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Dragonflies & Damselflies

Dragonfly Viewing Guide

A dragonfly is an insect that has huge compound eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated, sometimes iridescent body. Dragonflies possess six legs, but they are not capable of walking. They use their legs to hold prey. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but dragonflies hold their wings away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Both dragonflies and damselflies are predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They have freely movable heads and sharp mouthparts to chew up insects.

Dragonflies live around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, called nymphs, are aquatic. Adults can fly in six directions: upward, downward, forward, back, and side to side.  That is because unlike other insects, they can move their wings independently. Dragonflies also fly very quickly compared to other insects. Adults live five or six months.

Thank you, Laurie Sheppard, for the photos below.  Click on each thumbnail to enlarge.

Halloween Pennant by Laurie Sheppard


Roseate Skimmer by Rick Cantu

Fragile Forktale by Laurie Sheppard

Banded Pennant

Black Saddlebags

Blue Dasher Male

Blue Dasher Female

Checkered Setwing Male

Checkered Setwing Female

Common Whitetail Male 

Common Whitetail Female

Eastern Amberwing

In Flight

Eastern Amberwing Female 

Eastern Pondhawk Male 

Eastern Pondhawk Female

Familiar Bluet

Flag-tailed Spiny Leg

Four-Spotted Pennant

Halloween Pennant

Red Saddlebags Female

Roseate Skimmer Immature

Roseate Skimmer 

Slaty Skimmer 

Variegated Meadohawk Female

Widow Skimmer Female

Widow Skimmer 

Widow Skimmer Female top view 

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