Damsel in Gore

Another damselfly flew in to have his/her photo taken when we popped into Gore Gardens on our way home in the afternoon. Nigel had his cellphone handy and took these photos. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken 24 Feb 2020.

Our first damselfly encounter had been in Invercargill earlier in the day.

Mike Powell, any chance there’s enough detail for you to tell me the gender?

The damselfly flew in and clung on to this camellia leaf.

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Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. It looks like a male to me, though the species is, of course, not one that I am used to seeing. The key is usually looking at the terminal appendages, i.e. the tip of the “tail” section. The closest damselfly that I could think of that I have photographed with a similar terminal appendage was a male Great Spreadwing damselfly (https://michaelqpowell.com/2015/10/12/great-spreadwing-damselfly-male/). For comparison sake, check out my photo of a female Great Spreadwing damselfly (https://michaelqpowell.com/2015/10/11/great-spreadwing-damselfly-female/). I think that you will agree that it looks more like a male.

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        1. Interesting Mike! I looked at their free extract which said we only have one blue odonate in NZ so I guess this has to be “Blue Damselfly” or Austrolestes colensonis which luckily for me was featured in the extract 🙂


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