Kelly Vaughn

Although damselflies are commonly mistaken for dragonflies, these insects are smaller and slimmer. Most damselfly species, including the arroyo bluet (Enallagma praevarum) pictured here, fold their wings along their bodies while at rest. In contrast, dragonflies hold their wings flat and away from their bodies. Damselflies can be found on every continent except Antarctica, and in Arizona, you’ll find them near streams, ponds, rivers and lakes, where these predators hunt other, tinier insect species.