A Spreadwing damselfly (Family Lestidae) which was attracted to a light in our home at Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
’n Waterjuffer onder ’n lig in ons huis op Jansenville.

The damselfly is a primitive flying insect, similar to the dragonfly but smaller, measuring between three and five centimetres in length. They are generally green, but can be yellow-brown, brown or black. It gets its name from the way its wings spread out when it is resting. The spreadwing is a carnivorous predator that often catches small insects in flight. It has two large compound eyes which give the spreadwing a wide field of vision. It spends the majority of its life as a larva in ponds or streams, hunting aquatic insects. Spreadwings are widespread in Africa and other parts of the world.

Naaldekokers behoort tot die orde Odonata, terwyl die waterjuffers (damselflies) tot die orde Zygoptera behoort. Waterjuffers het ook twee paar dun vlerke, kort voelhorings en ’n lang lyf. Die waterjuffer is delikater gebou as die naaldekoker.

Camera: CanonEOS 500D Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

My husband and I live in Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We both love nature, and therefore most of my subjects are the incredible wealth of fauna and flora in Southern Africa. I also write poetry in Afrikaans (one of the eleven official languages in South Africa) and often combine these poems with the photos I’ve taken. Thank you for stopping by!

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  • tinypaws
    tinypawsalmost 2 years ago

    Amazing detail! ;0)

  • They are so beautiful – I love looking at the close-ups where one can see the tiny little hairs on their bodies too!

    – Rina Greeff

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