Dirty Beauty

blue damselfly close up

Insects challenge the human designations, if not the concept, of beauty. They will alight on garbage and feces to nourish themselves, and those are their more banal bad habits (if I may anthropomorphize for a moment). Of course, they also boast some of the most beautiful colors and unique forms on the planet. This damselfly (Suborder Zygoptera) with its dirty bulldoggy snout is a unique splinter of beautiful, blue life; it is possibly a “bluet” damselfly which come in two genuses and multiple species in North America.

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