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Old 06-02-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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damselfly ~Dragonfly Orgies~ you want to look, i know you do!

We drove down a dirt road near Iroquois NWR and the bridge is missing at Oak Orchard Creek, so I sat on the concrete which should have supported the bridge and watched in fascination all the dragonflies flying around still connected! Puffs of cottonwood seeds floated down to the water, catching on partially submerged debris, making perfect landing pads for the dragons.

The show will now begin:

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Old 06-02-2010, 10:04 PM   #2
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Excellent post, Sage! Very cool photos, but I hate to be the bearer of bad news. These are damselflies, not dragonflies. Notice how the wings are folded over top of their bodies. Dragonflies have two sets of wings as well, but when perched, their wings are open wide across their bodies.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:12 PM   #3
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More pop coming out my nose.... "dragonfly orgies".... we want to look.... she knew we would!!!!
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:14 PM   #4
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Yes, it definitely caught my eye! Glad to make you laugh! I oftentimes smile, chuckle, even occasionally guffaw to myself while I am perusing this site. Great stuff, not to mention the knowledge and information we get from each other.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:17 PM   #5
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They're lesbians???
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:20 PM   #6
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Nope.... not lesbians. Dragonflies are different from damselflies. They look similar but they're not the same insect. Another way to differentiate between them is by the eyes.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:21 PM   #7
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HUH???

Oh, I see what you mean. Everyone thinks damselflies are 'ladies', but they are a suborder of the order Odonata. Totally different insect. No, not lesbians.

LOLOL! I have water coming out of my nose!
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:55 PM   #8
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Nope.... not lesbians. Dragonflies are different from damselflies. They look similar but they're not the same insect. Another way to differentiate between them is by the eyes.
So what's the difference in their eyes besides being larger. More quads or whatever you call them?
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:14 PM   #9
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bridget1964's got it, damselflies and dragonflies are both suborders of Odonata. Eyes touching or almost touching and its generally a dragonfly.... not touching and its generally a damselfly with few exceptions. Other differences between the two orders too such as location of the gills on nymphs and dragonfly eggs are round while damselfly eggs are cylindrical.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:21 PM   #10
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There you have it...
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Dragonfly eyes verses....
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Damselfly eyes.....
Guess I never thought about them being different before....
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