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Damselflies (Suborder Zygoptera)
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Vivid Dancer (Argia vivida)

General: Damselflies (Suborder Zygoptera) are small, blue, dragonfly-like creatures often seen zooming and hovering around streams and pools of water. At rest, most damselflies usually hold their wings together and folded over the body; this is in contrast to dragonflies that rest with the wings held outstretched. In addition, the eyes of damselflies are separate (almost on stalks), while those of dragonflies are combined into the top of the head.

What we know as damselflies are the adult forms of these bugs; larval damselflies are aquatic bugs.

These active creatures are harmless to humans, but they are voracious predators of small flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes. There are some good places for Watching Dragonflies and Damselflies Around Las Vegas.

Taxonomy: Order Odonata, Suborder Zygoptera.

Photo Family Species
American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) Calopterygidae American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana)
California Dancer (Argia agrioides) Coenagrionidae California Dancer (Argia agrioides)
Kiowa Dancer (Argia immunda) Coenagrionidae Kiowa Dancer (Argia immunda)
Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta) Coenagrionidae Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)
Aztec Dancer (Argia nahuana) Coenagrionidae Aztec Dancer (Argia nahuana)
Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula) Coenagrionidae Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula)
Vivid Dancer (Argia vivida) Coenagrionidae Vivid Dancer (Argia vivida)
Boreal Bluet (Enallagma boreale) Coenagrionidae Boreal Bluet (Enallagma boreale)
Tule Bluet (Enallagma carunculatum) Coenagrionidae Tule Bluet (Enallagma carunculatum)
Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile) Coenagrionidae Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile)
Desert Forktail (Ischnura barberi) Coenagrionidae Desert Forktail (Ischnura barberi)
Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula) Coenagrionidae Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula)
Mexican Forktail (Ischnura demorsa) Coenagrionidae Mexican Forktail (Ischnura demorsa)
Black-fronted Forktail (Ischnura denticollis) Coenagrionidae Black-fronted Forktail (Ischnura denticollis)
Western Forktail (Ischnura perparva) Coenagrionidae Western Forktail (Ischnura perparva)
Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii) Coenagrionidae Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii)
Desert Firetail (Telebasis salva) Coenagrionidae Desert Firetail (Telebasis salva)
Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis) Lestidae Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis)
Spotted Spreadwing (Lestes congener) Lestidae Spotted Spreadwing (Lestes congener)
Spreadwing Damselfly (Lestes spp) Lestidae Spreadwing Damselfly (Lestes spp)
Unidentified Damselflies (Suborder Zygoptera) Unknown Unidentified Damselflies

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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