Adult male Blue-tailed Damselflies have a head and thorax patterned with blue and black. They have a largely black abdomen with very narrow pale markings where each segment joins the next. Segment eight, however, is entirely pale blue.
Female, not yet fully colored Female Blue-tailed Damselflies come in a variety of color forms, including a pink form, a violet form and a pale green form. Purple/violet, pink and green forms are juvenile, with the color darkening as the damselfly ages. Mature female damselflies are usually brown/green, or blue which is an andromorph form. Mating wheel of Ischnura elegans – At the top the male Damselfly nymphs are aquatic, and prey on small aquatic insects or other aquatic larvae. The adult damselflies prey on small flying insects, caught using their legs like a basket to scoop the prey up while flying, or insects taken from leaves. At rest, the wings of most damselfly species are held back together, unlike dragonflies, which rest with their wings out flat.
I caught the blue tail of this one out of the corner of my eye. It’s easy to miss them altogether due to their minuscule size. I captured this male in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ. I used a Nikon D3100 with a Nikon 85mm macro lens.


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I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    22 June 2011 – 1 image per day

    Great macro shot!

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelabout 3 years ago

  • Excellent! Thanks so much fourthangel. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful image, congratulations on your feature!

  • Thanks for the nice comment Glenn! =)

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