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Tiny damselfly

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On June 24th along and near Bull Creek I noticed plenty of tiny damselflies. This one was about an inch long. After looking at John C. Abbott’s book Damselflies of Texas and comparing with online photographs, I’m thinking this could well have been a male blue-ringed dancer, Argia sedula.

 

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 2, 2022 at 4:26 AM

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  1. Nature has beautiful colors.

    automatic gardener

    July 2, 2022 at 4:29 AM

  2. Perfectly parallel dancer, but which one?

    Steve Gingold

    July 2, 2022 at 4:39 AM

  3. These have begun showing up around the boats now. This is a wonderfully detailed image, right down to its tiny feet.

    shoreacres

    July 2, 2022 at 6:52 AM

    • From “Tiny Dancer” to tiny feet,
      The progression’s quite a feat.

      Do you know whether the damselflies around the boats are the same species as this one?

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 2, 2022 at 8:32 AM

      • I don’t think so. The ones I see can have either green or blue thoraxes, but they don’t have the colored bands on their abdomens.

        shoreacres

        July 11, 2022 at 7:14 AM

  4. I think you’ll find many people disagree.

    Steve Schwartzman

    July 2, 2022 at 8:32 AM

  5. Lovely little creature – I’m very happy to see them around my pond. The detail of you photograph is fantastic.

    Ann Mackay

    July 2, 2022 at 9:12 AM

    • I think we’re all happy to see these little creatures. As I’ve so often done, I’ll credit my 100mm macro lens for the details, of which the full-size image reveals even more.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 2, 2022 at 9:55 AM

  6. An insect with enormous wings and hardly any body!

    Peter Klopp

    July 2, 2022 at 9:26 AM

  7. A beautiful portrait, Steve!

    Lavinia Ross

    July 2, 2022 at 9:46 AM

  8. A tiny jewel!

    Eliza Waters

    July 2, 2022 at 8:03 PM

  9. Beautiful details, I’d forgotten they get that small. It’s a bluet in the genus Enallagma, I think, but I don’t know which species.

    tomwhelan

    July 2, 2022 at 8:31 PM

    • I think you’re right about the genus being Enallagma but I’ve had a hard time matching the species.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 2, 2022 at 10:25 PM

      • They are difficult to ID. The band pattern is one thing to check, the structure of the last tail segment is another.

        tomwhelan

        July 2, 2022 at 11:17 PM

        • After looking at John C. Abbott’s book Damselflies of Texas and comparing with online photographs, I’m thinking this could well have been a male blue-ringed dancer, Argia sedula. I’ve added a link at the end of my text that leads to photographs of that species.

          Steve Schwartzman

          July 3, 2022 at 9:32 AM

  10. This is a great photo of an amazing creature. Without knowing anything about mechanics and aerodynamics, its body parts still strike me as being out of proportion, especially that endlessly long abdomen.

    tanjabrittonwriter

    July 3, 2022 at 12:38 PM

  11. Beautiful photo of a beautiful damselfly

    Alessandra Chaves

    July 4, 2022 at 10:18 AM

    • Yesterday I went to see what the German word for damselfly is and my translation site defaulted to Portuguese libelinha. I guess the last time I’d gone to the site I looked up something in Portuguese. Now we get to say the rhyming minha libelinha.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 4, 2022 at 11:25 AM

  12. Fantastic focusing – these little ones are tough to photograph

    norasphotos4u

    July 5, 2022 at 8:37 PM

    • Of the damselfly pictures I took that morning, this was the only one I felt was of good enough quality to show. Fortunately all it takes is one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 5, 2022 at 10:06 PM

  13. Such balance and colours. Quite a detailed shot.

    navasolanature

    July 8, 2022 at 2:54 PM

    • Thanks. Of the various damselfly pictures I took that day, this is the only one I felt satisfied enough with to show here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 8, 2022 at 4:02 PM

  14. I can’t confirm or deny the identity, but I can say it’s a fantastic photograph and a beautiful species. I love the delicacy of damselflies.

    Todd Henson

    July 9, 2022 at 2:29 PM

    • Thanks. It’s not always possible to get the camera’s sensor parallel to a damselfly’s body but this time I managed to do that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 9, 2022 at 6:56 PM


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