Giant Helicopter Damselflies

Giant Helicopter Damselflies

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Giant Helicopter damselflies (Microstigma rotundatum family Pseudostigmatidae) mating, The pair are mating while roosting at night in the rainforest understory. Helicopter damselflies fly with a characteristic slow wing beat and feed on spiders which they pluck out of their webs. Photographed in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Keywords: amazon, biology, copulating, couple, dragonfly, ecuador, entomology, female, helicopter damselfly, insect, jungle, male, mating, microstigma rotondatum, pair, predator, prey, pseudostigmatidae, rainforest, reproduction, roosting, specialist, spider, two, understory, web, white, zoology

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