Chlorocypha cancellata

…is a colorful species of Chlorocyphid damselfy (jewel) that occurs in Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Nigeria and Uganda. It usually inhabits subtropical or tropical moist forests and is generally seen near freshwater rivers and streams. Like other damselflies C. cancellata is likely a predator and feeds mainly on small flying insects.


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Images: Nicolas Meziere and Laurel C.

15 Striking Hyper-Realistic Paintings by Patrick Kramer

American artist, Patrick Kramer has been professionally painting since graduating from Brigham Young University in 2008. To compose his hyper-realistic pieces, which effortlessly give the illusion of a photograph, Kramer spends anywhere between 50-300 hours on one piece. To begin, he takes a photograph of the scenery he desires to portray. He gathers multiple photos, props and uses Photoshop to compose the final image for reference. In an interview with Wallhop, Kramer says:

“I would say it’s a unique experience for the viewer. You approach a painting so much differently than a photograph… People will walk past a fairly banal hyper-realistic work, assuming it’s a photograph, but when told it’s a painting, will do a double-take. They’ll go back and scrutinize, look for brush strokes.” 

Below you will find some of Kramer’s most impressive pieces.


3 Glasses

Split Light

Salt Lake Library

Perseverance / Futility



The Optimist 




Measuring Worth

Civic Pride


Diminishing Returns

via Patrick Kramer

Common Blue Jewel (male) 

Heliocypha perforata (Chlorocyphidae) is an elegant damselfly species, with distinctive blue markings on its thorax and abdomen. Males are easily recognizable by the neon purple markings on its wings.

The Common Blue Jewel can be found in China, Hong Kong, Laos, Taiwan, Viet Nam, India, Myanmar, Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand.

References: [1]

Photo credit: ©Wong Hock Weng

Locality: Gunung Belumut (Mount Belumut), Johor, Malaysia


Matrona basilaris (no common name)

is a species of broad-winged demoiselle (damsel fly) native to parts of China, Japan and surrounding areas. Like most damsel/dragonflies this species is usually found near freshwater rivers/streams and other bodies of freshwater as they breed and develop there.



Image sources: 1,2


“The Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis), also known as the Common Pondhawk, is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, native to the eastern two-thirds of the United States and southern Ontario and Quebec, Canada. The species is distinguished in that the female is bright green and the adult male has a blue abdomen with a green face and green and blue thorax.”
Wikipedia (Erythemis simplicicollis) | CC BY-SA 3.0

Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis), Female
Ryan Hodnett | CC BY-SA 4.0


Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

Also known as the ten-spot skimmer, the twelve-spotted skimmer is a common species of skimmer (Libellulidae) that occurs in southern Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Like other dragonflies this species is a predator and will feed on other flying insects. Libellula pulchella is primarily active during the summer and often inhabits ponds, lakes, streams, and other bodies of water.


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Images: astronomy-to-zoology and D. Gordon E. Robertson

Green Darner - Anax junius | ©Patrick Zephyr   (New England, US)

Macro close up (dorsal view) of one of North America’s most common and widespread dragonflies, the Common Green Darner, Anax junius (Odonata - Aeshnidae).

Anax junius is a large insect (6.8 - 8.4 cm length, 9 - 11.4 cm wingspan), with yellowish-green face and large, dark green eyes, which meet on the top of the head. Both the male and female have a distinctive “bull’s-eye” mark on the top of the forehead, consisting of a black or brown spot ringed with blue and yellow. The abdomen is blue.

The Common green darner is widespread across North America, occurring in Alaska and southern Canada, throughout the United States, and south to Mexico, as well as sometimes further south in Central America. It is also found on Bermuda and in the Caribbean.

This migratory species has also occasionally been recorded outside of its normal range, in Hawaii, northeast Asia, the United Kingdom and France.


It’s easy to identify an ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) because no other northeastern damselfly has all-black wings. This is a male, and he’s guarding a territory and looking for mates. If a female comes by, she’ll signal her opinion of him using her wings: spread wings mean “Nope” and a wing flip means “Hey, hot stuff”.

Fulvous Forest Skimmer (Neurothemis fulvia)

The sunbasking nature of these dragonflies makes them very visible - they practically glow amidst greenery. Put them amongst autumn and winter leaf litter however, and they practically disappear.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese dragonflies and damselflies on my Flickr site HERE…..