The Banded Demoiselle is a large
damselfly measuring up to 2" in length, and whilst the males
like the one shown here are metallic blue in colour with a
dark blue-black spot tow2ards the outer edge of the wing, the
females are a metallic green with pale green wings. The
subject here was photographed at St. Clair's Meadow near
Droxford in Hampshire.
St Clair’s Meadow nature
reserve is home to a rich variety of wildlife. During the
summer kingfishers may be seen flying overhead, and if you
look carefully you may see signs of the resident water voles.
Beautiful clouds of demoiselles, golden ring dragonflies and a
myriad of butterflies adorn the skies, making St Clair’s a
wonderful location for the amateur entomologist. It also
attracts migratory swifts and swallows, which sweep through
the air, feeding on the rich insect life the meadow supports.