Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) *female

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While I’ve seen these down by the river I have never seen on in the garden before.

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Description
Length: 45mm
Only two species of damselfly in Britain have obviously coloured wings. They both belong to the genus Calopteryx. In this species the wings of the mature male have a dark blue-black band across the central portion and those of the female are iridescent pale-green. The body colour is metallic blue-green in the male and green with a bronze tip in the female. The flight is fluttering, butterfly-like and the male often perform a fluttering display flight in front of females.
Habitat
Mainly found along slow-flowing lowland streams and rivers, particularly those with muddy bottoms.

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