Slender Spreading damselflies (females)

I spotted two Slender Spreadwing damselflies (Lestes rectangularis) during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 23 June 2014. Both damselflies are females.

The first individual was spotted near a vernal pool far from the central wetland area. Its blue coloration is extraordinarily beautiful!

Slender Spreadwing damselfly (female)

Slender Spreadwing damselfly (female)

The second individual was spotted alongside the boardwalk in the central wetland area hemi-marsh. Notice the difference in coloration between these two female damselflies of the same species.

I don’t think all females get as blue as in your previous pictures [shown above]. Like I always say, structure and pattern are better [field] marks than color. Source Credit: Ed Lam, author and illustrator of Damselflies of the Northeast.

Slender Spreadwing damselfly (female)

Special thanks to Ed Lam and Dennis Doucet, members of the “Northeast Odonata” Facebook group, for help in identifying the damselflies featured in this post!

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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3 Responses to “Slender Spreading damselflies (females)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    It’s pretty amazing to know that the two damselflies are of the same species (and a little disconcerting to learn that color is not a reliable indicator). Beautiful shots to highlight the differences in color.

  2. Christy Says:

    Very interesting and informative post. Great photos as we’ll.

  3. Top 10 Photos of 2014 | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

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