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Beautiful Demoiselle, caballito del diablo azul

Calopteryx virgo


Male. 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.


Spotted at a small stream close to the sea.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/250 sec.; f/8; ISO Speed Rating: 400. Focal Length: 300.0 mm.

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arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks CkPoh, you are right, its colours are so intense and metallic!

CkPoh 8 years ago

It's colours are vibrant !

arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks Cammie, just try again and again!

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 8 years ago

Fantastic shot!! I can never my damsel flies to come into focus.

arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks Maria

arlanda 8 years ago

I also think so, Karen

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Beautiful coloring!

KarenL 8 years ago

Well named damselfly!

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Castropol, Principado de Asturias, Spain

Spotted on Aug 19, 2012
Submitted on Oct 30, 2012

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