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Beautiful Demoiselle Andy

Male Demoiselle eating prey

     Beautiful Demoiselle  

(Agrion Virgo)

Female Demoiselle

I have spent many hours's sat on the banks of my favourite New Forest stream watching these lovely insects flying in the sunshine.  They catch small insects on the wing then pitch to eat their prey. Males have a metallic blue-green body with purple-brownish wings and females have a metallic green body and the brownish wings have a white spot just above the end of each wing.

The aquatic larvae take 2 years to mature. Demoiselles can be seen from May to September along fast-flowing rivers and streams during the summer months.