Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder


What a strange subject for this weeks photo challenge. I have always wondered how these insects manage to cling to leaves even when there is a strong wind blowing….

Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but the adults can be distinguished by the fact that the wings of most damselflies are held along, and parallel to, the body when at rest. Furthermore, the hind wing of the damselfly is essentially similar to the fore wing, while the hind wing of the dragonfly broadens near the base. Damselflies are also usually smaller than dragonflies and weaker fliers in comparison, and their eyes are separated.

I was lucky to catch this one resting on the leaf. It was early morning, the sun had been up some time but this one was warming itself before starting the days activities.

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36 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

    • Mike Hardisty November 17, 2011 / 16:21

      As usual I’m way behind on commenting on the comments. Life seems so hectic at the moment. Anyway, thank you for your comment.

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  1. Cheryl November 12, 2011 / 03:39

    Thanks, Mike! I never knew the difference between damselflies and dragonflies. Fascinating.

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  2. Pseu November 12, 2011 / 09:48

    not only a lovely image, but so informative too. I had often wondered about the difference between damsels and dragons.

    Most of my insect shots end up as a blur!

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  3. Jo Bryant November 12, 2011 / 19:53

    love this image Mike – i wrote a story a while ago about dragonflies and doing the research found out so many fascinating things – did you know the world’s largest dragonfly is actually a damselfly – its wingspan is about 19cm and its body length is approx 12 cm…
    One Australion dragonfly was clocked moving at 58kph or 36 mph

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  4. Gobetween November 13, 2011 / 15:36

    Wonderful shot. Thanks for visiting my blog :D
    Now I know the difference between a damselfly and a dragonfly.

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  5. Maggie L R November 13, 2011 / 22:40

    Photographic perfection. I have tried to catch these insects, but can never find them still enough. Well done.

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  6. hugmamma November 14, 2011 / 01:47

    insects can teach us humans…a thing or two…about life…and hanging in there… :)

    great photo, as always… :)

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  7. Northern Narratives November 14, 2011 / 02:51

    Wonderful photo. I enjoyed watching the dragons and damsels this summer :)

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  8. jbheronneau November 14, 2011 / 21:11

    Super great!
    I love it… Nature is very surprising, isn’t it?

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  9. eldy November 17, 2011 / 19:34

    Absolutely beautiful! Thankyou for visiting my photoblog.

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  10. bluebee December 3, 2011 / 06:32

    Wow! That is a fabulous shot – the colours and modulation are perfect

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