The Damselfly with the brilliant red eyes!

Was walking by the Uaso Narok river a few days ago in the evening. As the sun sank below the horizon, there were flocks of Dusk Hawker dragonflies and tiny damselflies feeding on mosquitoes over the water.

I was lucky to find one damselfly perching on some reeds and snuck in for a closer look. They really are the most exquisite creatures…

A damselfly silhouetted against the gathering dusk
A damselfly silhouetted against the gathering dusk

This one was very obliging and allowed me to get closer. You can do this with most insects if you are calm and patient. It turned out to be the aptly-named ‘Maasai Damselfly’, as you can see from the brilliant colours…

Maasai Damselfly with amazing eyes!
Maasai Damselfly with amazing eyes!

More from the world of bugs soon!

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