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Photo of crane fly larva

Crane Fly Larva

The larvae of crane flies look like tan or gray "grubs," with segmented, wormlike bodies, a definite head, and tiny, fleshy projections at the hind end. Some species are aquatic, some are terrestrial.

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Photo of an adult damselfly on a twig next to water.

Damselflies

Species in the suborder Zygoptera
Like their close relatives the dragonflies, damselflies have long bodies, two pairs of long, membranous, finely veined wings, and predaceous aquatic larvae that have extendible mouthparts. Damselflies typically hold their wings together, above the body.

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Photo of a blue damselfly on a plant stalk

Damselfly Perching

Damselfly wings are membranous and elaborately veined. The hindwing is about the same size and shape as the forewing. The legs are poor for walking but good for perching.

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Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

Dragonflies

Species in the suborder Anisoptera
Like their close relatives the damselflies, dragonflies have long bodies, two pairs of long, membranous, finely veined wings, and predaceous aquatic larvae. Dragonflies typically hold their wings stretched outward, horizontally.

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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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