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Great Sacandaga Lake Dragonflies

Slender Spreadwing

Tule Bluet

Familiar Bluet

A dragonfly is a type of insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Even though dragonflies possess 6 legs like any other insect, they are not capable of walking.

Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.

Nymphs can deliver a painful bite when threatened. The wound should be cleaned thoroughly to prevent water-borne infections.

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Lestidae
Slender Spreadwing

Coenagrionidae
Tule Bluet
Familiar Bluet
Northern Bluet
Stream Bluet
Fragile Forktail
Eastern Forktail

Aeshnidae
Variable Darner

Gomphidae
Mustached Clubtail

Northern Pygmy Clubtail

Cordulegastridae
Twin-spotted Spiketail

Corduliidae
Stream Cruiser
Common Baskettail

Northern Bluet

Stream Bluet

Fragile Forktail

Eastern Forktail

Variable Darner

Mustached Clubtail

Northern Pygmy Clubtail

Twin-spotted Spiketail

Stream Cruiser

Common Baskettail

 

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