Damselflies (suborder Zygoptera) is an insect in the order Odanata. Damselflies are similar to dragonflies but at rest the wings of the damselflies are held along, parallel to the body at rest. The hindwing is similar to the forewing while the hindwings of the dragonfly broadens near the base. Damseflies are weaker fliers compared to dragonflies. Their eyes are separate and look a little too big for their slender bodies.
Over the past few months, I have taken many pictures of damselflies in my garden. The most vibrant ones are the reds and the yellows. The yellow ones in this post are rather pale-looking. Feeding time is really the best time to get good shots. They're loathe to move then, devouring the smaller insect down to the last morsel! I hope you enjoy going through these pictures......
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau