Saturday 28 June 2014

Eastern Red Damsels are a Treat... 

One of my unexpected, and therefore most thrilling, finds from last year was finding a colony of diminutive Eastern Red Damsels, Amphiagrion saucium, north of Debert last August. Averaging about 25mm (1") in total length, these tiny red damselflies are voracious predators of even smaller insects. Unfortunately I had discovered them at the very end of their flight period and getting good photos was a challenge. I vowed that I would return to the site this year so this is a male that was photographed on June 17. I will have to return again soon to photograph a female!

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