Selected Dragonflies and Damselflies…


A few years ago, before my unyielding, centripetal attraction to the nocturnal lepidoptera, I invested considerable time collecting video-images of dragonflies and damselflies found in northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.  I had a good time doing this!  Anyway, it seems appropriate to now archive most of these video-images here, in the Dakota Naturalist, with the hope that they may one day be of some educational value to other local naturalists.  Enjoy!

Aeschnidae or Darners

Variable Darner (Aeschna interrupta)

Common Green Darner (Anax junius)

Gomphidae or Clubtails

Plains Clubtail (Gomphus externus)

Corduliidae or Emeralds

Racket-tailed Emerald (Dorocordulia libera)

Delicate Emerald (Somatochlora franklini)

Libelluliidae or Skimmers

Calico Pennant (Celithemis elis)

Common Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

Chalk-fronted Corporal (Ladona julia)

Dot-tailed White (Leucorrhinia intacta)

Frosted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia frigida)

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

Saffron-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum costiferum)

Black Meadowhawk (Sympetrum danae)

Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum)

White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

Band-winded Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicintum)

 Coenagrionidae or Damselflies

Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia apicalis)

Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile)

Marsh Bluet (Enallagma erbium)

Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis)

Sedge Sprite (Nehalennia irene)

Calopterygidae or Broad-winged Damselflies

River Jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis)

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