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This ID Guide to the East Texas Dragonflies & Damsels is a work in progress.  It is meant to primarily be a very basic photo ID list with little other information on the more commonly seen species. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all species ever seen in East Texas but rather the ones that are more commonly seen.  However, through time, we will be adding more and more species. There will be only one photo at first. Later, I plan on adding a gallery for each species with numerous photos. There will be a link to the gallery by the name of the species.

Click on the photos to see a larger version.

NOTE: Unless indicated otherwise, the photos were taken by members of this site.  We will get photos of the other species as soon as we can. It is an ongoing project. If you have pictures of any of the species which do not currently have pictures and would like to contribute to this list, please contact us.  We will consider other submissions and give you photo credit.

NOTICE: I realize the progress is slow but we are basically done with STAGE 1 – listing the primary species with a photo and description.
STAGE 2 – will be adding multiple photos of each species.

After that, we will increase the number of species listed. I also would like to rewrite the descriptions to make them more pertinent to our area and the purpose of this guide. (Help in this area is welcomed).

It has been suggested that we also add a section for species that are difficult to tell apart. We hope to get to work on this after the first stages are completed. UNLESS SOMEONE WOULD LIKE TO JUMP UP AND TAKE UP THAT PROJECT. In addition, we will have male vs female photos for species exhibiting sexual dimorphism.

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Widow Skimmer


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Slaty Skimmer


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Black Saddlebags

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Prince Baskettail


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Halloween Pennant


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Eastern Amberwing


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Blue Darter


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Ramsburst Forktail Damselfly


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Ebony Jewel Damselfly