So I was heading toward the back jungle to spritz a few things with water on a recent hot afternoon, when I was delighted to see a bright blue damselfly perched on a sprig of crassula pruinosa. A tiny jade perch for a small odonata.
Damselflies are related to dragonflies, but differ in being smaller overall and damselflies hold their wings parallel above the body when at rest.
I was excited because this was a first viewing of this species on the old homestead here. Based on photos at Natural History of OC I have concluded this must be a mature male Argia vivida, common name Vivid dancer. I also checked out info at bugguide, and found the link to Odonata Central . . . to quote the Stephen Cresswell at bugguide: Prepare to be amazed by this resource. Don't fail to check out the mapping function.
This vivid dancer was accommodating as a model in the bright afternoon sunshine. He took up several different perching positions as I snapped photos, and seemed completely non-distressed by my presence.