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Abundant Dragonflies

Dragonflies have been massing in recent weeks, some for long-distance migration.

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Photo of a male Banded Pennant dragonfly

Banded Pennant, Male

The banded pennant, Celithemis fasciata, is a small dragonfly (to about 1½ inch long) with distinctive black markings and reddish eyes.

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Photo of a Cobra Clubtail dragonfly

Cobra Clubtail

The cobra clubtail, Gomphus vastus, is in the family of dragonflies called clubtails, named for the enlarged abdomen tip. There are about 100 species in this dragonfly family in North America north of Mexico, and more than 900 in the world.

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Photo of a Common Green Darner dragonfly pair

Common Green Darner Pair

The common green darner, Anax junius, is abundant and well-known for its bright green, blue, and purple colors. A large dragonfly up to 3 inches long, it is a migratory species that travels south in autumn.

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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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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 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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