Damsefly wheel

When mating damselflies join up, they make a loop that’s called a “wheel”:

I don’t know why it’s called a wheel – the shape is sometimes more open than this but it’s always irregular and oblong. The challenge for the photographer is getting soft light (this was taken on a cloudy day) and a pleasing background (I used a long focal length).

The damselflies are Stream Bluets, but these were in sedges at the edge of a pond on Cape Cod.

6 thoughts on “Damsefly wheel

  1. Wow, beautiful, crisp shot. I see these all the time on Lake Travis near Austin, and they’ve been making lots of wheels lately. Now I know what they’re called.

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