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Calopteryx virgo male.jpg
Calopteryx virgo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Calopterygidae
Sélys, 1850

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The Calopterygidae are a family of damselflies in the order Odonata and are commonly known as broad-winged damselflies or demoiselles. These rather large damselflies have wingspans of 5–8 cm and are often metallic-coloured. The family contains some 150 species. As the common name suggests, they have broader wings than other damselflies and at rest hold their wings parallel to the body and slightly elevated.

The calopterygidae live in permanent streams along banks. They often resident in places of high vexation and debris, favoring logic environment. They have long and thin bodies. The first segment of their antennae is longer than the combination of the length of the rest segments. Their lateral gills are longer than the median gills.[1]


The name is derived from Greek kalos meaning beautiful and ptery meaning winged.


Subfamily Caliphaeinae Tillyard & Fraser, 1939:

Subfamily Calopteryginae Selys, 1859:

Subfamily Hetaerininae Selys, 1853:

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