Hello everyone and welcome back to our Darting Dragonflies series! I didn’t get one out last week, things were a bit mixed up, but here we are with more on our dragonfly friends. Although today we will be looking at a relative of dragonflies, the damselflies. These are smaller and more delicate types but still very interesting insects and often overlooked by people due to the fact they don’t really fly around quite the same as dragonflies, but they can get very friendly, especially certain species.
Here we have the Boreal Bluet, a common damselfly up here in the boreal forest region of the continent. Not very big, about 1 and half inches (36mm) in length. They enjoy smaller ponds, marshes or slow moving streams. There is a small wet area which always has water along the path to the river and these damselflies are always in the area.
Here we have a female marsh bluet above and a male below.
They hang around another small wet area, more like a small pond right among the trees and there are a lot of them in that area all summer. These are the same size as the boreal bluet above and like small ponds, lakeshores and quiet streams. These can be very friendly even landing on a person.
Well, there we have it for this week, and we may take a pause in our dragonfly series for a while and bring in something else that I’m sure you will enjoy. Have a wonderful day, stay safe everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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