Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Japanese Demoiselle (Calopteryx japonica)

Adult male Japanese Demoiselle (Calopteryx japonica) at Arashiyama, Japan - June 2013

Local Name (Japan): Aohadatonbo (アオハダトンボ) - "Awaoda Dragonfly"
Length: 55-68mm 
Wingspan: ?
UK Status: Not Present IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

This Demoiselle is enormous by the standards of British Dragonflies and Damselflies, more akin to a decent sized dragonfly.  It was seen on the path up to the Monkey Sanctuary through the forested Hills of Arashiyama, and at the time appeared entirely black, but subsequent inspection revealed a greenish tinge to it.

Related Species:
Order: Odondata
Family: Calopterygiae
Genus: Calopteryx
SUBSPECIES: None - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Resident seen in Summer..
 - KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: A single individual at Arashiyama.

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List .

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