A Selection of Massachusetts Dragonflies and Damselflies

Stylurus scudderi (Zebra Clubtail), male

Unless clearly noted otherwise, the images on this site are of un-posed inscects.    

         Calopterygidae (Broad-winged Damsels)
Calopteryx aequabilis
(River Jewelwing)
male
female
pair
Calopteryx amata
(Superb Jewelwing)
male
female
female 2
 
Calopteryx dimidiata
(Sparkling Jewelwing)
male
female
pair
Calopteryx maculata
(Ebony Jewelwing)
male
male two
female
female two
 
Hetaerina americana
(American Rubyspot)
male    male 2
male 3
female
 

 
         Lestidae (Spread-winged Damsels)
Lestes congener
(Spotted Spreadwing)
male
teneral male
female
pair
Lestes disjunctus
(Common Spreadwing)
male
 
 
Lestes dryas
(Emerald Spreadwing)
female
 
Lestes Forcipatus
(Sweetflag Spreadwing)
female
Lestes Inaequalis
(Elegant Spreadwing)
male
 
Lestes Rectangularis
(Slender Spreadwing)
male
teneral male
female
 
Lestes vigilax
(Swamp Spreadwing)
male
male 2
female
teneral female
pair

 
        Coenagrionidae (Pond Damsels)
Amphiagrion saucium
(Eastern Red Damsel)
male female  
Argia apicalis
(Blue-fronted Dancer)
male female  
Argia fumipennis
(Variable Dancer)
male female
blue form female
 
Argia moesta
(Powdered Dancer)
male blue form female
blue form female 2
blue form female 3
brown form female
pair
Argia translata
(Dusky Dancer)
male
immature male
female pair
Chromagrion conditum
(Aurora Damsel)
male
teneral male
female - brown form
teneral female
pair
pair 2
Coenagrion resolutum
(Taiga Bluet)
  female  
Enallagma annexum
(Northern Bluet)
  female  
Enallagma aspersum
(Azure Bluet)
male female
female 2
pair
Enallagma boreale
(Boreal Bluet)
male female  
Enallagma carunculatum
(Tule Bluet)
male
male 2
  female - olive form
female - blue form
pair
Enallagma civile
(Familiar Bluet)
male female pair
Enallagma daeckii
(Attenuated Bluet)
male    
Enallagma divagans
(Turquoise Bluet)
male   pair
Enallagma doubledayi
(Atlantic Bluet)
male female - blue form
female - olive form
pair
Enallagma durum
(Big Bluet)
male
male 2
female pair
Enallagma ebrium
(Marsh Bluet)
male female pair
Enallagma exsulans
(Stream Bluet)
male  male 2
male 3
female pair 1  pair 2
pair 3
Enallagma geminatum
(Skimming Bluet)
male
male 2
male 3
female pair
Enallagma hageni
(Hagen's Bluet)
male
male 2
female  
Enallagma laterale
(New England Bluet)
male female mating pair
Enallagma minusculum
(Little Bluet)
male
male 2
female  
Enallagma pictum
(Scarlet Bluet)
male
male 2
immature male
female pair
Enallagma recurvatum
(Pine Barrens Bluet)
male    
Enallagma signatum
(Orange Bluet)
male
immature male
female
immature female
pair
pair 2
Enallagma traviatum
(Slender Bluet)
male   pair
Enallagma vespersum
(Vesper Bluet)
male
male 2
   
Ischnura hastata
(Citrine Forktail)
male female
immature female
 
Ischnura kellicotti
(Lilypad Forktail)
male
immature male
mature female
transitioning female
immature female
 
Ischnura posita
(Fragile Forktail)
male female  
Ischnura ramburii
(Rambur's Forktail)
male immature female
male-like female
 
Ischnura verticalis
(Eastern Forktail)
male  female    immature female
immature female 2
unusual immature form
female - male-like
 
Nehalennia irene
(Sedge Sprite)
male
immature male
female  
Nehalennia glacialis
(Sphagnum Sprite)
male
male 2
female
immature female
 

 
         Petaluridae (Petaltails)
Tachopteryx thoreyi
(Grey Petaltail)
male
male 2
 
 

 
         Aeshnidae (Darners)
Aeshna canadensis
(Canada Darner)
male
male 2
male - in flight

androchromatic female
gynochromatic female

pair
Aeshna clepsydra
(Mottled Darner)
male
   
Aeshna constricta
(Lance-tipped Darner)
male
female
female 2 - dorsal view
ovipositing female
Aeshna eremita
(Lake Darner)
male female  
Aeshna interrupta
(Variable Darner)
male
male 2
female  
Aeshna tuberculifera
(Black-tipped Darner)
male female  
Aeshna umbrosa
(Shadow Darner)
male
male 2
female   female - thorax
female - dorsal view
 
Aeshna verticalis
(Green-striped Darner)
male
male - thorax
  pair
Anax junius
(Common Green Darner)
mature male
immature male
male - in flight
female
female - lateral view
mating pair
ovipositing pair
Anax longipes
(Comet Darner)
  female  
Basiaeschna janata
(Springtime Darner)
male
male - dorsal view
female  
Boyeria grafiana
(Ocellated Darner)
male   mating pair
Boyeria vinosa
(Fawn Darner)
male   pair
Gomphaeschna furcillata
(Harlequin Darner)
male female  
Rhionaeschna mutata
(Spatterdock Darner)
male - dorsal view
male - lateral view
female
female 2
 

 

         Gomphidae (Clubtails)

                  Progomphus (Sanddragons)
Progomphus obscurus
(Common Sanddragon)
male
 
 

                  Arigomphus (Pond Clubtails)
Arigomphus furcifer
(Lilypad Clubtail)
male
male 2
male 3
female
 
Arigomphus villosipes
(Unicorn Clubtail)
male
male - dorsal view
female
 

                  Gomphus / Phanogomphus subgenus
Gomphus borealis
(Beaverpond Clubtail)
female
female 2
 
Gomphus descriptus
(Harpoon Clubtail)
male
male 2
female
 
Gomphus exilis
(Lancet Clubtail)
male
female
 
Gomphus lividus
(Ashy Clubtail)
male
male 2
female
pair
Gomphus quadricolor
(Rapids Clubtail)
male
male 2
female
 
Gomphus spicatus
(Dusky Clubtail)
male
male 2
female  

                  Hylogomphus subgenus
Gomphus abbreviatus
(Spine-crowned Clubtail)
male
female
 
Gomphus adelphus
(Mustached Clubtail)
male
immature male
 

                 Gomphurus subgenus
Gomphus fraternus
(Midland Clubtail)
male
female
female 2
 
Gomphus vastus
(Cobra Clubtail)
male
teneral male
female
 
Gomphus ventricosus
(Skillet Clubtail)
male
male 2
 

                  Stylurus (Hanging Clubtails)
Stylurus amnicola
(Riverine Clubtail)
male
male 2
male 3
female  
Stylurus scudderi
(Zebra Clubtail)
male 1     male 2
male 3      male 4
male 5
female  
Stylurus spiniceps
(Arrow Clubtail)
male
male - dorsal view
female  

                  Dromogomphus (Spinylegs)
Dromogomphus spinosus
(Black-shouldered spinyleg)
 male
male - thorax
immature male
 

                  Hagenius (Dragonhunter)
Hagenius brevistylus
(Dragonhunter)
male
male two
female larva

                  Ophiogomphus (Snaketails)
Ophiogomphus aspersus
(Brook Snaketail)
male    
Ophiogomphus carolus
(Riffle Snaketail)
male     male 2
male 3
female  
Ophiogomphus mainensis
(Maine Snaketail)
male
male - dorsal view
female
ovipositing female
 
Ophiogomphus rupinsulensis
(Rusty Snaketail)
male female  

                  Stylogomphus (Least Clubtails)
Stylogomphus albistylus
(Least Clubtail)
male
male 2
female
immature female
 

                  Lanthus (Pygmy Clubtails)
Lanthus parvulus
(Northern Pygmy Clubtail)
  female  
Lanthus vernalis
(Southern Pygmy Clubtail)
male female  

 
         Cordulegastridae (Spiketails)
Cordulegastor diastatops
(Delta-spotted Spiketail)
male
male - dorsal view 
female
 
Cordulegastor maculata
(Twin-spotted Spiketail)
male
male 2
 
Cordulegastor obliqua
(Arrowhead Spiketail)
male 
 
 

 
         Macromiidae (Cruisers)
Didymops transversa
(Stream Cruiser)
male
male 2
male - lateral view
female
female - lateral view
 

 
         Cordulidae (Emeralds)
Cordulia shertleffi
(American Emerald)
male
female
 
Dorocordulia lepida
(Petite Emerald)
male
male 2
 
Dorocordulia libera
(Racket-tailed Emerald)
male
male - dorsal view
male 2
female
female 2
immature female
 
Epitheca canis
(Beaverpond Baskettail)
female
 
Epitheca cynosura
(Common Baskettail)
male
male 2
teneral male
female
 
Epitheca princeps
(Prince Baskettail)
male
male two
female
teneral female
 
Epitheca spinigera
(Spiny Baskettail)
male female  
Helocordulia uhleri
(Uhler's Sundragon)
male
immature male
female
female - dorsal view
female 2
immature female
 
Somatochlora elongata
(Ski-tailed Emerald)
  female  
Somatochlora forcipata
(Forcipate Emerald)
male
male, dorsal view
male, in-flight
   
Somatochlora linearis
(Mocha Emerald)
male 1
male 2
male 3
female
female, dorsal view
 
Somatochlora tenebrosa
(Clamp-tipped Emerald)
male
male 2
male 2, lateral view
female
female, lateral view
 
Somatochlora walshii
(Brush-tipped Emerald)
male
male 2
   
Somatochlora williamsonia
(Williamson's Emerald)
male - in flight    
Williamsonia fletcheri
(Ebony Boghaunter)
male female  
Williamsonia lintneri
(Ringed Boghaunter)
male
male 2
female
female 2
 

 
         Libellulidae (Common Skimmers)
Celithemis elisa
(Calico Pennant)
male
male 2
male 3
female
female 2
teneral female
Pair
Celithemis eponina
(Halloween Pennant)
male
male 2
male 3
female
female 2
female 3
 
Celithemis fasciata
(Banded Pennant)
male
male 2
female
female 2
 
Celithemis martha
(Martha's Pennant)
male
male 2
female  
Erythemis simplicicollis
(Eastern Pondhawk)
male 1      male 2
changing male
immature male
teneral male
female 1
female 2
 
Erythrodiplax berenice
(Seaside Dragonlet)
male
male 2
female
female - male-like
 
Ladona deplanata
(Blue Corporal)
male female  
Ladona exusta
(White Corporal)
male
male 2
female  
Ladona julia
(Chalk-fronted Corporal)
male female
immature female
 
Plathemis lydia
(Common Whitetail)
male
immature male
female
female 2
 
Leucorrhinia frigida
(Frosted Whiteface)
male
male 2
female  
Leucorrhinia glacialis
(Crimson-ringed Whiteface)
male
male 2
female
female 2
 
Leucorrhinia hudsonica
(Hudsonian Whiteface)
male - red form
male - brown form
female - red form
female - brown form
 
Leucorrhinia intacta
(Dot-tailed Whiteface)
male
immature male
female pair
Leucorrhinia proxima
(Red-waisted Whiteface)
male
male 2
  pair
Libellula auripennis
(Golden-winged Skimmer)
male female  
Libellula needhami
(Needham's Skimmer)
male    
Libellula cyanea
(Spangled Skimmer)
male
immature male
female  
Libellula incesta
(Slaty Skimmer)
male
immature male
female
female 2
pair
Libellula luctosa
(Widow Skimmer)
male
male 2
immature male
female
female 2
 
Libellula pulchella
(Twelve-spotted Skimmer)
male female - dorsal view
female - lateral view
 
Libellula quadrimaculata
(Four-spotted Skimmer)
male        male 2
male 3      male 4

female

 
Libellula semifasciata
(Painted Skimmer)
male female
female 2
 
Libellula vibrans
(Great Blue Skimmer)
male female  
Nannothemis bella
(Elfin Skimmer)
male female  
Pachydiplax longipennis
(Blue Dasher)
male female  
Pantala flavescens
(Wandering Glider)
male female  
Pantala hymenaea
(Spot-winged Glider)
male    
Perithemis tenera
(Eastern Amberwing)
male
male 2
female
female 2
 
Sympetrum corruptum
(Variegated Meadowhawk)
  female
 
Sympetrum costiferum
(Saffron-winged Meadowhawk)
male female  
Sympetrum internum
(Cherry-faced Meadowhawk)
male
male 2
female  
Sympetrum janae
(Jane's Meadowhawk)
male
   
Sympetrum obtrusum
(White-faced Meadowhawk)
male
   
Sympetrum rubicundulum
(Ruby Meadowhawk)
male
   
Sympetrum semicinctum
(Band-winged Meadowhawk)
male
immature male
female
female 2
 
Sympetrum vicinum
(Autumn Meadowhawk)
  male 1    male 2    male 3
immature male
female pair
Tramea carolina
(Carolina Saddlebags)
male female  
Tramea lacerata
(Black Saddlebags)
male 1    male 2
male 3    male 4
   


 
 

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 Gallery:  Dragonflies in Flight
Dragonflies of the Westfield River

 
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