These beautiful damselflies tend to be found near spring-fed streams and seeps with lots of vegetation …including hot springs. The nymphs spend from a few months to up to three years living underwater and feeding on a wide variety of aquatic insects. As adults, they take to the air, feeding on almost any soft-bodied flying insects including mosquitoes, flies, small moths, mayflies, and flying ants or termites. Males (pictured here) tend to perch on rocks and shoreline areas where they can keep an eye out for passing females.

Photo by: Glenn Marangelo on 7/26/21 in Florence, MT