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Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)

I first noticed a few bright blue flitters beside the Thames near Hampton Court some while ago.  I thought at first they must be butterflies. It turns out they were Beautiful Demoiselle damselflies.   I finally discovered some in the wetland area of Bushy Park.  I also discovered, eventually,  that they fly away if you let your shadow fall upon them.

Damselflies and Dragonflies have a number of charming names in folklore across the world, including sewing needles, snake doctors, horse stingers, mosquito hawks and devil’s darning needle.

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) Wings
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)

Beautiful or gruesome ?   It probably depends on how close we look and, of course, the eye of the beholder.   Certainly, I think, one of nature’s wonders.

5 responses

  1. Beautiful


    October 7, 2014 at 20:03

  2. I also vote beautiful.


    October 12, 2014 at 16:41

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