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Dragonfly Head & Eyes

EYES: Note the size, color, and shape of the eye.

Eyes widely separated - Clubtails

Eyes barely touch at a center point - Spiketails

Eyes meet partially along a seam - Cruisers, Emeralds and Skimmers

Eyes meet along a long seam -  Darners

FACE: while face color is variable, it can be a clue to ID.  Look for facial stripes or distinctive markings.


Is the face uniformly one color or bicolored?

Does it have any markings, stripes or spots

Is the pattern in the shape of a bulls eye or capital T? 

Remember: Not all Emeralds have green eyes, and some Cruisers and Spiketails do have bright green eyes.

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