Saturday, March 21, 2009

Unexpected guest

Guess who wandered into my aparment the other day? This tiny wisp of life that carries a name bigger than itself, a damselfly!

When I was small I used to think that damselflies were baby dragonflies. Ha! This one had enough gumption to stare me in the face and sneer,"just who d' you think you're calling 'tiny'?"


This damselfly, the very appropriately-named Wandering Wisp*, was lingering near my phalaenopsis orchids. Maybe it was hoping something tasty would come crawling by. It would've had to be a very tiny something, though!

After sometime it lost interest and flew off to inspect my curtains. Maybe it thought it had better chances among the embroidered flowers.
Click on the next photo to see its expression.

"Eh, what kind of new-fangled flower is this?"

* thanks Amila for the ID

33 comments:

  1. What large eyes, you have, damsel!

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  2. Sunita they come into my house as well. Last evening a hummingbird came into my kitchen and it was very difficult to get it out. Hubby and I were exhausted when we were finished. I wasn't keen on having stir fry hummingbird for dinner. I too used to think damsel flies were small dragon flies until my hubby told me differently. They also feed on mosquitoes.

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  3. Wow! what big eyes you have!

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  4. How nice to have unexpected company! Glad the damsel didn't mind posing for pics...not that she had much choice :)
    Great photos, Sunita.
    I'm imagining open windows and fresh air now that spring has officially arrived, but we'll have to wait a while. There's thick frost on the ground this morning.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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  5. So many of us ,Flowergirl, Tatyana, Cathy and myself, seem to be in awe of the damselfly's wide-eyed look :)

    Helen, all I can say is "Wow!" I cant imagine having a hummingbird moving around inside my home. Lucky you!
    Yes, the damselflies eat mosquitos and flies too. They're very handy guests to have around :)

    Thanks, Kerri. Is that the wonder of Spring that I detect in your tone? You're literally singing with joy!

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  6. If I am to give my .02, it looks like an Agriocnemis sp. possibly the very common pygmaea, which goes by the common name Wandering Wisp.

    How appropriate is that name if this it?

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  7. Thanks, Amila. If you're sure, I'll make a note of it in the post. I got this ID by seeing simiar-looking photos on various websites.
    I love the name !

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  8. It seems this little damsel is quite intrigued with your embroidered curtains. When it gets home it will tell a big story, probably about GM food! You are such a good observer.

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  9. Cute little fellow!

    Lovely photos/ Tyra

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  10. LOL! Trudi, that's really funny! And all the other damselflies will probably shake their heads in disgust and say " what's this world coming to these days!"

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  11. Hi Tyra, great seeing you here. Yeah the damsel is so cute and fragile ... I was terrified I would touch it with my camera lens and break the damsel in two.

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  12. Great photos, although it seems to be upset about something to do with those curtains. When I was a tot we had similar ones around our bass pond that had bright blue or red-orange bodies. Pretty little things!

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  13. That dame really does have an expression. It's as if I saw an animated movie. Great post!

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  14. The "fly'Looks extremely pretty and delicate. Lovely pictures and prose as usual.

    I have returned to my Mumbai and yes I have started looking for beuaty in it. When I find it I will share :-)

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  15. Wandering Wisp...very appropriate! How charming to see this Damsel on your flowered curtain! I know of a young woman who once had a dragonfly in her home, at first I envied her...then I thought to myself how all of my cats would have their way with the dragonfly. Mine are best left outdoors. Great captures, Sunita...and a wonderful experience for you!

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  16. LOL! Shady, wouldnt you be upset too? Imagine seeing a delicious steak and just as you're about to cut into it, you find it's made of cardboard !
    Those damselflies near your pond must've been really eye-catching. Reason enough to build a pond, I think :)

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  17. Isn't it funny, Chandramouli ? I crack up every time I look at it :D

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  18. Hi Soul Searcher, welcome back to "aamchi Mumbai". But you've chosen the hottest time of the year to come here, havent you? At this time most people find beauty in an ice-cream cone or a chilled glass of beer. 'Nariyal-paani' for me !

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  19. Kim, I thought so too about the name :)
    A dragonfly in the house? How intriguing! But I agree with you, they're much better off outdoors. In any cae, I would always be on tenterhooks wondering whether I'm squashing it accidentally!

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  20. WHat lovely macro shots! I'm always too scared of insects and reptiles to admire their beauty - but it is easier done in photos!

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  21. Well you dont need to be scared of the damselfly, Nandita. Its so tiny and delicate that it couldnt do anything to you even if it tried :)
    And here's the bonus ... it eats mosquitos and flies and other horrible insects. Dont you just love it now?

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  22. I love it, the name, the daintiness, the eyes, everything - and your commentary too!

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  23. You have brought the damselfly to life with your narrative and photos! The last picture made me laugh out aloud.
    I cam here via Mysore Blog Park - you have a very nice blog.

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  24. Raji, I love those eyes too. They look almost too big for it to carry around, dont they?

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  25. Hi Kamini! Great meeting you here. (thanks, MBP)
    That last photo makes me laugh everytime I see it too. Whoever said insects are expressionless!

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  26. Beautiful series of this small dragonfly. The bokeh in the first image is cool thanks to your composing this perfectly

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  27. Thanks Thomas. I really wish I knew what I did right, though! :D

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  28. Oh well, had I been in place of that hapless damsel I too would have been hanging around the phalaenopsis orchids, for I just love them.

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  29. GT, that's funny! But I think the damselfly was there hoping for some quick snack to come crawling by :)
    Phalaenopsis orchids are so beautiful, arent they? I've got about 7 of them in bud, ready to bloom any day now. Happy days!

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