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Damselfly Color

Damsels come in all colors of the rainbow.  Obviously, color is an important factor in ID, but remember, age and temperature can affect the color of your ode.  Many young damsels start out brown and gradually acquire their adult color.  In these cases, the pattern may help in identification.

Damselflies come in many colors.  Some, like the Powdered Dancer at the right, become covered with pruinosity

Caution, all blue damselflies are not bluets and all bluets are not blue.
Left to right, Blue-ringed Dancer, Northern Bluet, Vesper Bluet, Orange Bluet

Helpful Hints:
the Pond Damsels, females may have several color forms.  Homeochromatic forms are similar to the male. In other forms their color and pattern are different from the male.

These 4 are all Rambur's Forktails.
From left to right, an adult male, a juvenile male, an orange form female and an olive form female

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