In general, it seems, people do not like insects much preferring birds and mammals but there are some stunningly beautiful insects and the banded agrion (Calopteryx splendens) damselfy has to be up there amongst the best. Well, it is in my book anyway and is certainly in my top ten beautiful insects in Britain and I never tire of watching them
The banded agrion can be told from its close cousin, the beautiful demoiselle, by the dark bands on the wings but otherwise both have this wonderful metallic green/blue colouring which is just amazing in sunlight. This makes it a very conspicuous species and you can hardly miss it when it flies. The female is quite different to the male and can be mistaken for other species and is often thought to be the emerald damselfly.
The banded agrion is a much larger insect than most other damselflies. It is a species of larger, slower moving rivers and canals and can be seen along most of chalk rivers in Dorset; certainly on the Stour, Avon and Frome. It is not fond of the still water of lakes and ponds. Flying from May until September this is quite a common insect in terms of distribution although common is not a word to describe its stunning appearance.
This species has been seen at the following sites featured on the Nature of Dorset:
This map shows the nature reserves and 'hot-spots' featured on the Nature of Dorset where this species has been seen. Obviously it will occur in other places too but this is intended to give you a graphical guide as to the species distribution in Dorset. Click any marker to see the name of the site; you can then click again to see more information about that site.
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