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No dulcimer, but a damsel*

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Tiny Damselfly 2955

This damselfly was tiny, and much tinier still were the colorful parasitic mites on it.

Today’s photograph comes from July 21 along the upper reaches of Bull Creek.

UPDATE: On August 28th a person at BugGuide.net identified this damselfly as a male Argia translata, known as a dusky dancer.

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* The reference in the title is to the last part of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan.”

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 22, 2016 at 4:51 AM

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