A Southern Fortnight, Part 3 – Southern Spreadwing damselfly (male)

The Backstory: A Southern Fortnight

For the first two weeks during May 2015, Southern Spreadwing damselflies (Lestes australis) were observed at a vernal pool and nearby drainage ditch in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park. I spotted approximately six males and several females during the fortnight. Their sudden disappearance seemed to coincide with a population explosion of Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies (Erythemis simplicicollis) in mid-May. Eastern Pondhawks, especially females, are voracious predators with a penchant for preying upon damselflies.

Southern Spreadwing damselfly (Lestes australis) was spotted perching on vegetation in a vernal pool at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a male, as indicated by its coloration and terminal appendages.

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One Response to “A Southern Fortnight, Part 3 – Southern Spreadwing damselfly (male)”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    I love the composition and colors of this image, with the stalks of varying shades of green that fade into the darkness. The damselfly’s eyes stand out like turquoise gemstones. Wonderful portrait of this male damselfly (and it sure sounds funny to use the word combination “male damselfly”).

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