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We explore the detail, beauty and grace of damselflies through the lens of wildlife photographer Theo Bosboom. There are 26 species of damselflies (Zygoptera) which occur in Belgium and the Netherlands, where they can be found in fens, ponds and slow flowing streams. "I first used a macro lens thirteen years ago. A biologist told me that there were damselflies in the reeds along a pool near Arnhem, so I set out on a mission to photograph them.”

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Close up of Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) wings,  Roosendaal, the Netherlands,  July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Close up of Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) wings, Roosendaal, the Netherlands, July.
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) covered in dew in morning and unable to fly,  Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) covered in dew in morning and unable to fly, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August.
Two common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) resting on plant stem, in a fen, Hondeven, Holland, July  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Two common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) resting on plant stem, in a fen, Hondeven, Holland, July
Banded demoiselle  (Calopteryx splendens) at sunrise,  resting in the Common nettle, Roosendaal, the Netherlands. July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) at sunrise, resting in the Common nettle, Roosendaal, the Netherlands. July.
Small red damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) close up of eyes, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Small red damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) close up of eyes, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.
Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) flying over the water to rest on plant stem, in a fen, Hondeven, Holland, July  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) flying over the water to rest on plant stem, in a fen, Hondeven, Holland, July
Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) resting on plant stem in a fen, Hondeven, east Holland, August  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) resting on plant stem in a fen, Hondeven, east Holland, August
Common spreadwings (Lestes sponsa) mating, silhouetted on reeds at dawn, De Hatertse Vennen, the Netherlands, October  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common spreadwings (Lestes sponsa) mating, silhouetted on reeds at dawn, De Hatertse Vennen, the Netherlands, October
Willow emerald damselfly (Lestes viridis), Hondeven, the Netherlands, July  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Willow emerald damselfly (Lestes viridis), Hondeven, the Netherlands, July
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) caught in Sundew (Drosera sp), Hondeven, the Netherlands, July 2010  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) caught in Sundew (Drosera sp), Hondeven, the Netherlands, July 2010
Common spreadwings (Lestes sponsa) mating, silhouetted on reeds at dawn, De Hatertse Vennen, the Netherlands, October  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common spreadwings (Lestes sponsa) mating, silhouetted on reeds at dawn, De Hatertse Vennen, the Netherlands, October
Small red damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) close up portrait, warming up in the early morning. De Hatertse Vennen Nature Reserve, near Nijmegen, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Small red damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) close up portrait, warming up in the early morning. De Hatertse Vennen Nature Reserve, near Nijmegen, the Netherlands, July.
Dew covered damselfly (probably Emerald damselfly , Lestes sponsa), Hatertse vennen, near Nijmegen, the Netherlands, September.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Dew covered damselfly (probably Emerald damselfly , Lestes sponsa), Hatertse vennen, near Nijmegen, the Netherlands, September.
Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) hovering over water,  Hondenven, Tubbergen, Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) hovering over water, Hondenven, Tubbergen, Netherlands, July.
Common bluetail damselfly (Ischnura elegans) on leaf, Millingerwaard, the Netherlands, June.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common bluetail damselfly (Ischnura elegans) on leaf, Millingerwaard, the Netherlands, June.
Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) resting on stem,  Roosendaal, the Netherlands. July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) resting on stem, Roosendaal, the Netherlands. July.
Close-up of Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) compound eye, covered in dewdrops, Hatertse vennen, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Close-up of Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) compound eye, covered in dewdrops, Hatertse vennen, the Netherlands, July.
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) is trapped in Sundew plant (Drosera), Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) is trapped in Sundew plant (Drosera), Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August.
Damselfly,  mostly likely Variable damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) with prey, Deelerwoud, Veluwe, the Netherlands, August.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Damselfly, mostly likely Variable damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) with prey, Deelerwoud, Veluwe, the Netherlands, August.
Close up of tail of recently emerged Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, June.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Close up of tail of recently emerged Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, June.
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) dead female on water,  drowned after many males attempted to mate with her, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) dead female on water, drowned after many males attempted to mate with her, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.
Split level view of recently emerged damselfly, mostly like Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Split level view of recently emerged damselfly, mostly like Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August.
Variable damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) pair mating, De Peel National Park, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Variable damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) pair mating, De Peel National Park, the Netherlands, July.
Water mite larvae (Arrenurus) parasitizing  Common blue damselfly (Ennalagma cyathigerum), Hondeven, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Water mite larvae (Arrenurus) parasitizing Common blue damselfly (Ennalagma cyathigerum), Hondeven, the Netherlands, July.
Common blue damselfly (Ennalagma cyathigerum) emerging from nymph, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Ennalagma cyathigerum) emerging from nymph, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.
Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) flying over the water to rest on plant stem, in a fen, Hondeven, Holland, July  -  Theo Bosboom,Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom,Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) flying over the water to rest on plant stem, in a fen, Hondeven, Holland, July
Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) flying over the water to rest on plant stem, in a fen, Hondeven, Holland, July  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) flying over the water to rest on plant stem, in a fen, Hondeven, Holland, July
Two pairs of Small spreadwings (Lestes virens) egg depositing in the soft rush in fen, Hondeven, east Holland, August  -  Theo Bosboom,Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom,Theo Bosboom / Two pairs of Small spreadwings (Lestes virens) egg depositing in the soft rush in fen, Hondeven, east Holland, August
Emerald damselflies (Lestes sponsa) mating on the reed along a fen, Hondeven, east Holland, August  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Emerald damselflies (Lestes sponsa) mating on the reed along a fen, Hondeven, east Holland, August
Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) group reflected flying over water and perching on reeds,  Hondenven, Tubbergen, Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) group reflected flying over water and perching on reeds, Hondenven, Tubbergen, Netherlands, July.
Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) group gathering over water,  Hondenven, Tubbergen, Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) group gathering over water, Hondenven, Tubbergen, Netherlands, July.
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)  with  small moth prey, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) with small moth prey, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.
Close up of legs of Small red damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) warming up in the early morning after a cold summer night. De Hatertse vennen, near Nijmegen Nature Reserve, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Close up of legs of Small red damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) warming up in the early morning after a cold summer night. De Hatertse vennen, near Nijmegen Nature Reserve, the Netherlands, July.
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) male trying to interfere with a mating couple.  Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, June.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) male trying to interfere with a mating couple. Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, June.
Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) group reflected in water,  flying and perching on reeds - they sit on stems and fly around the water, looking for prey and females to mate. The stems ar...  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) group reflected in water, flying and perching on reeds - they sit on stems and fly around the water, looking for prey and females to mate. The stems ar...
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) close up of recently emerged damselfly, including the green liquids that are used to pump up the wings. Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands. July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) close up of recently emerged damselfly, including the green liquids that are used to pump up the wings. Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands. July.
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) close up of the wings of a just emerged damselfly, including the green liquids that are used to pump up the wings. Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands....  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) close up of the wings of a just emerged damselfly, including the green liquids that are used to pump up the wings. Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands....
Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) in habitat in early morning twilight, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) in habitat in early morning twilight, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August.
Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) hiding behind a stem, Meinerswijk, Arnhem, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) hiding behind a stem, Meinerswijk, Arnhem, the Netherlands, July.
Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) in habitat, at twilight,  Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) in habitat, at twilight, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August.
Common blue damselfy (Enallagma cyathigerum) trapped in a spider web, Hatertse Vennen, Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfy (Enallagma cyathigerum) trapped in a spider web, Hatertse Vennen, Netherlands, July.
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)  trapped in Sundew plant (Drosera), Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August ,  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) trapped in Sundew plant (Drosera), Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, August ,
Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa)  before sunrise, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) before sunrise, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.
Banded demoiselles  (Calopteryx splendens) males roosting among common nettles, Roosendaal, the Netherlands. July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Banded demoiselles (Calopteryx splendens) males roosting among common nettles, Roosendaal, the Netherlands. July.
Blue damselflies (Coenagrionidae) resting in heather flowers in dawn twilight, Hatertse vennen near Nijmegen, the Netherlands, August.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Blue damselflies (Coenagrionidae) resting in heather flowers in dawn twilight, Hatertse vennen near Nijmegen, the Netherlands, August.
Large group of Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) including mating couples - on stems of grass, Hondenven, Tubbergen, The Netherlands. June.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Large group of Common blue damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) including mating couples - on stems of grass, Hondenven, Tubbergen, The Netherlands. June.
Emerald damselflies (Lestes sponsa) warming up in the first rays of the sun, Hatertse vennen, the Netherlands, June.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Emerald damselflies (Lestes sponsa) warming up in the first rays of the sun, Hatertse vennen, the Netherlands, June.
Long jawed orb weaver spider (Tetragnatha extensa) catching  Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) as it emerges from its nymph exoskeleton, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Long jawed orb weaver spider (Tetragnatha extensa) catching Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) as it emerges from its nymph exoskeleton, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.
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