Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens
Adult sizeLength: 45 – 48 mm Hindwing Length: 27 – 36mm
Distinguishing featuresThe Banded Demoiselle is one of two species of damselfies with heavily pigmented wings and in males are distinctly banded. Can be found in similar riverine habitat as the Beautiful demoiselle.
Indentification - for help with terms see glossary
HabitatMainly found along slow-flowing lowland streams and rivers, particularly those with muddy bottoms often with open bankside vegetation. Can be found in slower moving open areas of same river systems as Beautiful Demoiselle.
BehaviourBoth males are females have a delicate butterfly like flight. Males are territorial and patrol bankside vegetation and will often perch on water lilies. Females are most likely to be found away from water unless breeding. Both males and females will stray away from open water to feed.
Status and distribution
Locally abundant along slow moving sections of clean unpolluted rivers in Dorset with emergent bankside vegetation e.g. River Stour & River Allen where the areas are less shaded.
Flight periodMain flight period is Early May to end August.
Similar speciesThe Beautiful Demoiselle is the only other British damselfly with pigmented wings.
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