One day you wash up on the beach, wet and naked. Another day you wash back out. In between, the scenery changes constantly.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Damsels, In Distress and Otherwise
We decide to make a quick trip to Canonsburg PA to see the kids, going up Wednesday night, and coming home today, Friday. While we were in Canonsburg, we stopped at the local park, beside a little stream. I tried hunting for butterflies, but found these instead, flitting over the stream, and perching on the nearby vegetation.
At first, when I saw them flying, I mistook them for some kind of butterfly, but I soon found out they were something else; damselflies. As near as I can tell they are Ebony Jewelwings, a very appropriate name. Their wings a very dark, almost, but not quite opaque, and their bodies, and the leading edge of their wings is an exquisite electric blue-green.
Notice how you can barely see through lower wing on the right side.
I soon noticed that there were really two forms, one a much duller color, with white spots at the ends of much more transparent (but still dark) wing tips.
As near as I can tell the second type is the female, and this picture would tend to confirm that; the darker one ferilizing the lighter one.
And this lighter one caught in the act of laying her eggs in the water.
A brief video the shows them flitting over the stream.
Another couple of damsels, enjoying the shaded and the breeze. It was a rough trip for Skye, lots of time stuck in the back of the van; we couldn't even get a room at a local motel that allowed dogs, so she had to spend two nights in the van.
She took it like the good trooper she really is, though.