The insect family
Coenagrionidae is placed in the order Odonata and the suborder Zygoptera. The Zygoptera are the damselflies, which although less known than the dragonflies, are no less common. More than 1,100 species are in this family, making it the largest damselfly family. The family Coenagrionidae has six subfamilies: Agriocnemidinae, Argiinae, Coenagrioninae, Ischnurinae, Leptobasinae, and Pseudagrioninae.
This family is referred to as the narrow-winged damselflies or the pond damselflies.
The Coenagrionidae enjoy a worldwide distribution, and are among the most common of damselfly families. This family has the smallest of damselfly species. More than 90 genera of the family Coenagrionidae are currently accepted. [1 ] [2 ]
Etymology [ edit ]
The name may be derived from Greek
coen meaning shared or common and agrio meaning fields or wild.
Characteristics [ edit ]
Front wing of the variable damselfly (
Usually have a black pattern
Ground color may be green, blue, yellow, orange, or purple
Narrow, stalked, usually colorless and clear wings
Two antenodal cross veins
Vein M3 arising nearer to nodus than arculus
The following is a complete list of genera:
Eastern billabong fly (
References [ edit ]
^ Borror, D.J. and White, R.E. (1970). A Field Guide to Insects. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 0-395-91171-0.
^ Integrated Taxonomic Information System (2007). Coenagrionidae, retrieved November 4, 2007.
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