I sat on the grassy edge of the pond to watch the dragonflies buzzing around and I watched the territorial displays of several male dragonflies as they chase away other rival males that had crossed the invisible boundaries that I could not see.
It was mostly just the common species of dragonflies that I see everywhere all the time. Still... it calms my mind and soothes my spirit to just sit there and watch all their antics. The spirit of the dragonfly gives me a sense of harmony and strength.
So... it was a while before I noticed a shadow and spotted a damselfly perched vertically on a plant stem under the shade of a large leaf.
A spreadwing damselfly!
Once I got close enough for a good look, I realised I had chanced upon another species to add to the checklist! What a nice surprise!
This damselfy is the Lestes praemorsus of the family Lestidae. The male has hindwing length of 21mm. Both the eyes and thorax is of a powder blue colour with some dark markings on its body and the bent tip of its abdomen gives it a hockey-stick appearance. No, it is not a deformity as I had initially thought.
It perched there undeterred as I inched closer.
Soon after that, it started flexing its abdomen like a gymnast performing on the high bar.
It's graceful movements were quite mesmerizing!
I've got a big grin on my face!