Damselflies of Iowa

Damselfly Characteristics

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Broad-winged Damsels Calopterygidae Early Date Late Date Counties Recorded
River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis June 2 September 6 53
Ebony Jewelwing Calopteryx maculata May 26 September 20 99
American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana May 27 October 12 93
Smoky Rubyspot Hetaerina titia June 13 October 6 42
Spreadwings Lestidae Early Date Late Date Counties Recorded
Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis August 12 November 7 29
Southern Spreadwing Lestes australis April 13 August 26 41
Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener June 3 October 17 18
Emerald Spreadwing Lestes dryas May 16 September 6 30
Amber-winged Spreadwing Lestes eurinus May 28 August 12 32
Sweetflag Spreadwing Lestes forcipatus May 30 July 11 8
Elegant Spreadwing Lestes inaequalis June 15 August 7 10
Slender Spreadwing Lestes rectangularis May 3 October 5 85
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing Lestes unguiculatus May 29 October 12 93
Pond Damsels Coenagrionidae Early Date Late Date Counties Recorded
Red Damsel Amphiagrion intermediate May 18 September 6 58
Paiute Dancer Argia alberta June 19 August 13 15
Blue-fronted Dancer Argia apicalis May 27 October 1 98
Emma's Dancer Argia emma June 23 June 23 1
Variable Dancer Argia fumipennis May 27 September 27 66
Powdered Dancer Argia moesta May 27 October 1 60
Springwater Dancer Argia plana June 6 September 9 49
Blue-tipped Dancer Argia tibialis May 27 September 14 61
Prairie Bluet Coenagrion angulatum May 20 June 23 8
Taiga Bluet Coenagrion resolutum May 31 July 9 23
River Bluet Enallagma anna May 31 September 17 78
Northern Bluet Enallagma annexum May 3 August 29 43
Rainbow Bluet Enallagma antennatum June 3 September 19 95
Azure Bluet Enallagma aspersum May 16 October 4 57
Double-striped Bluet Enallagma basidens May 10 October 7 54
Boreal Bluet Enallagma boreale June 3 July 19 6
Tule Bluet Enallagma carunculatum May 27 October 7 89
Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile May 14 October 17 99
Alkali Bluet Enallagma clausum May 29 August 10 6
Marsh Bluet Enallagma ebrium May 19 September 3 26
Stream Bluet Enallagma exsulans May 16 September 29 59
Skimming Bluet Enallagma geminatum May 15 September 30 83
Hagen's Bluet Enallagma hageni June 2 September 3 84
Orange Bluet Enallagma signatum May 22 October 11 81
Slender Bluet Enallagma traviatum May 25 August 4 34
Vesper Bluet Enallagma vesperum May 17 October 8 14
Citrine Forktail Ischnura hastata May 26 September 27 32
Western Forktail Ischnura perparva July 28 August 22 1
Fragile Forktail Ischnura posita April 26 October 11 43
Eastern Forktail Ischnura verticalis April 1 October 17 99
Sedge Sprite Nehalennia irene May 11 August 26 49