Damselflies

Saw my first “ode” of the year on May 7th. Both damselflies, of which this is one, and dragonflies are members of the Odonata order. This one looks recently emergent. It was flying weakly, characteristic of a newly emerged adult, getting used to operating those four wings.
This one is easier to identify: a Fragile Forktail spotted on Monday. Second damsel I have seen this year. Never mind the name: I see this species all over the place, in many different habitats. They’re small but seem to be as tough as the proverbial nails.

It’s been a cool May so far. The waters need to warm up to inspire more Odonata nymphs to emerge and shed their aquatic life for the skies.

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