On September 7th, 2022, I was enjoying one of my frequent walks down a road that borders Dockery Field at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This road has yielded some incredible wildlife sightings and photo opportunities over the years. As I strolled along, scanning the grasses and weeds lining the road, a delicate damselfly perched atop a tall weed caught my eye.

Mystery Damselfly

Mystery Damselfly

I slowly approached, not wanting to startle the insect. Once close enough, I was able to get a clear photo of this mystery damselfly. Its slender body and distinctive white legs makes me think it could be a White-legged Damselfly, though I can’t be certain of the exact species.

Over the years, I’ve photographed many unique insects and fascinating creatures at Sequoyah. From iridescent dragonflies to camouflaged moths, each outing yields new and exciting wildlife sightings. The biodiversity protected within the refuge never ceases to amaze me.

Though I wasn’t able to definitively identify the damselfly species from this sighting, I feel extremely privileged to have spotted this delicate insect in its natural marshland habitat. The wildlife diversity at national refuges like Sequoyah is incredibly valuable. I look forward to returning soon to see what other mysteries this refuge reveals.

Equipment Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical Details:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: September 7, 2022 (07:32 A. M.)
  • Program Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f10
  • Shutter speed: 1/800
  • ISO: 2500 (Auto)
  • Exp. Comp.: 0
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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