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Big eyes
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Copyright: Vahe Na (vnanyan) (76)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-25 6:37
Viewed: 3344
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Is this a dragonfly?

No, it is not. It is a Short-stalked Damselfly.

Damselflies (suborder Zygoptera) are often confused with dragonflies, but these are distinct; most damselflies hold their wings at rest together above the torso or held slightly open above (such as in the family Lestidae), whereas most dragonflies at rest hold their wings horizontally or occasionally slightly down and forward. Also, the back wing of the dragonfly broadens near the base, caudal to the connecting point at the body, while the back wing of the damselfly is similar to the front wing. The eyes on a damselfly are apart; in most dragonflies the eyes touch. Notable exceptions are the Petaluridae (Petaltails) and the Gomphidae (Clubtails).

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To ramthakur: Damselflyvnanyan 2 06-28 07:21
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A good picture like this ought not go un-noticed, Vahe.
It is a very good capture of this very special kind of damselfly with excellent focus on the eyes and wings.
The focus on the abdomen, though, is not all that sharp.
However, that is a minor nit.
I normally choose larger focus area and not 'spot' while shooting a damselfly.
You could find the exact ID of this species by looking up bugguide.net -- a website dealing with the North America and Canada fauna. Give it a try.
Best regards.

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