Delicate Blue-tailed Damselfly.

William Brennan

Rockaway, United States

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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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