The beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) ~ a vibrant damselfly species.

Today's species feature puts the spotlight on the beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo). This damselfly is found in almost all parts of Europe. Taxonomy Damselflies are closely related to dragonflies, they are both in the taxonomic order Odonata and damselflies are in the suborder Zygoptera. This suborder is an ancient an ancient one and fossils from it have been dated back to about 250 million years ago! Damselflies vs. Dragonflies Damselflies and Dragonflies do look fairly similar but there are a few reliable ways to tell them apart. The most obvious one is the shape of their abdomen. Damselflies have a long, thin abdomen while dragonflies appear shorter and more stocky. Another way is h

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