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 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.
October 7, 2014 at 20:03
October 8, 2014 at 17:31
I also vote beautiful.
October 12, 2014 at 16:41
Kindly accept a bear 🐻 🙂
October 12, 2014 at 16:43
P.S. You’ll love the flora at Hall Place. They’re so rude. 😛
October 12, 2014 at 16:45