Stream Bluet Damselfly - Enallagma exsulans
Order Odonata / Suborder Zygoptera
/ Family Coenagrionidae -- narrow-winged damselflies
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Live adult damselflies photographed at DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Stream Bluet Damselfly
Order Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies date back 300 million years, to the Carboniferous Period of the Paleozoic Era. Today, there are about 450 North American species, and 5,000 in all. They have evolved in to highly efficient hunters; their freely moveable heads sport huge compound eyes -- in the case of the dragonfly, the eyes nearly cover the entire head -- and their sharp biting mouthparts, coupled with their four powerful, independent wings make them extremely agile flyers capable of snatching prey in midair.

These insects cannot fold their wings flat against the body - dragonflies hold them straight out to the sides, damselflies hold then vertically toward the rear. Both families mate in flight and lay their eggs in or close to the water.

Stream Bluet Damselflies mating

Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly
This female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly is dining on Bluet Damselfly

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Order Odonata: dragonflies and damselflies date back 300 million years, to the Carboniferous Period of the Paleozoic Era. These colorful, enchanting insects are revered second only to the butterflies in the popular psyche. Explore detailed close-up photographs of live, adult dragonflies and damselflies photographed in the wild.
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