Eastern Forktail

A damselfly that perched right in front of me and that stayed around long enough for me to get close:

A nice opportunity to find one who’d stay still for a couple of minutes. Damselflies are usually skittish, on the move, snatching bugs out of the air and then resting while they chomp on their prey.

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18 thoughts on “Eastern Forktail

  1. Kudos Tom on portraying this so uniquely. There is such a difference in aesthetic appeal when an insect shot is done with a documentary style vs. an artistic one such as this.

    • Thanks so much for writing that – going beyond the documentary is my aim. From a distance, damselflies are pretty and delicate. Up close they are feral and catlike, and take a thousand weird and wonderful positions. That’s the side of the creature I want to show…

    • Thanks, Tracy. I really like fairly shallow DOF for images like this. I was pretty lucky in getting the tripod in the right position without spooking this bug…

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