Sedge Sprite

July 03, 2017  •  2 Comments

Dragonfly or Damselfly? Dragonflies, in general, are larger and more robust than damselflies. Dragonflies hold their wings out to the side when at rest, while damselflies usually fold their wings up over their back when at rest. (Spreadwing damselflies may hold their wings open partway or fold them over their backs.) In true dragonflies the head is rounded and the compound eyes touch each other at the top (except in one family). In damselflies, the head is wide, almost dumbbell-shaped. The space between the compound eyes is wider than the eye itself.

Damselflies, young and old, are carnivores. Their “long tibial (leg) spines, and wings held over abdomen when perched may indicate they are flycatchers.” Midges are probably a big part of their diet, and the aquatic naiads (the aquatic larva or nymph) feed on any small critters they can catch.

This is an image of a Damselfly and to be more specific a Sedge Sprite Damselfly. This species is one of the smallest Damselflies at less than one inch in length.



I was lucky a few years ago to photograph a dragonfly from a nymph to full dragonfly. Took about an hour in the water taking the pictures all along its emergence. They were not safe from the ducks at that point. I really like your comments after each picture you take.
That this delicate, beautiful and slightly bizarre creature even exists, but yet functions as an intricate part of our ecosystem, definitely speaks to the miraculous natural world we live in. Cool image !
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