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Dragonfly

photo of perched dragonfly
Dragonflies have slender, elongated abdomens, robust bodies, and 2 pairs of wings that are usually outstretched horizontally. The wings are membranous and elaborately veined. More

Eastern Amberwing, Female

Photo of an Eastern Amberwing dragonfly, female
The eastern amberwing, Perithemis tenera, is a tiny species of dragonfly that only reaches about 1 inch in length. Each of the four amber-colored wings has a red spot on the outer leading edge. Females have blotch-patterned wings. More

Eastern Amberwing, Male

Photo of an Eastern Amberwing dragonfly, Male
The eastern amberwing, Perithemis tenera, is a tiny species of dragonfly that only reaches about 1 inch in length. Each of the four amber-colored wings has a red spot on the outer leading edge. Males have clear amber wings. More

Eastern Dobsonfly (Adult Female)

Photo of eastern dobsonfly
Adults are huge and mothlike, with prominent pincers and long antennae. This is a female. Pincers are much larger on males, but the females have better leverage and can pinch harder. More

Eastern Dobsonfly (Hellgrammite)

Photo of eastern dobsonfly
Corydalus cornutus
Adult dobsonflies are huge and mothlike, with large wings and a weak, fluttery flight. The fiercely predaceous aquatic larvae, called hellgrammites, are well-known to anglers, who often use them as bait. More

Eastern Pondhawk, Female

Photo of an Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly, female
The eastern pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis, is in the large family of dragonflies called skimmers. Females and young males are green with black abdomen spots. The ovipositor (egg-laying organ) on this female is visible below the tip of her abdomen. More

Eastern Pondhawk, Male

Photo of an Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly, male
The eastern pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis, is in the large family of dragonflies called skimmers. Although young males are green with black abdomen spots, older males have a blue abdomen and green face. Sparring males engage in fascinating aerial maneuvers. More

Ebony Jewelwing (Damselfly)

Photo of an ebony jewelwing damselfly
The ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) is a lovely damselfly usually found in forested areas along streams and small rivers. Their flight is fluttery, and they rarely go far when disturbed. More

Elfin Skimmer (Bluebell Dragonfly)

Photo of female Elfin Skimmer or Bluebell Dragonfly on flower
The elfin skimmer, or bluebell, Nannothemis bella, is a tiny dragonfly that grows to only about ¾ inch long. Males are pale blue, with white on the face, and have a club-shaped abdomen. Females resemble wasps, with black and yellow bands. More

Emeralds of the Ozarks

Hine's emerald dragonfly
Rare and beautiful dragonflies of Missouri. More