Friday, December 09, 2005

Friday Insect Blogging: The Damselfly

This is a Damselfly I photographed a few months ago. It can easily be differentiated from a dragonfly by the fact that the wings of the damselfly narrow at the base whereas the dragonfly's wings do not. Also, damselflies hold their wings together or slightly divergent above the body when resting, while the wings of dragonflies project outward at right angles to the thorax. Both dragonflies and damselflies make up the order Odonata. Damselflies make up the suborder Zygoptera, and I believe that this specimen is a Narrowwinged Damselfly from the family Coenagrionidae.

Check out the Dragonflies of Texas for more information on damselflies and dragonflies; and for the very best in Odonata blogging, visit the Urban Dragon Hunters.

Also don't forget to check out Modulator's Friday Ark!

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Blogger Nannothemis said...

Blue-form female of the Blue-fronted Dancer, Argia apicalis. Ubiquitous over much of their range near moving water, especially quiet rivers.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Henry said...

Thanks for the info. I was hoping someone would help specify. Here is the Full Classification from

3:13 PM  

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