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Help with damselfly ID?


I encountered a cool damselfly in the mountains of western Oregon yesterday. I did not get good photos of it, but a friend who was with me did.

I thought it was family Coenagrionidae, but my friend thought it was family Lestidae. It looks like my friend was right. Now I'm looking for information about ways to differentiate Lestidae from other families without using wing venation (did not have tools to collect or take good wing photos). Part of the confusion was because this individual did not spread its wings while at rest.

Any hints? Links to functional internet resources would also be appreciated; it frustratingly hard to find that stuff these days.

If you can't find what you're looking for here
by looking at damselflies from Oregon,(click on GO), you can always try Odonata Central