Kihitara or Red Damselfly

This is a first for me - I have never managed to photograph a damselfly before. When I looked in my insect book it has a near identical photo so I am sure of the identification.

I got a bit distracted in the insect book as one does,  and learned that dragonflies rest with their wings open and a damselfly rests with the wings closed along the body. And it is smaller and more slender - just 3 to 3.5 cm long. The red and the blue damselfly are native to New Zealand.

Now I want to find a blue one.

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