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Chalcolestes viridis Chalcolestes viridis, old female in cleanups ;)<br />
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In the following image the bending of the abdomen is also characteristic of ovipostures.<br />
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In all Odonata (Dragonflies and damselflies) male specimens the bending of the abdomen is a mechanism used to sperm transference to secondary genitalia.  Chalcolestes viridis,Willow Emerald Damselfly,animalia,arthropoda,biodiversity,insects,lestidae,odonata,zygoptera Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Chalcolestes viridis

Chalcolestes viridis, old female in cleanups ;)

In the following image the bending of the abdomen is also characteristic of ovipostures.

Chalcolestes viridis Chalcolestes viridis, oviposition in a branch of Alnus glutinosa. Chalcolestes viridis,Willow Emerald Damselfly,animalia,biodiversity,insects,lestidae,odonata,oviposition,posture,zygoptera


In all Odonata (Dragonflies and damselflies) male specimens the bending of the abdomen is a mechanism used to sperm transference to secondary genitalia.

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  1. Never seen a damselfly do this :) Posted 3 years ago
    1. Yes, its a cleanup ;) in the image it is possible to spot some cowebs strings attached to the genitalia. With this movement female also help themselves to move eggs from the basis of the abdomen to the edge of its genitalia, however, in all Odonata (Dragonflies and damselflies) male specimens the bending of the abdomen is a mechanism used to transfer sperm to the secondary genitalia. Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago

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''Chalcolestes viridis'', formerly ''Lestes viridis'', is a damselfly of the family Lestidae. It has a metallic green body and at rest it holds its wings away from its body. Its common name is the Willow Emerald Damselfly or the Western Willow Spreadwing.

Similar species: Dragonflies And Damselflies
Species identified by RMFelix
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Uploaded Nov 12, 2015. Captured Nov 9, 2015 12:31.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/4.5
  • 1/500s
  • ISO125
  • 80mm