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Damsel Not in Distress I really have had a hard time catching a close up shot of a damselfly, but this pretty lady sat very still for me and let me get comfortably close Eastern Forktail,Ischnura verticalis,Midwest,Missouri,Rural,United States,damselfly Click/tap to enlarge

Damsel Not in Distress

I really have had a hard time catching a close up shot of a damselfly, but this pretty lady sat very still for me and let me get comfortably close

    comments (5)

  1. Yes, they can be quite hard to get close to. Some tips I use myself:
    - never break their light
    - when they fly away, stay. they often return to the exact same spot
    - if possible, find them in the early sun, when they're not yet heated up enough to be active
    Posted 5 years ago
  2. I'm not convinced this is the right species. Posted 5 years ago
  3. Thank you so very much!! Agsin this is fastly becoming my favorite place on the web Posted 5 years ago
    1. This is a good guide, did you check all the species in it? This is certainly not a forktail. It looks like a spreadwing - genus Lestes, not sure which one though, there are several similar species found in Missouri.
      http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/insects/dfly/mo/toc.htm
      http://bugguide.net/node/view/2943/bgpage
      Posted 5 years ago, modified 5 years ago

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Uploaded Aug 30, 2014. Captured Aug 29, 2014 18:49.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T3
  • f/5.6
  • 1/99s
  • ISO200
  • 55mm