Saturday, June 8, 2013

Blue-fronted Damselfly in Yambaru Forest Okinawa (Image)

Just a Couple of Lovebugs


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 ? 


Sherry said...

Love dragonflies as they symbolize timelessness. Did you know that? I wish I can capture one in real life someday.

RyukyuMike said...

Wow, I didn't realize that they symbolized timelessness ! Come on over, bring a net and I'll show you where you can capture one or, two !