Submitted by AJ Cann on Sun, 25/06/2017 - 06:20

Beautiful Demoiselle

NatureSpot is for recording the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland - all of it, including the mundane. In spite of that it's hard not to get excited when something new or unusual comes along. More....

Many of us will be familiar with the Banded Demoiselle which graces our rivers and streams in the County, but few of us have seen the Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) in VC55. Although cited historically by various authorities as being "common on the Southern boundary (of Leicestershire) and in Rutland" (Roebuck, 1932), "locally common (in Leicestershire)" (Longfield, 1937) and present in Leicestershire in 1960 (Corbet et al, 1960), there have been few recent records of this species here. What a joy then that one was spotted on the 18th of June - because it there's one, there are probably more - so please keep your eyes open near rivers and streams.