“Crinkle-cut” chronicles

You know you’ve slipped over the edge when … you begin naming distinctive individual odonates that you spot on two or more days at the same location. (Feel free to add more tell-tale signs as comments.)

I’m fairly certain all of the photos in this post show the same male Great Spreadwing damselfly (Archilestes grandis) that I discovered on 09 October 2014 at Huntley Meadows Park. The wingtips of this damselfly are very distinctive — it’s hard to imagine another individual with similar damage to all of its wings! I call him “Crinkle-cut” because it looks like his wingtips were trimmed with a pair of crinkle-cut craft scissors.

“Crinkle-cut” is VERY aggressive — he’s a great spreadwing and behaves like he knows it! Whenever another odonate enters his “space,” a wild aerial duel occurs and the invader is vanquished quickly! My theory is Crinkle-cut’s wings were injured as a result of multiple turf battles; other experienced odonate-hunters speculate his wings were damaged during emergence.

I’ve seen “Crinkle-cut” three times since the first sighting on 09 October 2014: 17 October; 20 October; and again on 24 October. I did not see him during photowalks on 27 and 30 October. Photos of my sightings are shown in reverse-chronological order.

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

24 October 2014

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

20 October 2014

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

20 October 2014

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

20 October 2014

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

20 October 2014

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

17 October 2014

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    […] Spreadwing damselfly on 09 October 2014, an aggressive individual that came to be known as “Crinkle-cut.” This guy was the next one I […]

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