|Damsel In Yellow
||[May. 30th, 2008|02:46 pm]
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astonishing! insect ballet!
Oooh, how lovely. Asyouknowbob, that's a female spreadwing. To me, it looks like a Plateau Spreadwing (_Lestes alacer_) but this beautiful shot deserves to be IDed by someone with more experience. You could send it to Dr. Abbott at UT or let the TexOdes listserv have a run at it. I can help with the addy of either, if you'd like. Did you take it on your land, or at Kerrville?
I didn't know it was a female spreadwing. How can you tell?
I'm too busy to follow up on ID'ing it. G's elementary school graduation is this week. But if you want to pass it along to the TexOdes list I'd be ever so grateful. :-)
I took it on my land.
It's a spreadwing damselfly because it has a damselfly body but its wings are sort of dangling--spread some, but not out and flat like a dragonfly (which has a more robust body and head, anyway.)
It's a female because it doesn't have the secondary sexual "bump" on the bottom back of its thorax that males have...though I could miss that (have before...) Also, it's colored like a female, though teneral (just become adult) males do not acquire their full coloration for awhile, sometimes days. But I will ask people on the list to take a look at it.
Very very nice. :-) Do you remember the time that you and I were walking in in Orlando (I think) and on the sidewalk was an apparently amazing ant hill. You stopped to look, but I was unimpressed, and at the time, I was into photography (right after HS). You yelled at me, something to the effect of "how can you call yourself a photographer and not find this fascinating and not want to look at this!" Who would of thunk it, all these years later, you'd be taking bug shots?
I was being stupid. You take such good architecture and people shots. I can't believe I was so rude to you. I'm sorry.
City kid + camera = buildings + people
Suburban kid + camera = critters + plants
City kid + Suburban kid = Lifelong friends
No, you weren't be rude or stupid (and that wasn't my point either). :-) Lifelong friends indeed. And I love your bug shots and think bugs are cool now.
Friends = exchange of information = change for the good
Especially you. :-)