Minnesota Dragonfly

Dragonfly Identification

Damselfly (Zygoptera):

Once you have identified that the forewing and the hindwing are roughly the same size and shape then you have determined that your specimen is a Damselfly, or a member of the suborder Zygoptera. Damselflies are typically thinner than Dragonflies, always have their eyes separated, and usually perch with their wings folded together over their back. There are 3 families of Damselflies found in the region

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Broad-winged Damselfly

Calopterygidae

Spreadwing Damselfly

Lestidae

Pond Damselfly

Coenagrionidae