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A Spreadwing damselfly (Family Lestidae) which was attracted to an outside light of our home in Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
’n Waterjuffer onder ’n buitelig in ons tuin in 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. Altwee pare vlerke is eenders gevorm en vou gewoonlik terug bokant die liggaam wanneer die waterjuffer rus. Sy groot, uitstaande oë lê wyd uitmekaar en steek soos knope aan weerskante van sy kop uit.

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

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waterjuffers, damselflies, spreadwings, zygoptera, eastern cape, south africa, rina greeff

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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  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 1 year ago

    Absolutely GORGEOUS capture Rina!!

  • Thanks, Maree: so many insects are attracted to the outside lights now – the frogs are having a feast!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Yool
    Yoolover 1 year ago

  • Delighted: thank you!!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairover 1 year ago

    Great!! Lovely image

  • Thank you: much appreciated!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 1 year ago

    ×°×Congratulations on your very wonderful and well deserved feature!!×°×

  • Thank you for ythe kind words: glad you’ve enjoyed it!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Macky
    Mackyover 1 year ago


    Beautiful!!

  • Thanks, Macky: just love their fragile wings!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 1 year ago

    21 Nov 2012

  • Baie dankie: groot waardering!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisover 1 year ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?

    CONGRATULATIONS Rina!
    Enjoy the Permanent Featured Gallery – December 15/2012!
    Have a wonderful Weekend!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • Thank you: much appreciated!!

    – Rina Greeff

  • flips99
    flips99over 1 year ago

    Very beautiful, such lovely golden light and colour tones.

  • Thank you so much!!

    – Rina Greeff

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago
  • Thank you: much appreciated!

    – Rina Greeff

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