Banded demoiselle at River Wensum by Richard Brunton 1/7
Banded demoiselle at Sculthorpe Moor by Elizabeth Dack 2/7
Banded demoiselle at Swafield by Julian Thomas 3/7
Banded demoiselle at Sculthorpe Moor by Elizabeth Dack 4/7
Banded demoiselle at Strumpshaw Fen by Pat Adams 5/7
Male banded demoiselle by Elizabeth Dack 6/7
Male banded demoiselle by Steve Hawkeye 7/7

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

The banded demoiselle is mainly found along slow-flowing streams and rivers particularly those with muddy bottoms and with lush vegetation on the banks. Males compete on the wing for breeding territories near to suitable egg-laying sites, a territory owner will then court any visiting female by doing a special display flight for her. It is one of only two species of damselfly in Britain with obviously coloured wings. The other is the beautiful demoiselle, usually found in the West Country but odd sightings of this species are now being recorded in Norfolk.

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A damselfly that is mostly found in the south and the Midlands.

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Did you know? Females can go under water to lay their eggs on the leaves of aquatic plants; they trap a layer of air between their wings to enable them to breathe. Eggs take two weeks to hatch, the nymphs live underwater amongst the vegetation, usually for about two years. They will then crawl up plant stems into the air and often well away from the water into a tree or shrub where they shed their skins and emerge as adults.
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