Kigelia58

Kigelia58

Posted on 09/30/2013


Photo taken on September 29, 2013


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Mating damselflies

Mating damselflies
It was really exciting yesterday while trying to photograph dragonflies and damselflies. I found and was able to photograph two pairs of mating Odonata.

A pair of meadowhawks landed on me - previous post - and this pair of damselflies did as well. These didn't stay as long! But I did manage to photograph them several times on different plants they landed on....this being the best one showing both insects in their entirety! I believe these are a type of spreadwing, genus Lestes; and possibly the Northern Spreadwing or Lestes disjunctus. Let me know if you are a dragonfly expert and disagree. I'm using iNaturalist software tools to help me narrow the identification!

Chantal HILLENVECK dite Chalâme, Don Sutherland have particularly liked this photo


9 comments - The latest ones
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Wonderful capture. What beautiful creatures.
4 years ago.
J-d Welch
J-d Welch
another very cool capture!! 8 )
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4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful capture.
4 years ago.
Janet Brien
Janet Brien
FANNNNNNNNNNNNNNTASTIC!!! What luck to get so many nice pictures and to have them land on you too!! WONDERFUL!!! :)
4 years ago.
Kigelia58 has replied to Janet Brien
You are right...much luck...and as I learned from Sonja they are trying to deposit eggs at this point....thus the happiness to land on ANYTHING...my hand included, as a site to deposit eggs!
4 years ago.
Lil I --( Irene2carton old flickr name )
Lil I --( Irene2cart…
Wonderful shot

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4 years ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Sure a spreadwing couple of some sort, Sue, and a rather cute and very married looking one! :)
But I think the real phase of mating is already over. They oviposit here which means the guy stays attached, protecting his lady while she puts her fertilized eggs inside shrubbery shots above the water. In Europe we use this behaviour as part of the ID when in daubt, considering species of the plant and hight above the water level along with body lenght, thorax stripes, the look of the pterostigma and the date of observance. I still think the species are not really easy to tell apart......
4 years ago.
Kigelia58 has replied to Sonja
Thank you, Sonja, for your information...that's very good to know...I know the identification is often difficult....I still have the photo listed with iNaturalist, so hopefully will get some input from scientists here who might know...otherwise, he can be a generic spreadwing!
4 years ago.
Daniel Stauffer
Daniel Stauffer
très belle image
4 years ago.