Face To Face With A Damselfly

As a Wildlife Photographer, I was lucky to encounter a beautiful Damselfly during one of my photography sessions. This particular Damselfly was so cooperative that it allowed me to get down in the sand with it to capture its stunning image.

Face To Face With Damselfly
Face To Face With Damselfly

To capture the intricate details of the Damselfly, I decided to use a macro lens instead of my long zoom lens. This allowed me to get up close and personal with the Damselfly and showcase the details of its eyes.

I was even more fascinated by the behavior of the Damselfly, especially considering the time of year when I took the photo. The end of October is usually when the temperature starts to drop, and insects like the Damselfly become sluggish due to their cold-blooded nature. This slow-down allowed me to get even closer to the Damselfly and capture its beauty with precision.

Did you know that the Damselfly is a member of the insect order Odonata, which includes both Damselflies and Dragonflies? These insects are known for their bright colors and intricate wing patterns, making them a favorite of nature photographers like myself. Additionally, Damselflies are usually smaller than Dragonflies and have slimmer bodies and more delicate wings.

Overall, my encounter with this Damselfly was a memorable one, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to capture its beauty through my lens.

Unique Facts About Damselflies:

  • Damselflies are the smallest members of the order Odonata.
  • Damselflies are found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Damselflies are predatory insects, and they eat a variety of insects, including flies, mosquitoes, and gnats.
  • Damselflies are hemimetabolous insects, which means that they do not have a larval stage.
  • The female damselfly lays eggs in water, and the larvae, called nymphs, live in the water for several months before transforming into adults.
  • Damselflies are an important part of the ecosystem, and they help to control populations of insects.
  • Damselflies are beautiful insects, and they are a joy to watch.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 40D
  • Lens: Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 Macro


  • Location: Fort Chaffee (Arkansas)
  • Date Taken: October 26, 2008
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/125 sec.
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 100 mm

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