Damselfly
( Zygoptera )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Zygoptera
(Selys, 1854)
Common Name:Damselfly
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Odonata
Suborder:Zygoptera
Taxon Code:ODO01436
ITIS TSN#:102042

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Henry Cowell Redwoods SP, Henry Cowell Redwoods SP, 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton
County:Santa Cruz County
ECI Site#:CASP111001
Park/Forest:Henry Cowell Redwoods SP

RECOGNITION
Forewing and hindwing similar size and shape, held at rest above body (except Spreadwings.) Very slender abdomen. Male has four terminal appendages and female has well-developed ovipositor. Males and females are typically different in color, with the male showing more brilliant color, though some female damsels are also brightly colored. In some species females have both a male-form and a female-form color pattern.

BIOLOGY
Food
Smaller invertebrates, including spiders which may be plucked from webs.
Habitat
Adults mostly near ponds, streams, etc. (water required for reproduction), but some species may be found at a distance from water, especially near the ground in grass, woods, etc
Active Period
Generally, warm weather. Some emerge early in spring, others in midsummer; in many locations, species follow a sequence through the warm part of the year

HABITAT
Adults mostly near ponds, streams, etc. (water required for reproduction), but some species may be found at a distance from water, especially near the ground in grass, woods, etc

CREDITS
Photographer
Scott Peden

REFERENCES
  • Suborder Zygoptera - Damselflies. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/190). Accessed March 12, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#102042


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