Male gymnast

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

This post features photos of a Great Spreadwing damselfly (Archilestes grandis) spotted on 17 October 2014 near a vernal pool in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration, hamules, and terminal appendages.

Looking at the next three photos you may be wondering, “What’s up with this guy’s gymnastic poses?” I think the Great Spreadwing is simply stretching rather than preparing for mating.

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

I discovered my first Great Spreadwing damselfly on 09 October 2014, an aggressive individual that came to be known as “Crinkle-cut.” This guy was the next one I spotted.

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

With handsome azurite-colored eyes complemented by green and yellow racing stripes on their thorax, male Great Spreadwings have become one of my favorite damselflies!

Great Spreadwing damselfly (male)

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2 Responses to “Male gymnast”

  1. Marie Keates Says:

    Great set of photos and those eyes are amazing

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