Beautiful demoiselle

Calopteryx virgo


This damselfly is one of only two British damselflies with obviously coloured wings. The females have brown wings and a green body whereas the males have dark-coloured wings against a metallic blue-green body. 

This species exhibits courtship behaviour, with the male attracting the female using his fluttering flight as a display. The males rest on bankside vegetation awaiting females.  


How to identify

Similar to the banded demoiselle, but the male has a large spot on the wing rather than sold pigmentation, and the female beautiful demoiselle has green wings.

Where to find it

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife, including the beautiful demoiselle. But these precious sites are under threat from development, drainage and climate change. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities and be helping local wildlife along the way.

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Species information

Common name
Beautiful demoiselle
Latin name
Calopteryx virgo
Dragonflies and damselflies