Aurora Damsel, Chromagrion conditum

November 18, 2007 at 6:43 pm (Uncategorized)

Aurora Damsel, Blue-form female

This unique species is the only one within its genus. It is one of the Pond Damsels, family Coenagrionidae. Some other genus in the family include the bluets, dancers, forktails, and red damsels. Most people would look at this damselfly and think that it was a bluet. If you take a closer look through, you will see that there are a few differences. For one, when the damsel is at rest it will hold its wings apart like a spreadwing would. Also unlike any bluet, it has a patch of yellow on the lower sides of the thorax. Males have blue sides on the thorax with a lower yellow patch.  Males also have segments 8 & 9 almost completely blue.  In females and juvenile males the blue is typically replaced with a light brown or gray, but a blue form female does exist.

Aurora Damsel

If you would like to find one, you should search in vegetation around calm water at streams, clean lakes, and ponds in early spring. It has also been found in bogs and fens. My early date is May 26 an the late date is June 9. I have found it at three locations, the Jamestown Audubon and the pond at the Rodger Tory Peterson Institute in Chautauqua county and locations in Allegany State Park including Red House lake (in Cattaraugus county).

Aurora Damsel Male 05-26-2005

Aurora Damsel, Closeup

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6 Comments

  1. mon@rch said,

    such amazing photography Jeremy and love this profile of such a wonderful damselfly! Hope you are able to do some more of these post!

  2. Patrick said,

    A gorgeous insect! I hope to find one next spring!

  3. winterwoman said,

    Nice post. I hope you will do posts like this for lots of species! It will help me learn my damsels and dragons! Thanks!

  4. Jeremy Martin said,

    Hopefully I will be doing more soon. This one has always been a favorite of mine; I hope you find it Patrick.

  5. Gallicissa said,

    This looks a gem of a damselfly. What clarity you have been able to capture!
    Just discovered your suprb blog and hope to back to learn more.
    -An Odontoholic from Sri Lanka.

  6. rvewong said,

    Finally someone that knows something about dragonflies. Is it possible to breed them as in captivity? Or to put it another way how do we encourage their natural reproduction?

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