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centuryplant ([personal profile] centuryplant) wrote2013-07-10 02:25 pm

Rainbow Bluets, part one

Rainbow Bluet (20130702-0191-60d1)

The Rainbow Bluet is one of my favorite Odonates -- a damselfly colored like a tropical bird. The most reliable place I know to find them is Lake Louise State Park, near the Iowa border, where they coexist with Orange Bluets and purple Variable Dancers. The fact that all this color occurs in Minnesota seems like some kind of mistake.

Rainbow Bluet (20130702-0185-60d1)

Male Rainbow Bluets have a blue taillight and a more or less greenish thorax -- sometimes blue with just a drop of green in it, sometimes a beautiful seafoam color. From a distance they can be hard to distinguish from Eastern Forktails.

Rainbow Bluet (20130702-0215-60d1)

Close up, they're easily recognized by their pale yellow legs, yellow-orange faces, and color-wheel eyes.

Rainbow Bluet (20130702-0362-60d1)

From above they have a scratch art look, with thin stripes of bright color showing through a black background.

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[personal profile] graydon 2013-07-11 02:00 am (UTC)(link)
Those are gorgeous, and I'm envious of how you got the plane of focus lined up in that last one, so the clung-to bit of leaf is in the plane with the whole length of the damselfly.
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[personal profile] holyoutlaw 2013-07-11 04:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Agree that these are very well done and beautiful photos.