If you happen to like your bugs lengthy, slender and delicate, and resembling a flying neon needle, the damselfly is for you.
Who can resist watching them and photographing them?
The widespread blue damselfly or Northern Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) is as skinny as a needle, a jeweled blue needle.
We have seen them hover in our yard, like mini-helicopters–oops, make that “skinny mini” helicopters–and then contact down on a leaf to feast on small bugs.
Damselflies share the identical order, Odonata, as their bigger cousins, the dragonflies. As any entomologist will let you know, damselflies belong to the suborder Zygoptera, and dragonflies, Anisoptera. They’re an historical group, with fossil data exhibiting they existed not less than 250 million years in the past.
Odonata means “toothed” and Zygoptera means “paired wings.”
Damselflies aren’t any “damsels in misery.” They’re daytime hunters that “devour giant portions of different bugs akin to flies, mosquitoes and moths and a few eat beetles and caterpillars,” in keeping with a Texas A&M College (TAMU) web site.
Another info on the TAMU web site:
- In prehistoric occasions, dragonflies and damselflies have been as large as hawks and have been “the biggest bugs to ever stay.”
- Worldwide, there are greater than 4700 species of Odonata, with Zygoptera accounting for a 3rd fo them
- Males of most damselfly species are brighter-colored than females
- Damselflies neither chew nor sting.
The UC Statewide Built-in Pest Administration (UC IPM) describes damselflies this manner: “The top is slender with bulging eyes, lengthy antennae, and tubular-sucking mouthparts. The legs are lengthy and the entrance pair are barely swollen with inconspicuous spines. Adults and nymphs can transfer quickly when disturbed or stalking prey.”
A images tip: for those who spot a damselfly, strategy it along with your digicam already raised. A sudden motion might spook them.