Friday, July 18, 2014

Dragonflies and Damselflies in Newfoundland

 # 1 Over the last two years, I have accumulated a collection of photos of dragonflies and damselflies. I have struggled to identify them, but without the proper resources, it is taking too long.
# 2 I think the one with the red ring is a Crimson-ringed Whitefaced Damselfly, but the other one locked in this mating circle seems to be a totally different species. Could it be the difference between the male and female or really two different kinds?
#3 I think this blue one is a Blue Dasher seen on July 8, 2010 in Goulds.
#4 This large dragonfly is a Four-cornered Skimmer.
#5  When I walked at Long Pond earlier this week, they were everywhere.
#7 This red one found last year in Goulds looks a lot like a Wandering Percher. Is it, I don't know. I guess my purpose for sharing these images today is not only to show the variety of dragonflies in Newfoundland but also to see if anyone can help identify them.
#8  Large and small, these dragonflies come in all colors of the rainbow. Counting from top to bottom, there are 22 pictures included in this post. If anyone can help with the ID, please leave a comment and the number of the photo.
 #9 Once the dragonfly is identified, I will edit this page to put in the name beside the dragonfly as well as the date and location of sighting.
 #10 All help is appreciated. It is possible I may have some duplicates in the images. I apologize for that, but my ability to discern differences among these creatures is very low.
 #16 - Crimson-ringed Whiteface


  1. Wow!
    A lot of beautiful photos here - and at least 1 species that isn't on my checklist for NL!!
    I'll have to wait until I get back to NL to study my book before ID'ing these for you.

    But I can say that the mating Whitefaces are a male and female. Males and females often look quite different for these species. Also, whitefaces are a type of dragonfly, not a damselfly.
    There must be a lot of different names for the Four-spotted Skimmer - but I think that is the generally accepted name.

    #17 is a damselfly.

    I have this link saved, and will return with more info later in the year.