outdoorsJuly 10, 2024
Discover the delicate world of damselflies with nearly 3,000 species worldwide. Learn how to spot and photograph these elusive insects without startling them. Insights by Aaron Horrell, Painted Wren Art Gallery.
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This is a damselfly. There are nearly 3,000 documented species of damselflies across the world and on every continent except Antarctica.
Damselflies are smaller than dragonflies and if you see one sitting on a blade of grass like the one I photographed here, it will be at rest with its wings folded above its back.
These little insects are easily spooked. If you try to photograph one, it is smart to move slowly as you try to get close. They like to sit in sunlit places and if your shadow passes over it, it will probably fly away. Damselflies feed upon tiny flying insects such as gnats which they catch in mid air.
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AARON HORRELL is owner of Painted Wren Art Gallery in Cape Girardeau. He is a Bollinger County native.

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