Thursday, July 2, 2009

Insect Porn

I promise this is the last of the bug shots for a while. I thought the title would get your curiosity going.

These two Rambur's Forktail Damselflies were so busy "getting it on" they didn't seem to mind my lens close up to them. This is the first time I've ever seen Damselflies mating, and I was lucky to have enough time to run into the house, grab my camera and come back to make the photo. Actually, I took several of them and this was the best of the bunch. Once they flew off to another blade of grass, still in this position while flying, I left them alone.

Forktails, genus Ischnura, are a small group of damselflies in the narrow-winged damselfly family, Coenagrionidae.

Immature female forktails have a characteristically orange throax. Species identification can be done by examining the striped pattern on the thorax and the length of the orange coloration down the abdomen.

Rambur's Forktails are a common Southern species and can be found from coast to coast in wetlands and on pond edges. These were found on the bank in my backyard.

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