Nature

By Mike Jones


Insects might be considered generally disgusting – but this cute damselfly will steal your heart.

Nicolas Reusens, 42, from Sweden, is a wildlife photographer based in Barcelona and captured the damselfly while on a trip on the mountain.

Nicolas went with colleagues earlier this month to Santa Maria de Montserrat, an abbey of the Order of Saint Benedict located on the mountain of Montserrat in Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain, to photograph other insects – but the adorable damselfly was what got his attention.

Pic by Nicolas Reusens/Caters News

He said: “I was taking macro shots of assassin flies, jumpers and other insects, when I noticed the presence of this damselfly, an insect of the suborder Zygoptera in the order Odonata.

“They are very similar to dragonflies, which constitute the other odonatan suborder, Anisoptera, but smaller, with a slimmer body.

“Most species of this suborder fold the wings along the body when at rest.

“It is a very shy specimen, peeking through a hole in a leaf- I then found another very cooperative specimen caught on a branch too.

Pic by Nicolas Reusens/Caters News

“The damselfly was not very active, so I tried to get at the same height of the leaf and took a few shots.

“It was very complicated as usually all critters tend to move or flee.

“The best time of the day to take these pictures is early in the morning, when the bugs are still cold and lazy.”