Every time I look out at the goldenrod in the backyard, I see new species of damselflies there. This one was really striking with his bold orange and black thorax and orange eyes. I should have mentioned (yesterday) that I have finally begun using the new macro lens I got last Christmas, and what a difference it makes when you’re trying to photograph something that is only 1-1.5 inches long. (Click on any of the photos below for larger and sharper views.)
There are scarlet, cherry, and burgundy Bluet damselflies as well — how confusing. I wonder why they didn’t call this one the Halloween Bluet instead.
The females of this species are variable in color: they might be yellow, green, or blue and black which makes it difficult to ID them. However, they are usually not seen unless they are being carried around by a male in tandem flight. Unlike most dragonflies that lay eggs underwater while dangling from a stem above it, the Orange Bluet female deposits her eggs on twigs while immersed in the water, with the male accompanying her in their underwater mating dance.
What a gem! I wonder what I’ll find out in the goldenrod patch tomorrow.