07.06.2022 Swamp Spreadwing Damselfly

Each time I find a new odonata lately it seems to be one of a large number from a new mass eclosing.  There were dozens of these all along the roadside at Moosehorn Pond last Friday morning.

Swamp Spreadwing-Lestes vigilax male.  Quite a few were flying from seed head to seed head before this one settled down for a few moments allowing a couple of shots.

I came across this male at the other end of the pond but he was not alone.

After making a couple of images of just the damselfly I tried to get around to the side for a good look at the spider but was not able to get out into the water for a clear shot. Eventually the damselfly flew off and the spider had to look elsewhere for breakfast.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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23 Responses to 07.06.2022 Swamp Spreadwing Damselfly

  1. A closeout is one thing for an item in a store. A closeout (which is what eclose, i.e. ex-close, means) is something else for an insect. Sometimes we take advantage of both.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    The thorax on this one is exceptionally pretty.

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  3. Mike Powell says:

    Great shots, Steve. I don’t think that I have seen any spreadwing damselflies in several years. The shot with the spider and the damselfly is especially cool. It’s had to tell, but the spider looks a bit like one of the long-jawed orbweavers.

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    • We have several here, Mike, but I haven’t seen one in a while either…until now. 🙂 I thought that it might be a long-jawed but can’t really see enough as an amateur to identify it. There may be some key feature a spider specialist would recognize. Thanks!


  4. Peter Klopp says:

    Fantastic photos, Steve!

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Awesome photos, Steve!

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  6. Great series of images Steve!

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    As much as I love those first two images it’s that last one that really does it for me. The tension of seeing the spider behind the leaf, possibly on its way towards the damselfly. A prefect example of how nature photos can tell stories.

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    • In a way I suppose not seeing the entire spider but knowing that it is lurking waiting for an opportunity might make this more interesting than if I had been able to capture both. At least that’s my story. 🙂


  8. bluebrightly says:

    There’s something very subtle about the way light bounces off and is absorbed by the body of this damselfly, a little like pewter. It astounds me that you keep creating these beautiful images of insects, Steve. Wonderful.

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