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Damselfly Wings

Broad-wing damsels usually have wide wings held somewhat above the body

Pond damsels have narrow wings that are usually carried parallel to the body

Spreadwings have stalked wings that are usually held partly open


In some cases the wings may be tinted, usually an amber shade but occasionally smoky

Especially in broad-winged damsels, the size and color of wing spots may be important

Helpful Hint: The wings are an easy key to family identification in damselflies. If your insect has broad wings, it most likely belongs to the Broad-winged Damsel  family.  If your insect has narrowed wings help parallel to the body, it's in the Narrow-winged Damsel family.  Relatively large stalked wings held partly open define the Spreadwing family.

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