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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis)

• 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

Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis)

Distribution map Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis

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


General • a large, Western Mediterranean species which occurs in Italy, the South of France, Iberia and on most Western- Mediterranean Islands
Classification • suborder: Zygoptera (damselflies); family: Calopterygidae
Scientific name Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis (Vander Linden, 1825)
Distribution • click or tap the Map button above
Notes • its flight is fluttery and butterfly-like
  • males engage in a dazzling display flight to attract females into their territories
  • to demonstrate the suitability of an ovipositing site males sit down on the water and allow the current to carry them by that site while 'flashing' the coloured underside of their abdomen tips at the females
  • both males and females hold territories at the water
Habitat • fairly wide, slow-flowing and sunny streams and rivers
Dimensions • typical body length: 45-48 mm; hindwing: 23-37 mm
Both sexesAbdomen➤ the abdomen is coppery brown or dark green
 Wings• the wings are fairly pointed and narrow
MaleThorax• the thorax is coppery brown or dark green
 Abdomen• the abdomen is coppery brown or dark green
  ➤ in mature males the underside of the last three abdominal segments is rosy-red; in immature males it is white
 Wings• the wings lack a (pseudo-)pterostigma
  • the wings are clear at the base but from well before the node they're completely dark all the way through to the tip
FemaleThorax• the thorax is coppery brown-green and has thin antehumeral stripes
 Abdomen• the top of the abdomen is coppery brown-green
 Wings➤ the wings are translucent brown, but in mature females a dark band runs through the hindwing tips
  • the wings bear a white pseudopterostigma
Photographs • nearly all of our photos below were made in Tuscany and the South of Italy

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

Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis; wing, female
Note: The dark hindwing bands are missing in immature females

Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis)
Female head and thorax in lateral view
Drawing by Ruth Ilka Nüß
© 2013 Lehmann & Nüß and DragonflyPix.com

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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♂

1 / 20; PhotoID: Da012 01/09/2016 10:15 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♂

2 / 20; PhotoID: Da020 03/07/2009 16:20 Italy F5.6 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♀

3 / 20; PhotoID: Da124 03/07/2009 14:53 Italy F8 1/30 180mm ISO100 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♀

4 / 20; PhotoID: Da125 14/07/2016 13:47 Italy F8 1/80 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ⚤

5 / 20; PhotoID: Da126 10/06/2015 14:51 Spain F8 1/30 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♂

6 / 20; PhotoID: Da127 05/06/2008 10:53 Italy F5.6 1/180 180mm ISO100 Canon40D -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♂

7 / 20; PhotoID: Da131 21/05/2009 11:38 Italy F8 1/125 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♀

8 / 20; PhotoID: Da132 25/07/2016 15:21 Italy F8 1/50 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♂

9 / 20; PhotoID: Da133 13/04/2014 10:50 Italy F8 1/60 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♂

10 / 20; PhotoID: Da134 27/08/2018 10:54 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♀

11 / 20; PhotoID: Da135 29/06/2017 17:46 Italy F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♀

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14 / 20; PhotoID: Da175 03/07/2009 16:14 Italy F5.6 1/160 180mm ISO200 Canon50D -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♀

15 / 20; PhotoID: Da213 04/06/2017 17:50 Spain F8 1/500 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♀

16 / 20; PhotoID: Da243 11/05/2007 16:53 Italy F5.6 1/320 180mm ISO200 Canon30D -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♂

17 / 20; PhotoID: Da245 25/08/2014 13:49 Italy F8 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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18 / 20; PhotoID: Da330 25/08/2014 11:53 Italy F9.5 1/250 180mm ISO200 Canon7D -Crop -Flash MF
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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♂

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Caloptéryx hémorroïdal (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) ♂

20 / 20; PhotoID: Da356 18/07/2016 12:17 Italy F8 1/160 180mm ISO400 Canon7D2 -Crop -Flash MF