100 Posts! Damsels, Dragons and a Phasmid

This is a celebratory posting – my 100th for this Blog which I began in December 2010 as a way of sharing my developing photography.  Isn’t that great!

Some gorgeous winged creatures to mark the occasion….

There was a short time yesterday morning when it was still, with no rain or wind.  Everything was still wet but the insects were out enjoying the warmth and filtered sun.  These shots were taken down by the Lake, where I had a couple of lucky sightings, one of which I shall write about tomorrow.  I never cease to be amazed by the beauty of the Damselflies in various colours, and the larger Dragonflies with transparent veined wings and striped bodies.

This one was low down on a reed, waiting until its wings were fully expanded before taking off on its first flight.  Taken from above, it reminds me of a World War II bi-plane about to taxi along a runway for take-off!

This is a Phasmid – a Stick Insect which lives on leaves, mainly Eucalyptus but will also nibble others if needs be.  I don’t often see them as they are difficult to spot due to their camouflage – they really do look like sticks, and if disturbed will shake like a twig in the wind….This one was very obvious clinging to a green water reed, and was about 12 cms long with gorgeous purple wings folded on its back.

Tomorrow I shall tell you a tale about two bees….

I’m also posting these for this week’s Creative Exchange.



  1. Congratulations on 100 posts Sue!!
    These are wonderful macros. I especially love the Walking Stick. Those little things never cease to amaze me.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful evening!


  2. I’m so amazed at your photos here – would really love to comment on all of them but in the meantime, the tail of the dragonfly in the first shot looks like silver mercury – incredible. Your second shot is my favourites amongst all these favourites – can’t believe those wings and how you’ve captured them. Awesome 4th shot. Congratulations on your 100th post!

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