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Dragonflies and Damselflies

Skimmer, 12-spotted staff 512Quivira has over 7,000 acres of wetlands - plenty to attract a wide variety of these fascinating creatures!

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.


 

Damselflies

 

 

Typically rather delicate, slow-flying insects, with very narrow bodies.  Many fly with a skipping motion, and most hold their wings closed at rest.


 

Rubyspot, American staff 220
American Rubyspot, a rather large damsel that is found only where running water exists.
Bluet sp stafrf 220
Bluet, one of several very similar species of tiny, pond-side damsels.

Dragonflies 

 

 

Stout-bodied insects and fast-flying.  Some fly low and fast, others fly high and are difficult to see well.


 

Darner, Common Blue staff 220
Common Blue Darner, our largest and fastest species. 
Amberwing, Eastern staff 220
Eastern Amberwing, our smallest species, and uniquely colored. 
 Dasher, Blue staff 220
Blue Dasher, a fairly common, medium-sized species.  Females are brown. 
Pondhawk, Eastern staff 220
Eastern Pondhawk, similar to the Blue Dasher, but without the striped thorax. Females are bright green and black. 
Meadowhawk, Band-winged staff 220
This brightly-patterned, small species is called a Band-winged Meadowhawk. 
Meadowhawk, Variegated staff 220
The Variegated Meadowhawk, is our most common species, seen much of the year. 
 Pennant, Halloween staff 220
Halloween Pennant, a distinctive species of pond banks. 
Whitetail, Common staff 220
Somewhat similar to the related Widow Skimmer, the Common Whitetail differs by having no blue on the wings, and different positions of the brown wing spots. 
 Skimmer, 12-spotted staff 220
The Twelve-spotted Skimmer is easy to identify by its brown and blue-spotted wings. 
 Skimmer, Widow staff 220 
Widow Skimmer, a very common, medium-sized dragonfly.  Females lack the blue on the wings.
 Saddlebags, Black staff 220
The Black Saddlebags is a fairly large, fast species that is named after its dark patches on the wings.
Saddlebags, Red staff 220
A real treat to find is the Red Saddlebags, a fairly large species like its cousin the Black Saddlebags. 

 

 

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2013
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