Sightings – Damselflies

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/21/10

Observation Time: 10:40 a.m.

Observation Location: Beaver Brook near tennis courts

Common Name: Aurora Damsel

Scientific Name: Chromagrion conditum

Comments: When perched, the aurora damsel keeps its wings spread, unlike other damselflies that fold their wings above their abdomens.

More Information: Visiting Nature

Aurora Damsel

Aurora Damsel

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/6/11

Observation Time: 3:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Eastern Forktail Damselfly

Scientific Name: Ischnura verticalis

More Information: Nature Inquiries

Eastern Forktail Damselfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/14/09

Observation Time: 11:20 a.m.

Observation Location: Beaver Brook near tennis courts

Common Name: Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

Scientific Name: Calopteryx maculata

Comments: Common along shallow forested streams. Adults perch on vegetation within a few feet of the water. Males are territorial and perform fluttering courtship displays. Females, which are bronze-colored with a distinctive white dot at the tops of their wings, oviposit in floating vegetation, often with the male guarding nearby.

More Information: Iowa State University BugGuide

Ebony Jewelwing Dragonfly

Ebony Jewelwing Dragonfly
Here’s a shot of a pair of ebony jewelwing damselflies at Beaver Brook, taken on 8/14/09. This photo shows an irridescent male guarding a bronze-colored female with the characteristic white dot at the top edge of her wings.

Ebony Jewelwing Dragonfly
Male perched on vegetation in Beaver Brook.

Ebony Jewelwing Dragonfly
Clear water flowing in Beaver Brook following unusually wet summer weather, 8/14/09.

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/2/11

Observation Time: 4:50 p.m.

Observation Location: Borderland State Park

Common Name: Elegant Spreadwing damselfly

Scientific Name: Lestes inaequalis

More Information: Wikipedia

Elegant Spreadwing Damselfly

Elegant Spreadwing Damselfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/25/10

Observation Time: 10:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond outflow pool

Common Name: Familiar Bluet

Scientific Name: Enallagma civile

Comments: The familiar bluet is a damselfly. Damselflies are typically skinnier than dragonflies, and they fold their wings over their abdomen when at rest.

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Familiar Bluet

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/19/13

Observation Time: 2:10 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Fragile Forktail Damselfly

Scientific Name: Ischnura posita

Comments: This is the male. The female is blue rather than green.

More Information: NatureSearch

Fragile Forktail Damselfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/7/11

Observation Time: 5:50 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Fragile Forktail Damselfly

Scientific Name: Ischnura posita

Comments: Fragile forktail damselflies are common in Massachusetts wetlands. This one is shown perched on a purple loosestrife leaf that had been chewed by Galerucella beetle larvae, which were introduced by the Neponset River Watershed Association to control invasive exotic purple loosestrife.

More Information: BugGuide

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Fragile Forktail Damselfly

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Fragile Forktail Damselfly

Fragile Forktail Damselfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/9/19

Observation Time: 4:55 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Fragile Forktail Damselfly

Scientific Name: Ischnura posita

Comments: This is the male. The female is blue rather than green.

More Information: Odonata Central

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/2/11

Observation Time: 5:15 p.m.

Observation Location: Borderland State Park

Common Name: Lilypad forktail damselfly

Scientific Name: Ischnura kellicotti

Comments: A southern species that appears to have increased in Massachusetts lately. This specimen is the red form of the female. There is also a blue form. Males are bright blue.

More Information: Odonata Central

Lilypad Forktail Damselfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/19/13

Observation Time: 2:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Orange bluet damselfly

Scientific Name: Enallagma signatum

Comments: The orange bluet has a long flight season. It’s from early March to early November. This bluet is unusual in that it is most active in the late afternoon. It is often found near slow moving streams, ponds, and pools with still waters.

More Information: Wikipedia or Fotki

Orange Bluet Damselfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/1/11

Observation Time: 3:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Orange bluet damselfly

Scientific Name: Enallagma signatum

Comments: These small orange damselflies were darting about all over the surface of the pond, occasionally alighting on floating weeds. Some were mating.

The first two photos are males and the third female.

More Information: Wikipedia or Fotki

Orange Bluet Damselfly

Orange Bluet Damselfly

Orange Bluet Damselfly

Observer: John Baur

Observation Date: 7/1/11

Observation Time: 2:50 p.m.

Observation Location: Borderland State Park

Common Name: Scarlet Bluet

Scientific Name: Enallagma pictum

Comments: This species is listed as threatened by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP).

More Information: MA NHESP

Scarlet Bluet

Observer: Vin Zollo

Observation Date: 6/15/13

Observation Time: 11:02 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Slender Spreadwing damselfly

Scientific Name: Lestes rectangularis

Comments: Billings Farm Loop Boardwalk

More Information: BugGuide

Slender Spreadwing Damselfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/19/13

Observation Time: 2:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Turquoise Bluet damselfly

Scientific Name: Enallagma divagans

More Photos: The Hibbits Network

Turquoise Bluet

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/2/11

Observation Time: 2:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Turquoise Bluet damselfly

Scientific Name: Enallagma divagans

Comments: The final two shots are of a mating pair.

More Information: BugGuide.net

Turquoise Bluet

Turquoise Bluet

Turquoise Bluet

Turquoise Bluet

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/20/11

Observation Time: 5:05 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Variable Dancer damselfly

Scientific Name: Argia fumipennis

Comments: Note the forked shoulder stripe, overall violet, with blue at the end of the abdomen. The last photo is a female.

More Information: Wisonsin Odonata Survey

Variable Dancer Damselfly

Variable Dancer Damselfly

Variable Dancer Damselfly