Telephone Sylvan


Ring ring! Is that the Telephone Sylvan (Copera octogesima) on the line? This damselfly got its unique name from the fact that it has two distinctive blue markings shaped like telephone handsets facing each other on the dorsal, or upper, side of its thorax. It might be a little difficult, but it is possible to tell males and females apart ­– females lack a marking on their tails, which is present in males. Don’t be fooled by their small size though, they are fierce hunters which feed on other insects.

Learn more about this damselfly here!

(Photo credit: Cai Yixiong)


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