Amazing creatures... This is an image of another local resident, an insect known as the Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo
. The picture doesn't actually do these little insects justice. This is the female of the species, identifiable by the small white spots on her wings known as pseudopterostigma, and by the wonderful shimmering metallic greenish-bronze colouring of her abdomen. The male is equally striking, the differences being that that he is a deep metallic blue colour and has large darkish blue wings without the white markings (image to follow). The Beautiful Demoiselle is one of only two species of damselfly found in Great Britain with coloured wings, the other being the Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens
Many people have difficulty differentiating between dragonflies and damselflies; the simple way to distinguish them from each other is from the way that they hold their wings when resting. Dragonflies rest with their wings in an open, horizontal position whereas damselflies/demoiselles hold their wings closed together and in a vertical position.