15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Damselflies mate at dusk on the surface of a lake.

Two mating pairs of orange bluet damselflies land on the surface of a lake, creating ripples in the reflected evening sky. The pairs are depositing their eggs. In this photo they are calm, but later the males fought while still mating.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Ancramdale, New York, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D3400
Copyright: © Ollie Levy