Published: 03:47 BST, 8 May 2013 | Updated: 07:35 BST, 8 May 2013>
This cheeky critter attempted to hide from a nearby photographer - but his enormous eyes gave him away.
Tiny damselflys like this one, which has a face just 1mm wide, are almost impossible to spot in the wild when they first start to emerge during spring.
And because they are too young to fly, keen snapper Patrick Zephyr had to get up close and down low with the colourful creatures.
You can run... This camera-shy damselfly's bulbous eyes gave him away when he tried to hide from the photographer
But as he approached to take a shot with his camera with a powerful lens, the bug attempted to move around the blade of grass he was on thinking he could hide.
However his huge eyes meant he stood out as Patrick, who took the snap near the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts, U.S, snapped away.
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Mr Zephyr, from Pelham in Massachusetts, said: 'These damselfly start to emerge around this time of year so I specifically went out looking for them.
'They can't fly early on so to find them you have to really look - most people will just walk straight past them on a daily basis.
'But this one tried even harder not to be seen and as I started moving my body around to get a better shot he did the same and thought he was hiding so moved around the blade of grass.
'He was worried I was a larger animal trying to eat him. To see them act that way is very funny and made for a great shot - I'm glad I managed to find this one.'
… and if you think you’ve seen it before… it’s because you have
Microscopic: A bug-eyed damselfly peeking from behind a stalk (left) and a damselfy with striking blue eyes on a leaf (right)
Small is beautiful: An emerald-coloured damselfly perched on a daisy
A common blue damselfly (left) pictured on a leaf in Lancashire and a pair on a flower (right)
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