These insects, in the order Odonata, undergo a complete metamorphosis from their aquatic, wingless larvae to their winged, often colorful, adult stage. Two main groups are recognized: Damselflies and Dragonflies. Quivira has numerous species in both categories, and the most common species are shown below.
Typically rather delicate, slow-flying insects, with very narrow bodies. Many fly with a skipping motion, and most hold their wings closed at rest.
Stout-bodied insects and fast-flying. Some fly low and fast, others fly high and are difficult to see well.
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The tallest North American bird, and one of the rarest: now numbering about 600 in the world, there were once as few as 16.