Damselfly In Arizona

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All around the little lake in Kearny, Arizona were dragonflies and Damselflies. They varied in size from small to large, and they were harder to sneak up on than the birds. This one was very small.
After learning what this guys name is I found this over at Wikipedia.org. Damselflies (suborder Zygoptera) are insects in the order Odonata. Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most damselflies are held along, and parallel to, the body when at rest. Furthermore, the hindwing of the damselfly is essentially similar to the forewing, while the hindwing of the dragonfly broadens near the base, caudal to the connecting point at the body. Damselflies are also usually smaller, weaker fliers than dragonflies, and their eyes are separated.


Southern_Heart - Jun 30, 2010 03:41 PM EDT
You are welcome. We have hundreds of dragonflies here in Texas and easy to get shots of as they sit still but these Damselflies tend to keep on the move.I got a blue one the other day. That was a lucky shot.You do good with your closeups I like your work. :-) Joyce
bubbalinn - Jun 30, 2010 10:53 AM EDT
Hi T.T.G.P :) and Joyce. Thanks very much for your great comments and help naming this cool flying machine. I see some medium size dragonflies here where I live but not very often, they very seldom land for a break. I think they are so neat from there looks to how fast they can fly. There like little helicopters... I'm glad you enjoyed my photo, I will be fixing the name and description shortly. Time for some Google searching.
Southern_Heart - Jun 30, 2010 06:49 AM EDT
Very nice close up of the Damselfly. I love how they come in all different colors like thier cousins the dragonflies.You did good getting this picture and a nice and clear shot. Joyce
thrutheglassphotography - Jun 29, 2010 08:38 PM EDT
Hey, nice photo. This is actually a Damselfly. Both dragonflies and damselflies belong to the order Odonada.
bubbalinn - May 13, 2010 09:23 AM EDT
Hi Beverly and Carol... Thanks so much for your nice comments. It was fun trying to take there photos, there's not many to practice on back here at home.
shutterbug - May 12, 2010 03:26 PM EDT
Very nice photo of the dragonfly!
talsi - May 12, 2010 11:58 AM EDT
Nice clear image with good background

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