Friday, April 24, 2015

Dragons and Damsels

Most of the time, you can tell adult dragonflies and damselflies apart by the way they hold their wings when landed. Dragonflies hold them perpendicular to their body (head, thorax, abdomen); Damselflies, parallel. As always, there are exceptions to this rule of wing; but the examples below fit the pattern.

Photo by Marty Horowitz 4/10/2015

Photo by Ned Harris 3/29/2015

Blue-ringed Dancer (I think. But definitely a damselfly!)

Photo by Marty Horowitz 4/8/2015

Gray Sanddragon - click on the photo to see (through) the wings.

Photo by Ned Harris 4/11/2015

American Rubyspot, both females

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