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Sooty Dancer

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Sooty dancers (Argia lugens) are usually found near moving water. They perch on rocks, driftwood, branches or the ground. I found these specimens sitting on scrap wood at a friends’ house near the Pit River north of Lookout CA (Modoc … Continue reading

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California Dancer

The California dancer (Argia agrioides) flies from April until as late as early December. This common damselfly can often be found perching on rocks or the ground – usually near moving water. California dancer males are vivid blue with black … Continue reading

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California Spreadwing

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A few days ago I was surprised to find a California spreadwing damselfly (Archilestes californicus)┬áhanging onto a window screen at our house (Modoc County CA). The California spreadwing’s habitat is streams with alders and willows. We have a couple willows … Continue reading

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Female American Rubyspot

Not being particularly adept at identifying insects, I believe this damselfly photographed along Ash Creek (Lassen County CA) is a female American rubyspot (Hetaerina americana). The female of this species has light eyes, a coppery to very dark green top … Continue reading

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Feeding Grappletails

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The adult grappletail (Octogomphus specularis), a type of clubtail dragonfly, will eat almost any soft-bodied insect – including mosquitoes, flying ants, termites, small moths, flies, damselflies and even other dragonflies. Grappletails were actively feeding one morning as I wandered along … Continue reading

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Damselfly Wheel Formation

Still on the subject of damselfly reproduction: As I mentioned in the post on “Tandem Ovipositing” (07-09-14), damselfly reproduction consists of several distinct phases – territory establishment, mate recognition and acceptance, copulation and ovipositing. Once a male damselfly establishes and … Continue reading

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Tandem Ovipositing

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Damselfly mating is generally composed of several distinct stages – territory establishment, mate selection and acceptance, copulation and ovipositing. Once mating has occurred damselflies lay their eggs either alone or with the male on guard to protect the female while … Continue reading

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