Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Iridescent Odonata

A picture may be worth a thousand words but mere photos or phrases simply can't do these striking insects justice. At almost two inches in length the beautiful Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) is one of our largest local damselflies.

As a rule a mayflies aren't found sitting in such close proximity ...

You've got to love the translucent green eyes, green thorax and bronze abdomen on this male Racket-tailed Emerald (Dorocordulia libera).