Dragonflies & Damselflies

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  2. BulletOde News - with over 200 links to dragonfly and damselfly websites.

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"Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain."

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.”

Mark Twain

Dragonflies & Damselflies

        Category                          (# of species identified in each group) 

DAMSELFIIES (Zygoptera)                (6)

Broad-winged Damsel Family (calopterygidae)

Spreadwing Family (Lestidae)

  1. BulletEbony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)

Pond Damsel Family (coenagrionidae)

  1. BulletBlue-tipped Dancer (Argia tibialis)

  2. BulletLavender Dancer (Argia hinei)

  3. BulletFragile Forktail (Ischnura posita)

  4. BulletEastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis)

  5. BulletRambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii)

DRAGONFLIES (Anisoptera)              (21)

Family Petaluridae - Petaltai Family

Family Aeshnidae - Darner Family (2)

  1. BulletCommon Green Darner (Anax junius)

  2. BulletSwamp Darner (Epiaeschna heros)

Family Gomphidae - Clubtail Family

Family Cordulegastridae - Spiketail Family

Family Macromiidae - Cruiser Family

Family Corduliidae - Emerald Family

Family Libellulidae - Skimmer Family (23)

  1. BulletAutumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

  2. BulletEastern Band-winged Meadowhawk 

  3.     (Sympetrum semicinctum semicinctum)

  4. BulletEastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera)

  5. BulletEastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

  6. BulletFour-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida)

  7. BulletTwelve-spotted Skipper (Libellula pulchella)

  8. BulletBlue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

  9. BulletCalico Pennant (Celithemis elisa)

  10. BulletFlame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)

  11. BulletGreat Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans)

  12. BulletHalloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

  13. BulletMarl Pennant (Macrodiplax balteata

  14. BulletNeedham's Skimmer (Libellula needhami)

  15. BulletRed Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea)

  16. BulletRoseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea)

  17. BulletShadow Darner (Aeshna umbrosa)

  18. BulletSpangled Skimmer (Libellula cyanea)

  19. BulletWhite Corporal (Ladona exusta)

  20. BulletFour-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata)

  21. BulletWidow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

  22. BulletFrosted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia frigida)

  23. BulletCarolina Saddlebags (Tramea carolina)

This list conforms to the FAMILY order in which DRAGONFLIES and DAMSELFLIES are presented in Dennis Paulson’s “Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East.”

Within each family, the species is alphabetized. This is an excellent reference from Princeton Field Guides.

Unless otherwise noted, all photography and text on this page © Richard Wolfert, 2004-2017.

Photos NOT to scale.

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