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Male Banded Demoiselle

Male Banded Demoiselle
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-16
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 200, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East-II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-27 7:23
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Calopteryx splendens ssp. intermedia (Banded Demoiselle) (Male)

I captured this male in Ürünlu (Kırklareli province) near a streamside which I captured previous female. According to literature, only large, dark male forms of C. splendens (e.g. Turkish ssp. intermedia) could be mistaken for C. virgo (Beautiful Demoiselle) (especially the paler ssp. meridionalis of south-west Europe), but potentially confusing forms are widely separated geographically. The habitat (streamside) confirm me that this is a Banded Demoiselle male since the Beautiful Demoiselle is more often seen in deep forest shade.

TFL and Have a nice new week!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, Ege University, Faculty of Science. All Rights Reserved.


This damselfly is most familiar riverine (streamside) odonate. It is a variable species and numerous forms have been named. It is also one of the largest damselfly species with a total length of 45-48mm (Abdomen length: 33-41 mm, Hindwing span: 27-36mm). Males are metallic blue with a dark blue band across each wing (actually brown, crossed by metallic blue veins). In extreme cases, wing markings may be absent, although the metallic veins still make the wings appear blue. Male 'tail-light' (underside 8th to10th abdominal segments) is bright yellow to greyish white, with a black stripe along the middle of 8th and usually 9th abdominal segment. 10th abdominal segment is often whitish pruinose in older males. Typical females are less conspicuous, with metallic green body and veins, clear greenish wings (not tinted brown) and usually a white pseudopterostigma. In andromorph females, which have male wing colours, the wing band contrasts with the white pseudopterostigma (which males lack).

Variations: Wing markings are present at emergence, but not yet fully coloured. The extent of the male wing colour varies widely individually and geographically. Many subspecies have been based on this variation, but there is much variation within these and also broad zones of introgression between them. Unbanded C. splendens populations (recalling C. exul-Glittering Demoiselle) occur. Palest ones have very restricted, often circular, wing spots: the clear tip is about half as wide as the spot. These are found in the Crimea (taurica), but also in parts of Denmark, Ireland and the Danube Valley. The darkest form (intermedia) occurs along Turkey's south-eastern coast: the colour includes the wing tip (like C. xanthostoma-Western Demoiselle) and descends to about halfway between the wing base and node. Locally (e.g. near Adana) all females are andromorph, but westwards along the coast andromorph frequency drops, and the wing bands become shorter; west of Antalya the tips develop a clear fringe. The similar balcanica occurs from the Greek islands and Peloponnese, along the Dalmatian coast to Croatia. Intermediate forms inhabit the rest of Europe. Darker ones, with rather narrow clear tips, occur on Crete (the robust, genetically distinctive cretensis), in Italy (caprai) and in a broad swathe roughly between the Black, Caspian and Baltic Seas (ancilla) There is much variation in wing coloration and female forms in these areas, e.g. andromorhes become rare as one moves north in Italy. In south-west France and along the Ligurian coast, ssp. caprai encounters (and may hybridise with) C xanthostoma. In large areas (e.g. Great Britain, much of France and Germany) the typical splendens occurs with a fairly narrow band that extends from 1- 3mm basal of the node to about 2-5mm from the wing tip. Finally, the splendens-like amasina extends north of intermedia and balcanica in Turkey and the southern Balkans.

Banded Demoiselle is often found numerous, extending to Lake Baikal and north-west China. Being conspicuous, wandering males are often noted far from suitable habitat. It prefers the most (partially) open running waters, avoiding cold torrents, high mountains and deep shade, and scarce on large rivers. The flight season includes the late April to October in the south; May to August in the north.


1. Chinery, M. (1986). Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe, Collins, Glasgow, 320 pp.
2. Dijkstra K.-D. (2006). Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe including Western Turkey and noth-Western Africa. British Wildlife Publishing, Dorset, UK. 320 pp.
3. ARKive.

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Ciao amico Bayram, fantastic damselfly with wonderful metallic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, lovely blurry BG, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Merhaba, Bayram.Nice capture of this beautiful Banded Damoiselle from a interesting angle with good depth of field, colors and sharpness.I also like the presentation and the background. Selamlar.

Alan, renkler ve netlik iyi derinliği olan bir ilginç açıdan bu güzel çiçek Nice yakalamak. tebrikler.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-27 7:48]

Well done Bayram, a fine macro all over, technically perfect and very well composed, great job!


Hello MF Bayram,

Beautiful blue tones, excellent macro full of light and beauty!
Congratulations and TFS

hello Bayram,

very beautiful damesfly , excellent composition , colors and sharpness

A very good macro work


Selam Bayram Bey,
Yine harika bir çekim, harika kompozisyon ve netlik.
Selahattin E

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  • akg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 0 N: 171] (2264)
  • [2009-12-27 9:48]

Hello Bayram,
superb capture of this beautiful demoiselle! Wonderful close up shot, great deal of sharpness, the details are seen so well. Nice colour as well.
Lovely work.
Best regards, abhijit.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-12-27 10:49]
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Aman Tanrım ...Ne güzel bir mavi bu böyle Bayram bey...Sadece erkeğine mahsus bir renk mi?Harika detaylar,harika kompozisyon.Ellerinize sağlık.Necla.

Gerçekten çok hoş bir mavisi varmış,yakışmış erkek kız böceğimize:) Bunların en itici yanı kafatasları,gerisi kanatlarıyla gövdeleri ve kuyruklarıyla oldukça zarif duruyorlar...
Ellerine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

Merhaba Üstad,
Nefis bir makro görsel daha.Renkler ve arka plan süper.Eline sağlık.


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-12-27 12:45]

Merhaba hocam...
bu güzel çalışmalarınızı merak ve dikkatle takip ediyoruz, açıklayıcı güzel notunuzla güzel işler çıkarıyorsunuz, tebrikler...buda güzel bir detay çalışması ne güzel netlik ve kadraj,..selamlar

Hi Bayram
fascinating damselfly, astonishing metallic colors.
excellent close up shot. perfect clarity of features. amazing profile. another remarkable capture for scientific publication.

Bonsoir mon ami Bayram,

Mademoiselle Lapis lazulli est rayonnante.
On ne se lasse pas de ces élégantes présentées
par un photographe talentueux.
Cette libellule m'inspire à vous dire, qu'elle a des pattes qui ressemblent
à des arêtes de poisson, juste pour sourire :lol:
Mes amitiés et bonne soirée.


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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-12-28 0:19]

Merhaba my friend...
You are expert for macro shot...

Bello macro de esta demoiselle de intenso color azul metalico como si se tratase de un caballero de la edad media ,enhorabuena
Buen trabajo
un salido
feliz año nuevo

Hi Bayram!

I love this blue! I think this is why is like them so much is there brilliant color and big eyes. Great note! So very well captured and composed MF! I like the yellow tail-light reference. :)


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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-12-28 8:10]

Hello Bayram.

Splendid, exceptionally beauty dragon-fly.
Perfect formulation...light and sharpness, beautiful natural colours.
It pleases me very, congratulations.

My best wishes.

Merhaba Bayram,

Another excellent macro shot.
Great POV/DOF, focus, sharpness, light...
Colors of this damselfly are amazing and perfectly shown.

Best regards,

Hello Bayram,

Yes I remember spending a good while last summer by the Potomac River trying a damselfy shot. I was not as successful as you are. I love the focus on the wings, the diagonal is awesome. A superb posting. Best regards.


Great macro shot.
Nice focus and colors.
I like this photos,
regards Zoran

Hello Bayram,
I realy stopped counting, how many different specimen of damsel- and dragonflies you captured during summertime.
It's amazing - and I like this one very much, so beautiful with the blue wings.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Bayram,
Magnificent macro shot!
Perfect sharpness. Lovely colors, fantastic light and nicely blurred background.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Great note.

Great colors and brightness, my dear friend Bayram.
Wonderful focus and DOF, and nice POV. Well done! TFS!

Warm regards,

Hi Bayram
What amazing intricate wing detail on this male Banded Demoiselle. The iridescent colour of his body is stunning. Well done and TFS MCF.

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