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I chose Forest Farm Nature Reserve for my wander on day 28 of #30DaysWild, to take advantage of the large shady trees, and I’m very glad I did because it was another scorcher. As well as the thrill of seeing my very first White-letter hairstreak butterfly (along with many other butterfly species), I was particularly delighted by the Beautiful demoiselle damselflies (Calopteryx virgo). Their iridescent colours sparkled in the dappled sunlight as they flitted back and forth along the old Glamorgan Canal. Fairies!

180628 Beautiful demoiselle female

Beautiful Demoiselle female, showing dark brown wings and white wing spot

180628 Beautiful demoiselle male

Beautiful Demoiselle male, showing dark blue wings and no white wing spot