Spreadwing Damselflies
in State College
June 26, 2011

Apparently, damselfies are divided into two groups: pond damselflies and spreadwing damselflies. For the past ten years I've only encountered the pond variety, but last week I saw (and photographed) two spreadwing damselflies.

At rest, pond damselflies keep their wings parallel with their body; spreadwing damselflies have their wings pointed away from their body.

The first spreadwing was relatively easy to identify: the slender spreadwing damselfly (Lestes rectangularis), and it was one of the longer damselflies that I've seen.

Slender spreadwing damselfly

And, yes, "slender" is an official part of its name.

I haven't managed to identify the next spreadwing, except to note it was quite small, even for a damselfly.

Dark spreadwing damselfly
I liked the dewdrops being part of the photo. (And my temptation was to include a larger-size image to show off the drops, but it would have been twice the download to view.)

Photo note: Both photos were taken with a Pentax K20D, with the Voigtlander 125mm macro lens, on June 19, 2011.

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