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photo of perched dragonfly

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.

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Photo of an Eastern Amberwing dragonfly, female

Eastern Amberwing, 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.

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Photo of an Eastern Amberwing dragonfly, Male

Eastern Amberwing, 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.

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Photo of eastern dobsonfly

Eastern Dobsonfly (Adult Female)

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.

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Eastern Dobsonfly (Hellgrammite)

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.

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Photo of an Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly, female

Eastern Pondhawk, 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.

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Photo of an Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly, male

Eastern Pondhawk, 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.

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Photo of an ebony jewelwing damselfly

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.

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Photo of female Elfin Skimmer or Bluebell Dragonfly on flower

Elfin Skimmer (Bluebell Dragonfly)

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.

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Hine's emerald dragonfly

Emeralds of the Ozarks

Rare and beautiful dragonflies of Missouri.

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