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ID 101 - Dragonflies

IMPORTANT THINGS TO LOOK AT:
the buttons on the left will give more information

SIZE

is it big or little?

COLOR

Dragons come in many colors

WING PATTERN

If it has a wing pattern that will help ID

THORACIC PATTERN

Stripes and different patterns

ABDOMEN

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

HEAD AND EYES

Shape of eyes and facial markings can give important clues

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES

Male vs. Female, what are the differences?

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 different length, have small or large spines and differ in color

OK, got all the field marks of your dragonfly? 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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