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ID 101 - Damselflies

Some important things to look at are listed here.
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SIZE

is it big or little?

COLOR

  Damsels come in many colors

WING PATTERN

If it has a wing pattern that will help ID

THORACIC PATTERN

Stripes and different patterns, click to learn more

ABDOMEN

Along with thoracic patterns, often the most important feature in ID

HEAD AND EYES

Facial markings can give important clues

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES

Male vs. Female, Click here to differentiate between the two

BEHAVIOR

Some families exhibit characteristic behavior that may help ID your ode

GENITALIA

Sometimes you need a hand lens for definite ID

LEGS

    Legs can be helpful in identifying two different families of damsels

OK, got all the field marks of your damselfly? In North America, Our Family and Genus Guide will give you some ideas about the proper group. Then you'll need your field guide.

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