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Beautiful Demoiselle; Caballito del Diablo Azul

Calopteryx virgo


Female. The male wings are entirely metallic blue. Immature onesoften have much paler, browner wings. They have metallic blue-green bodies and blue-green eyes. The female has dark brown iridescent wings, a white patch near the tip of the wings (called a pseudopterostigma) and a metallic green body with a bronze tip of the abdomen. Males are territorial, perching in bankside plants and trees. They chase passing insects, often returning to the same perch. Males can stray well away from water, females live away from water unless egg-laying or seeking a mate.


This is a species of which is found in western mediterranean Europe. Eucaliptus and deciduous forest. Reserva de la Biosfera del Río Eo


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/640 sec.; f/13; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. Flash fired

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1 Comment

arlanda 5 years ago

Thanks María

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Very nice spotting!

Spotted by

San Tirso de Abres, Principado de Asturias, Spain

Lat: 43.41, Long: -7.16

Spotted on Aug 28, 2014
Submitted on Dec 10, 2014

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