Calopterygidae

Pronunciation:  [Ca⋅LOP⋅te⋅RIDGE·i·dae]

Common Name:  Broadwinged Damselflies

Description:   Compared to other damselflies, members of this family have relatively broad wings that are often dark in color or distinctively marked.   At rest, adults hold their wings together and slightly elevated over the back of the body.   Many species have metallic colored bodies.   The presence of ten or more antenodal crossveins distinguishes this family from other common damselflies.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Wings partially red or entirely gray/black in color
  2. 10 or more antenodal crossveins in both wings

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Order:  Odonata