I won't pretend to know what I'm talking about here, so take anything I say with a grain of salt! I find dragonflies and damselflies to be a nice distraction when there's not much else to look at and an integral part of any streamside, pondside, or bog experience. Identifying them is quite a challenge, but I pay the most attention to their differing behaviors and flight styles.
I found this Blue Corporal dragonfly at Webb's Mill early in the spring; in fact I think they are one of the first you might find flying in the Pine Barrens. They seem very territorial and like to perch on the ground.
I wouldn't even atempt to ID this bluet; they're so tiny that even seeing them clearly is a challenge! Bluets are damselflies; they rest with their wings closed and have very thin bodies.
This is a beauty of a damselfly from yesterday at Webb's Mill Bog - I'm calling it an Ebony Jewelwing because I don't know any better. Unlike a bluet, this damselfly was hard to miss as it flew butterfly-like along the path ahead of me. While its' body looks mostly blue in this pic, it also looked green when the sunlight hit it at a different angle. Really stunning! I also saw a similar-looking brownish damselfly, which I assume is the female.
A great book I've recommended in the past is the Stokes' Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies - it's by no means extensive, but a beginner like me doesn't need the added confusion of a complete guide.
I've also had the experience of dragonflies laying eggs in my backyard pond and often come across the nymphs when doing pond maintenance or cleaning out the skimmer. I wish I had pics to share with you because they are so interesting to look at. I'm not sure what exactly the nymphs find to eat out there, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that they prey on goldfish fry.
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