A Demoiselle (not in distress) fly

Earlier this summer, I spotted this beautiful banded demoiselle fly (female) perched on a flower bud. And it just so happened that I had my camera with macro lens! Some results are below.

Banded Demoiselle (Female). Click on picture for a larger version on Flickr
Banded Demoiselle (Female). Click on picture for a larger version on Flickr

There are, according to this handy website, only two species of demoiselles in the United Kingdom, of which I have now photographed one. The other I have seen on occasion in the west country but never been close enough to take a decent photograph. Demoiselles belong to the same family as the dragonflies but are more closely related to the damselflies.

Technical Details:
Nikon D700 with a Sigma f2.8 105mm macro lens
ISO 200 with f8.0 aperture priority
Nikon D600 speedlight flash
Processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.2


Beware – Here be dragon(flies)

Ruddy Darter

Ruddy Darter – is it looking at me?

Common Hawker

Common Hawker

I suppose I was hoping to have identified relatively rare species of these, but as their names suggest, they are both ‘common’! Nevertheless it was great to have had that extra moment to focus on these before they flew away.

For a comprehensive list of dragonflies, please see the British Dragonfly Society webpage.

Technical Data

Panasonic TZ30 Camera on (I'm sorry to say) on iAuto Mode