Stream Glory, Oriental Greenwing, Chinese Greenwing, Green-winged Demoiselle or Green Metalwing (Neurobasis chinensis chinensis, Calopterygidae), female
My new “favourite” pastime is wading in murky streams in pursuit of water-level photo opportunities of this magnificent damselfly. Thus far, I have only been fortunate to corner females (this five-legged individual was most cooperative), whilst the exponentially more magnificent males continue to hold out for model release documentation and contractual reimbursement.
This endeavour is made all the more challenging at the moment by Yunnan’s typical Spring afternoon weather. Hot, blinding sunshine (both very conducive to damselfly hunting) but blustery winds (the latter is a macrophotographer’s worst enemy) which often leaves the damselflies at absurd angles as the wind deflects their ample wings.
These images are of the female, but the male is a sight to behold and I have yet to get a shot. He is dark and metallic but surely rating as one of the most resplendent of damselflies with eye-popping turquoise hind wings visible only in flight and when wooing or defending a potential partner.