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Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis

• Scientific name: Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825)
• English name: Copper Demoiselle
• German name: Bronzene Prachtlibelle
• French name: Caloptéryx hémorroïdal
• Dutch name: Koperen beekjuffer
• Swedish name: N/A
• Norwegian name: N/A
• Finnish name: N/A
• Danish name: N/A
• Italian name: Splendente culviola
• Czech name: N/A
• Slovenian name: Temni bleščavec
• Bulgarian name: N/A
• Typical length: 45-48 mm
• Hindwing: 23-37 mm

Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis

Distribution map

Map data based on J.-P. Boudot & V. J. Kalkman (eds.),
Atlas of the European Dragonflies and Damselflies

The Copper Demoiselle is a large damselfly. Like all European Calopteryx species, its flight is fluttery and butterfly-like and - uniquely among European odonata - Calopteryx males engage in a dazzling display flight to attract females into their territories. The Copper Demoiselle's range is limited to the Western Mediterranean basin and includes Italy, the South of France, the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Islands. Here in Italy it's quite a common species and at some of our local rivers and streams it can be very numerous. Unlike its congener the Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo), Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis doesn't seem to be too picky when it comes to habitat selection; the water quality needs to be reasonably good but after that any running water - large or small, slow or fast, sandy or rocky, sunny or shady - seems to be acceptable. The species' most distinctive features include the rosy-red underside of the last three segments of the male's abdomen (which gives the species its scientific name), and the dark band which runs through the female's hind wing tips and which is clearly visible when she folds her wings together. [Please note that in immature males the underside of S8-S10 is whitish rather than rosy-red; see some of our photographs below.]

Line DrawingLineDrawing: the female's head and thorax in lateral view.

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5 / 20; PhotoID: Da126 10/06/2015 14:51 Espanja F8 1/30 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
6 / 20; PhotoID: Da127 05/06/2008 10:53 Italia F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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10 / 20; PhotoID: Da134 14/08/2006 12:16 Italia F8 1/60 180mm ISO100 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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14 / 20; PhotoID: Da175 03/07/2009 16:14 Italia F5.6 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
15 / 20; PhotoID: Da213 04/06/2017 17:50 Espanja F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
16 / 20; PhotoID: Da243 11/05/2007 16:53 Italia F5.6 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
17 / 20; PhotoID: Da245 25/08/2014 13:49 Italia F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
18 / 20; PhotoID: Da330 25/08/2014 11:53 Italia F9.5 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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20 / 20; PhotoID: Da356 18/07/2016 12:17 Italia F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF