Dew Drop Demoiselle at Dawn

Dew Drop Demoiselle at Dawn - Butterflies, Dragonflies and Demoiselles
A female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) covered in dewdrops at dawn at Venta Icenorum, the remains of a Roman Town, Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk. It's slowly climbing the reed to gain a higher position and to take advantage of the rising sun. Until it is sufficiently warm it will not be able to fly. If threatened it's only tactic is to simply let go of the reed and fall to the safety of thick undergrowth beneath. The image was captured at Venta Icenorum founded by the Romans in 60 AD at the confluence of the River Wensum and Yare. These days it is the beautiful but tiny River Tas that flows through the site which continues to provide the habitat for the Demoiselle. It is strange to think that Romans 2000 years ago would have been able to see the Demoiselle behaving in exactly the same way.
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