Saturday, June 8, 2013
Blue-fronted Damselfly in Yambaru Forest Okinawa (Image)
It took a few hours to narrow down the search for a scientific name on this couple.
So, along with the photo, I'll show how I gotterdun.
The first thing to do is determine what the critter is, a dragonfly or, damselfly.
An excellent resource that gives a chart, showing the differences between the two is found at:
That is where I learned these little lovers were damselflies.
Then, the search for Blue, Damselfly, Japan, Photos took me everywhere, looking at images.
Blue-fronted Dancer Damselfly (Argia apicalis) gave me all kinds of information.
Most important, to me, was getting a Latin name so, I could continue researching.
Using Agria apicalis, I discovered the bug on top is the male. He's blue.
This information came from Trek Nature
One more site, I verified the Blue-fronted Damselfly at was BugGuide
Now that we have a positive identification, I'll try and get back up that way.
Using some faster glass (expensive lenses) I can get more detailed, sharper photos.
Maybe, someone with a video camera would like to go along.
Don't you think there's a demand for bug porn videos ?