Damselflies may be smaller, thinner, and weaker fliers than dragonflies, but they have no problem catching lunch — in this case a sizable mayfly. We had difficulty identifying this individual and reached out to a dragonfly expert for help. And while they laid out the characteristics that led to the ID, our biggest takeaway was that females of this species can be pretty variable depending on maturity and whether they are “female colored” or “male colored.” Always more to learn! 

Photo by: Glenn Marangelo on 6/26/21 in the National Bison Range near Moiese, MT