Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies

Broad-winged Damsels (Family Colopterygidae)

Sparkling Jewelwing

(Calopteryx dimidiata)

Uncommon, Summer, slow shady steams on the coastal plain

DMV: 12 May - 06 Aug

Sparkling Jewelwing, male

Male, Greensboro Christian Park, MD

Sparkling Jewelwing, female

Female, Greensboro Christian Park, MD

Ebony Jewelwing

(Calopteryx maculata)

Common, Summer, widespread, slow shady steams

DMV: 20 Apr - 08 Sep

Ebony Jewelwing, male

Male, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Ebony Jewelwing, female

Female, Muddy Run, Glasgow, DE

American Rubyspot

(Hetaerina americana)

Uncommon, Fall, flowing Piedmont Streams

DMV: 30 Jul - 28 Sep

American Rubyspot, male

Male, Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, MD

American Rubyspot, female

Female, White Clay Creek State Park, DE

Spreadwings (Family Lestidae)

Great Spreadwing

(Archilestes grandis)

Rare and possibly decreasing or overlooked due to very late flight season, small, slow moving streams

DMV: 09 Jul - 22 Oct

Great Spreadwing, male

Male, Thornberry Development, Hockessin, DE

Great Spreadwing, female

Female, Rock Springs Nature Preserve, Fulton, PA

Southern Spreadwing

(Lestes australis)

Uncommon, sunny fishless ponds, vernal pools, flies earlier than other spreadwings

DMV: 16 Apr - 05 Nov

Southern Spreadwing, male

Male, Chatsworth Lake, NJ

Southern Spreadwing, female

Ovipositing Pair, Susquehanna State Park, MD

Spotted Spreadwing

(Lestes congener)

Very local, currently known only from Lums Pond State Park, DE, vernal pools

DMV: 29 Jun - 08 Nov

Spotted Spreadwing, male

Male, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Female, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Amber-winged Spreadwing

(Lestes eurinus)

Very local, currently only known from the Sedge Meadow at Summit Bridge Ponds, well vegitated fishless ponds

DMV: 31 May - 22 Junp

Amber-winged Spreadwing, male

Male, Sedge Meadow at Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Amber-winged Spreadwing, female

Ovipositing pair, Ten Acre Pond, Centre County, PA

Sweetflag Spreadwing

(Lestes forcipatus)

Uncommon, fishless ponds and vernal pools, often with other spreadwings

DMV: 19 May - 15 Oct

Sweetflag Spreadwing, male

Male, Tybout Bay, Blackbird State Forest, DE

Female, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Elegant Spreadwing

(Lestes inaequalis)

Uncommon, ponds with lots of emergent vegetation

DMV: 06 July - 26 Aug

Elegant Spreadwing, male

Male, Calvert Cliffs State Park, MD

Elegant Spreadwing, female

Female, Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield County, VA

Slender Spreadwing

(Lestes rectangularis)

Common, marshy ponds, vernal pools, slow flowing streams

DMV: 12 May - 22 Oct

Slender Spreadwing, male

Male, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE

Slender Spreadwing, female

Female, Sedge Meadow at Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Swamp Spreadwing

(Lestes vigilax)

Uncommon, vegetated shores of permanent ponds

DMV: 17 May - 06 Sep

Swamp Spreadwing, male

Male, Oak Pond, Winslow WMA, NJ

Swamp Spreadwing, female

Female, Whipple Dam, Huntingdon Co, PA

Pond Damsels (Family Coenagrionidae)
Red Damsels (Genus Amphiagrion)

Eastern Red Damsel

(Amphiagrion saucium)

Uncommon, grassy seeps, easy to overlook, perches low in tall grass

DMV: 30 Apr - 05 July

Eastern Red Damsel, male

Male, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Eastern Red Damsel, female

Female, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Dancers (Genus Argia)

Blue-fronted Dancer

(Argia apicalis)

Very common, large ponds and rivers

DMV: 25 May - 22 Oct

Blue-fronted Dancer male

Male, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Blue-fronted Dancer, female

Female, Tan Form, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Seepage Dancer

(Argia bipunctulata)

Possibly extirpated, no records in over 10 years, very local in specialized habitat, seaside fens and bogs, which are critically endangered habitats

DMV: 25 Jun - 04 Aug

NJ: 11 May - 16 Sep

Seepage Dancer, male

Male, Webb's Mill Bog, NJ

Seepage Dancer, female

Female, Webb's Mill Bog, NJ

Variable Dancer

(Argia fumipennis)

Common, usually around flowing water

DMV: 02 May - 02 Oct

Variable Dancer, male

Male, Muddy Run, Glasgow DE

Variable Dancer, female

Female, Muddy Run, Glasgow, DE

Powdered Dancer

(Argia moesta)

Common, Piedmont streams, riffles and rapids

DMV: 22 May - 19 Sep

Powdered Dancer, male

Male, Espada Park, San Antonio, TX

Powdered Dancer, female

Female, Blue Form, White Clay Creek State Park, DE

Blue-ringed Dancer

(Argia sedula)

One questionable record in Sep 1944, large rivers and streams with well vegetated margins

NJ: 20 Jun - 18 Aug

Blue-ringed Dancer, male

Male, Hardware River Boat Launch, Fluvanna County, VA

Blue-ringed Dancer, female

Female, Bentsen State Park, McAllen, TX

Blue-tipped Dancer

(Argia tibialis)

Very Common, slow streams, bridges, more common on Coastal Plain

DMV: 19 May - 05 Sep

Blue-tipped Dancer, male

Male, Greensboro Christian Park, MD

Blue-tipped Dancer, female

Female, Blue Form, Greensboro Christian Park, MD

Dusky Dancer

(Argia translata)

Uncommon, clear Piedmont streams

DMV: 07 July - 04 Sep

Dusky Dancer, male

Male, White Clay Creek State Park, DE

Dusky Dancer, female

Female, White Clay Creek State Park, DE

Aurora Damsel (Genus Chromagrion)

Aurora Damsel

(Chromagrion conditum)

Rare and seems to be decreasing, small pools on spring fed streams, seep bogs, short flight season

DMV: 16 April - 27 Jun

Aurora Damsel, male

Male, Idylwild Wildlife Management Area, MD

Aurora Damsel, female

Pair in tandem, Idylwild Wildlife Management Area, MD

American Bluets (Genus Enallagma)

Azure Bluet

(Engallagma aspersum)

Common, ponds, early colonizer of new wetlands

DMV: 07 Apr - 09 Oct

Azure Bluet, male

Male, Oak Pond, Winslow Wildlife Management Area, NJ

Azure Bluet, female

Female, Sedge Meadow at Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Double-striped Bluet

(Enallagma basidens)

Uncommon to rare and local in a variety of well vegetated, mostly still water habitats

DMV: 12 May - 18 Oct

Double-striped Bluet, male

Male, Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Double-striped Bluet, female

Female in tandem with male, Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Familiar Bluet

(Enallagma civile)

Common in a wide variety of mostly still water habitats

DMV: 17 Apr - 16 Nov

Familiar Bluet, male

Male, Glasgow, DE

Familiar Bluet, female

Female, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Attenuated Bluet

(Enallagma daeckii)

Rare in shady, well vegetated woodland ponds and seeps

DMV: 17 May - 24 July

Attenuated Bluet, male

Male, Oak Pond, Winslow Wildlife Management Area, NJ

Attenuated Bluet, female

Pair in tandem, Franklin Parker Peserve, NJ

Turquoise Bluet

(Enallagma divagans)

Uncommon to common on vegetated coastal plain streams

DMV: 01 May - 14 July

Turquoise Bluet, male

Male, Idylwild Wildlife Management Area, MD

Turquoise Bluet, female

Female, Muddy Run, Glasgow, DE

Atlantic Bluet

(Enallagma doubledayi)

Rare, but may be overlooked due to extreme similarity to Familiar Bluet; sandy, fishless ponds, southern Delmarva

DMV: 18 Jul - 09 Sep

NJ 12 May - 23 Oct

Atlantic Bluet, male

Male, Franklin Parker Preserve, NJ

Burgundy Bluet

(Enallagma dubium)

Rare and local, unpolluted, lilypad covered ponds, usually perches far from shore, often in shade

DMV: 15 Jun - 31 Aug

Burgundy Bluet, male

Male, Idylwild Wildlife Management Area, MD

Burgundy Bluet, female

Pair in tandem, Idylwild WMA, MD

Big Bluet

(Enallagma durum)

Uncommon and local, large ponds, rivers and estuaries (salt tolerant)

DMV: 25 May - 21 Oct

Big Bluet, male

Male, Elk Neck State Park, MD

Big Bluet, female

Female, Glasgow, DE

Stream Bluet

(Enallagma exsulans)

Common in the Piedmont, uncommon elsewhere, vegetated streams

DMV: 28 May - 01 Oct

Stream Bluet, male

Male, Muddy Run, Glasgow, DE

Stream Bluet, female

Pair in tandem, Northeast Creek, Elkton, MD

Skimming Bluet

(Enallagma geminatum)

Fairly common, widespread on vegetated ponds, perches on lily pads and other vegetation

DMV: 01 May - 25 Sep

Skimming Bluet, male

Male, Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Skimming Bluet, female

Pair in tandem, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Pale Bluet

(Enallagma pallidum)

Very rare and decreasing, small population recently discovered on Long Pond at Idylwild WMA, MD

DMV: 23 Jun - 09 Aug

Pale Bluet, male

Male, Idywild Wildlife Management Area, MD

Skimming Bluet, female

Female, Idywild Wildlife Management Area, MD

Orange Bluet

(Enallagma signatum)

Common, ponds and slow streams, flies in shade and in late afternoon

DMV: 29 Apr - 22 Oct

Orange Bluet, male

Male, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Orange Bluet, female

Female, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Slender Bluet

(Enallagma traviatum)

Common and widespread, vegetated ponds

DMV: 30 May - 18 Aug

Slender Bluet, male

Male, Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Slender Bluet, female

Female, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Vesper Bluet

(Enallagma vesperum)

Seemingly very rare with few recent records, but probably overlooked due to crepuscular habits, vegetated ponds, flies from late afternoon to near dark

DMV: 09 May - 26 Sep

Vesper Bluet, male

Male, Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Blackwater Bluet

(Enallagma weewa)

Rare and local, fast coastal plain streams with overhanging vegetation

DMV: 19 May - 31 Aug

Blackwater Bluet, male

Male, Greensboro Christian Park, MD

Forktails (Genus Ischnura)

Citrine Forktail

(Ischnura hastata)

Common, ponds and seeps, extremely long flight season, one of the smallest but perhaps the hardiest adult odonate

DMV: 03 Apr - 22 Dec

Citrine Forktail, male

Male, Sedge Meadow at Summit Bridge, DE

Citrine Forktail, female

Female, Sedge Meadow at Summit Bridge, DE

Lilypad Forktail

(Ischnura kellicotti)

Rare and local, restricted to lilypad covered ponds

DMV: 30 Apr - 02 Sep

Lilypad Forktail, male

Male, Oak Pond, Winslow WMA, NJ

Lilypad Forktail, female

Female, Orange form, Idylwild Wildlife Management Area, MD

Fragile Forktail

(Ischnura posita)

Abundant and ubiquitous, nearly all wetland habitats, long flight season

DMV: 17 Mar - 22 Oct

Fragile Forktail, male

Male, Lums Pond State Park, DE

Fragile Forktail, female

Female, Sedge Meadow at Summit Bridge, DE

Furtive Forktail

(Ischnura prognata)

Very rare an poorly known, shaded vegetation around ponds and ditches, especially those with lizard tail

DMV: 18 Apr - 15 July

Furtive Forktail, male

Male, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, FL

Rambur's Forktail

(Ischnura ramburii)

Common and widespread, freshwater and brackish ponds (tolerates some salinity)

MV: 18 May - 09 Nov

Rambur's Forktail, male

Male, Blackbird Creek Preserve, DE

Rambur's Forktail, female

Female, Sedge Meadow at Summit Bridge, DE

Eastern Forktail

(Ischnura verticalis)

Common and widespread, many types of wetland habitats

DMV: 29 Mar - 22 Oct

Eastern Forktail, male

Male, Sedge Meadow at Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Eastern Forktail, female

Female, Sedge Meadow at Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Sprites (Genus Nehalennia)

Sphagnum Sprite

(Nehalennia gracilis)

Rare and local, sphagnum covered seep, fens and bogs

DMV: 17 May - 04 Aug

Sphagnum Sprite, male

Male, Summit Bridge Ponds, DE

Sphagnum Sprite, female

Female, Idylwild Wildlife Management Area, MD

Southern Sprite

(Nehalennia integricollis)

Rare and local, grassy ponds

DMV: 27 May - 06 Aug

Southern Sprite, male

Male, Oak Pond, Winslow WMA, NJ

Firetails (Genus Telebasis)

Duckweed Firetail

(Telebasis byersi)

Very rare and possibly extirpated, no recent records, found only on duckweed covered ponds

DMV: 06 Jul - 25 Jul

Duckweed Firetail, male

Male, Carson Wetlands, Prince George County, VA