Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Damsel in Distress



A shadowy spider makes a meal of a damselfly, the scene has has something of a Hitchcock feel about it


The glorious weather continues and the pond is flickering with damselflies, (the difference between dragonflies and damselflies? the answer is here)

Red and green

But the spiders are as active as the damselflies

Spider and web

From the outset, you could see it was a relationship that couldn’t last

The spider and the fly

But it looks like the survival of the species is being maintained

Your pad or mine

The photo above, it’s one Lilly pad and two pairs of damselflies.


And they can even manage to fly around like this!


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Damsel in Distress

  1. Excellent captures, Uhdd. The shots of the damselflies mating is really fascinating, and not at all how I imagined it – especially that last one. What the heck?? Was he getting tired and she had to help support him? 😛

  2. You’ve surpassed yourself with these pictures, Mrs Uhdd! I am absolutely stunned. That’s one heck of a camera you’ve got there. And, quite possibly, one heck of a bad back! To have got the composition of those shots so spot-on you must held some excruciating poses. Unless the insects obliged by keeping to their marks for you, photography seems like a good alternative yoga.

    Shabaash! Well done!

  3. That’s one weird mating position! (sorry for any weird Google search terms this comment brings up)

  4. These are spectacular! I send you a virtual bow. My favorite is “Relationship,” with “Hitchcock” following closely. I went to the link, too. I’ll never see dragonflies the same.

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  6. An excellent series, always nice to see Damselflies….amazing that they’re mating within days of emergence in some cases, isn’t it?

    And I think those are Long Jawed Spiders…so called because of the way they hold their two foremost legs in front of them as though they were their jaws.

  7. As usual, I love your pictures and take on things. Beautiful 🙂 ~ER~

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