Damselflies split off of the evolutionary line of dragonflies. These insects get their names based on their dainty appearance. They are very slender compared to their dragonfly cousins, they fold their wings over their bodies when at rest, and they are not strong fliers. Like dragonflies they are predatory eating small aquatic insects as larvae, and small flying insects as adults. Below are some pictures of damselfly adults and larvae that have been identified here at BNL.

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Big Bluet (Enallagma durum)


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