EASTERN RED DAMSEL, VIOLET DANCER, AND ORANGE BLUET
Eastern Red Damsel. The bright red color is unique among damselflies in our area.
Violet Dancer. This is one of my favorite damselflies because it comes in my favorite color: purple!
Orange Bluet. This is another colorful and widespread damselfly.
Eastern Red Damsels are a highly localized species, found in good quality wetland habitats. There are healthy populations at Siebenthaler Fen, Fairborn Marsh, and Cedar Bog. They fly from May through July.
Violet Dancers are fairly common and widespread. I have found them at a number of locations and habitats from late May through early September.
This is a mated pair of Orange Bluets. The female (below) is yellowish in color.
This is a young female Orange Bluet, so she is blue instead of orange or yellow. (Confused yet?) Orange Bluets have a long flight period, from May through late October (weather permitting).
Orange Bluets have orange abdomen tips, which distinguishes them from the orange form of the Eastern Forktail (the latter has a black abdomen tip).
Violet Dancers are a subspecies of the Variable Dancer, and their bright purple color is unique among damselflies in our area.
This is a young Eastern Red Damsel, photographed at Fairborn Marsh on May 15, 2018.