Various local species, along with their cousins, the damselflies, have telling names like ebony jewel-wing, amber-winged spreadwing
, red damsel, red bluet, orange bluet, violet dancer, spotted blue darner, sand dragon, calico pennant, blue pirate, green jacket, ruby meadowfly, goldenwing, and red saddlebag.
Illustrations and text on damselflies, the Zygoptera, begin on page 49 (and continue to page 164) with damselflies organized into the Broadwinged Damsel family, the Spreadwing
family, and the Pond Damsel family.
This talented Sutherlin duo have put together a how-to book that's coffee table worthy, thanks in particular to his photos of such delicate creatures as spreadwing
With many of the summer species in decline or gone (having completed their life cycle by mating and depositing eggs in the pond), brilliant-red meadowhawks become the dominant odes, along with spreadwings
and familiar bluets.
Virtually every dragonfly and damselfly you will ever see in Oregon is here somewhere, divided by type - petaltails, spiketails, cruisers, darners, clubtails, emeralds, skimmers, broadwings, spreadwings
and pond damsels - with descriptions and maps showing where they're most likely to be spotted and the likely months of the adult flight season.
Other groups with such common names as spreadwings
, dancers, and bluets are our most frequently encountered damselflies.