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Female Banded Demoiselle

Observed: 15th May 2011 By: chrisbrooks
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Banded Demoiselle
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Wildlife Ranger's picture

Banded Demoiselles

Yes this species exhibit prominent sexual dimorphism with the Male Blue with Banded Wings and the Female green as described above

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Rae Weaver's picture

Banded Demoiselle

I agree with you both, this is the female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens).

The main factor being she is missing the white cell near the tip of the forewing sometimes known as the false pseudo-pterostigma that is prominent on the female Beautiful Demoiselle.

Beautifully captured image Chris! :0)

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Banded Demoiselle

Thanks Rae, they are one of my favourite species and are very plentiful in my area. I'm not sure where the white pseudo-pterostigma went in this one, it seems to be present in the majority.

RoyW's picture

Interesting image.

I don't actually remember ever having seen a female Banded Demoiselle without the false pterostigma obviously present.

chrisbrooks's picture

Pterostigma

Hello again Roy, to be honest I didn't notice it until this post. I have checked all my other images (and there are many) and I cannot find another without the pseudo-pterostigma, most odd. Regards Chris