Damselfly on sea cliffs: Beautiful Demoiselle

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During a trip to see what the tail end of Hurricane Katia had brought with it to Godrevy Point on the North Cornish coast this tatty Beautiful Demoiselle was seen struggling to fly against the wind along the top of the cliffs. Presumably it had been blown by the wind from the fast flowing fresh water stream that crosses the inland moorland to discharge onto the sandy beach about half a mile away. It certainly was a strange sight but made a change from watching the seals bobbing up and down far below in the Atlantic.

Insight into Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo): common along fast flowing clear streams of the south west of the UK. The larvae live amongst submerged water plants and the adults emerge from May to September.

Reference: Dragonflies and Dameselflies of Great Britain and Ireland.

Related pages: Damselfly posts | British damselflies gallery

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