Sunday, 23 September 2012

Macro Monday - Blue Ringtail

This is a shot from last summer; but photo opportunities have been a bit thing on the ground this week - so it was off the the archives!

If I have got the identification of this cracking little insect correct it's a Blue Ringtail (Austrolestes annulosus).   It's a damselfly rather than a dragon fly - thats all to do with the exact form of the wings, and in many cases the way the wings are held.  As far as I know that vast majority of damselflies hold there wings along their body (like in the picture) rather than away from the body.

I end up taking lots of pictures of these insects, the great majority of which are deleted!

I'm hoping to have a better hit rate this summer!


You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday.

You can find the latest post to my other blog (its the final one from my trip to the Daintree Rainforest) by clicking the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of the screen.

Enjoy the close ups!

12 comments:

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Aha, I'll check out my recent photos of damsel and dragonflies armed with that info and I'll be able to tell which is which!

Carole M. said...

a beautiful dragonfly Stewart

TexWisGirl said...

as spring arrives, there, i'm hoping you can get out with your camera again. :)

eileeninmd said...

Great macro! Your Blue Ringtail is pretty!

SandyCarlson said...

That is utterly beautiful.

Thank you, and thanks for your comment on my poem.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a beautiful little dragonfly. The way I tell them apart from the dragonfly is their slender, petite body and slim wings. Sometimes they're very hard to spot. You did great!

Valerie said...

What a great capture Stewart. Thanks for sharing.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful! They're very quick to take flight and it's hard to get decent shots of them.

me dLux said...

beautiful!!

thanks for your visit on my blog..

the rusty nails... well, something else than flowers or animals on a macro for a change ;)

Nicola Carpenter said...

How lovely! They always fly off when I try to take a picture.

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Jessica said...

So pretty! What a great capture. If you have time to stop by my site and say hello I'd really appreciate it :) Thanks for sharing!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's amazing to me that you can take such good photos of these flittery things -- lovely lacy wings.