By Shannon Lane @Shannonroselane

WITH their ginormous compound eyes, it’s hard not to feel as if these damselflies are staring right at you

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The photographer had to approach the flies very slowly and quietly

A compound eye consists of thousands of individual photoreceptor units. The resulting image the insect sees is then created with each of these inputs, enabling the fly an extremely wide viewing angle, detecting fast movement.

Photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza photographed the bulb-eyed flies with macro photography equipment, and a large amount of patience.

Female damselflies lay their eggs on, or next to water

He said: “I love photographing nature. I like to show that in nature, and particularly in the small world of insects, we can find very interesting situations which can be really funny and nice.”

To find a mate, adult male damselflies patrol water areas

The photographs were taken between the flood areas and the riverbanks of the Po river in northern Italy from spring to autumn.

At a very humid time in Italy, Alberto found the damselflies speckled with morning dew drops.

The damselflies had little water droplets on them from the morning dew

He said: “I don’t think they are bothered by the water droplets. Insects are accustomed to the dew. They just have to wait in the the sun to dry their wings before flying away.”

Damselflies are commonly mistaken for dragonflies, however the latter have larger eyes which wrap around their entire head, and their wings spread out at rest.

The photographer caught the moment a damselfly held onto another's arm

Damselflies only live from a few weeks to a few months, during the warmer months, and die off as winter approaches. With their mating completed, a female will lay her eggs on foliage in, or surrounding, water.

Once the eggs hatch, the damselfly nymphs actively hunt and grow in water, feeding on smaller aquatic insects. Most species then usually emerge the following spring, and start the lifecycle process once again.