

 

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