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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)

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.