SINOBUG

Clear-winged Forest Glory (Vestalis gracilis)

This large damselfly species has emerged as one of my favourite insects to observe and photograph. They are not associated with waterways but are found on hillsides in thick vegetation usually bordering a sunny clearing or path. They regularly occur in pairs or groups of pairs. As they tend to work quite specific territories, I have been able to revisit previous encounters several times and they have always been there in the same trees and using the same perches. They congregate together in a dark corner until the sun is at its warmest and then assume well-lit perches facing the open ground and from there they regularly dash out to capture small flying insects on the wing and returning to their perch to devour their meal. Initially they are very shy and flighty, but once I move amongst them for ten minutes or so they become amazingly tolerant to the point that I can reach out and touch them. Apart from their iridescence and hypnotising eyes, the most memorable feature in my mind is the crackling cellophane sound of their almost clumsy flight.

They are the closest things to fairies I can imagine…..

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese dragonflies and damselflies on my Flickr site HERE…..

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