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The Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) has to be one of the most attractive damselflies with it’s shimmering metallic green body. Unlike the majority of other damsels, it holds it’s wings dragonfly-like at 45 degrees to it’s body and despite being one of the larger species is very difficult to see at rest amongst the undergrowth. Somewhat easer to spot in flight on a sunny day when the light reflects off those magnificent wings.

This is a female. The male is even more splendid with blue eyes and select areas of blue on the thorax and base of the tail.Tenerals (freshly moulted) are entirely different, being drab, almost beige and hold their wings as other damsels parallel to the body.

HGGT Everyone!

Taken with Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG macro
Manual focus. Hand held.

Explored; Highest position: 133 on Saturday, August 8, 2009. Thanks to everyone who have taken the time to comment!

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