Common Green Darner

Anax junius

Washington's dragonflies come in just about every color of the rainbow. Common species are black, brown, blue, green, red, orange, yellow, white or gray, in various shades and combinations. The term "dragonfly" often includes damselflies (spreadwings, pond damsels, jewelwings) and dragonflies proper (petaltails, darners, clubtails, spiketails, cruisers, emeralds, and skimmers). They are all extremely active and fun to watch as they dance around freshwater wetlands.