Damselflies flash colors in wetlands

Published August 3, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

Photos from a recent walk into the Anacortes Community Forest Lands yielded news about the distinction between dragonflies and damselflies (pictured here). I discovered many opportunities to capture images of these amazing little insects in their environment: on leaves, branches, logs and ferns. I mistakenly identified them as dragonflies, but reader Charles Cossel pointed out they are more like “distant cousins.” Differences include size, eyes, body shape, wing shape and position of wings at rest. Now I have to get back to chasing dragonflies so I have comparative photos!

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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