Dragonflies and Damselflies

Dainty Damsels

As I already mentioned earlier, I had not paid attention to damselflies and the fact that there are many different types. I have since been keeping my eyes open and found a number of different ones.


This is a male Tule Bluet damselfly (Enallagma carunculatum).

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It was fascinating to watch one eating. They like to eat insect larvae and it looks like this might have been the meal I watched it eating.

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The females can be brown or blue. This guy obviously favours the brown ones!

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This damselfly is a male Eastern Forktail and is one of the most common damselflies. You can find it in most wetlands, so it isn’t surprising that we have it around us.


And this is a young female Eastern Forktail. Adult females are a powdery purplish blue.

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This could be another Forktail or it could be an Orange Bluet – detail is lacking to see if there is a fork at the end of the tail.

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And these might be Orange Bluets mating, but they didn’t stay around long enough for me to get a good photo or a detailed look at them.

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Although I didn’t get to see it hatch, it was nice to find a recently hatched damselfly. I think it is a Sedge Sprite.

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I found it much harder to identify the damselflies than I expected. They are divided into groups that help divide them. There are broad-winged damselflies – this one obviously doesn’t have a broad wing. There are spread-winged damselflies and they spread out their wings slightly to the side, looking a little like a slim dragonfly. Then there are narrow-winged damselflies, which this one obviously is, as are all the damselflies I have found. However, trying to figure out the type of narrow-winged damselfly when I don’t get a good photo or look at them is tricky and it really doesn’t matter. I just was curious as to just how many different types of damselflies we have, given that I knew so little about them just a few weeks ago. The answer is many, which is not very surprising given the abundance of wildlife we have found time and time again in a relatively small area.


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