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Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens is widespread on slow moving water in more southerly areas of Britain. Males are distinctive with a blue band or patch on their wings. Females, illustrated here, are metallic green with translucent pale green iridescent wings which have a white spot near the tip. Females, like the females of most damselflies, tend to stay some distance from the water unless they are actually breeding.