This is one of my favorite photos, mating emerald damselflies (Lestes sponsa). The top one is the male; females lack the bright blue color of the males.
Damselflies are most common in July and August, so I spent the last couple of weeks by the small lake near our house photographing them. Emerald damselflies are found mainly near stagnant water (lakes and ponds, canals, etc.), rarely along flowing water. Aren’t they beautiful?
A well-camouflaged winter damselfly (Sympecma fusca). They like to perch among reeds, where their muted colors allow them to blend in.
They’re related to the emerald damselflies (Lestes sponsa) and, like them, can be found near stagnant water; but they don’t have their bright red or blue colors.
Western Willow Spreadwing (Chalcolestes viridis)
Moustached Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum)
Another photo of that moustached darter.
Which photo do you like most? My favorite is the top one, the mating emerald damselflies, even though it was hard to choose, I love them all!
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