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Unidentified at suppressed - 16 Oct 2022
Unidentified at suppressed - 16 Oct 2022
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Unidentified 11 Jan 2023 arjay

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Does this help? Same photo but closer


   11 Jan 2023
Can you provide a larger image. This one is too small to be able to zoom in on the features that would help distinguish between options. Also if you have any from different angles.
arjay wrote:
   11 Jan 2023
I will check. Do I need to load it as a new sighting or is there some way to include in this one?
   11 Jan 2023
You should be able to add additional photos through the Edit function. You've posted some interesting dragonflies and damselflies in this batch - it would be great to get more definitive IDs on them.
arjay wrote:
   11 Jan 2023
I thought they were all dragonflies since I had been told damsel flies fold their wings back together. There are others that I haven't sent yet. In general do you want more detail of the head and thorax? or other bits as well? Usually I just try to get the whole thing in the photo. Which of course means there is less detail overall. At least dragonflies keep moderately still when they land. Some also never land (as far as I can tell) and just cruise up and down shooing others away.
   11 Jan 2023
Ah - yes! As a general rule, damselflies do hold their wings along the body, but not Flatwings (hence their name). In general, the parts of the body that are most useful for ID features are the thorax, particularly the side, and any patterning on the abdomen, particularly towards the tip. But it does vary for the different species. Generally a few good close shots from different angles should do the trick. Some closely related species may require more but you really need to know which ones need exactly what detail in those situations.
That said, the more appealing photos aesthetically tend to be those with a bit of background included. Which can also be useful for habitat clues which can also be useful for ID indications.
arjay wrote:
   12 Jan 2023
Harvey I have cropped the original image and hopefully you can now see what you need. The original is very good quality but is nearly 10 MB which is too big for me to upload. Let me know and I can do the same for the others.

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  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 16 Oct 2022 01:50 PM Recorded on
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