Friday, July 17, 2015

Bluet Damselfly

I think this is a Circumpolar Bluet Damselfly. I have seen the damselflies more frequently in the front flower gardens. They are so striking with their bright blue striping. 

How do damselflies differ from dragonflies? Well, I'm glad you asked. When looking at a damselfly, you will notice that they have big, bulging eyes on the side of their head. And, their wings are held vertically toward the rear of their bodies. In the case of bluets, they are in the Family Coenagrionidae, the narrow-winged damselflies. Oh yes, and as far as dragonflies go, their eyes practically cover the top of their heads, and their wings "are extended out to the sides horizontally." The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects & Spiders. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1980. Print.