Saturday, July 20, 2013

Slender Spreadwing

The variation in pattern and color among the dragonflies and damselflies makes them difficult to identify. These are both Slender Spreadwings. Unlike other damselflies, spreadwings hold their wings out at an angle from their bodies. One key to identification here are the barely visible, frosty wing tips—most notable on the upper wings in the first photo and along the lower wings in the second picture.

Slender Spreadwings are common in much of eastern North America. Females lay single eggs in cattail stems. When the emerge, often in large numbers, they are often found in lakeside woodlands and brushy areas (Paulson). The first photo was taken at the Bass Ponds in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the second comes from Circle Lake in Rice Co., Minnesota.

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