Posted on September 1, 2015
I saw this damselfly flying awkwardly out of the lily pads and landed on a Black-eyed Susan in front of me. It was a newly emerged Eastern Forktail Damselfly. They are almost transparent in color on the wings and body and are very unsteady in flight. They will usually stay in one place for a while until their wings stiffen up. Here I concentrated on closeups of the head. I also tried image stacking and side views to show the almost transparent color of the Teneral stage and will post them later.
Posted on August 6, 2015
This Teneral Damselfly recently emerged from the nymph stage. It is an unsteady flier at this stage. But in this photo you can see the coloring is starting to come in and the wings are not as “glasslike” as when they first emerge. It’s almost transparent and not able to fly far. The body and wings are limp but they will firm up in a very short amount of time enabling it to fly off.
Posted on July 4, 2015
I found this Teneral Eastern Forktail Damselfly that had climbed up this plant after it had emerged from its nymph stage out of the pond. It is almost transparent in this stage, lacking a lot of its final coloring. Looking very bland it just hangs here as it’s wings are still limp. In a short time they will firm up and be able to fly off.
Posted on July 27, 2014
While I was photographing Dragonflies at the pond, I noticed this Damselfly emerging from the water. Over time it climbed all the way to the top of this pond plant and stayed there for hours. In the beginning it was very pale and void of color, the wings were like glass or crystal. After a few hours it started getting some more color with a little more red coming through. It seemed like it was not able to fly yet, but after 4-5 hours it took off with rather unsteady flight.