Our maps and globes no longer have large blank spaces. The entire world has been mapped. There are no longer spaces that are shown with dragons and other monsters, but we do not need to go to the ends of the Earth to see dragons.
There are dragons around us...
Dragonflies! And their close relatives Damselflies.
While they look similar there are differences between dragonflies and damselflies that make them easy to separate.
(First, let me say that I am horrible at identifying dragonflies and damselflies. There are hundreds of species, many of which look very alike. Also, the males and females of many species look completely different. So it is entirely possible that I have made mistakes in identifying the species below.)
The easiest way to tell dragonflies from damselflies is to look at is the position of their wings. Most dragonflies like this one hold their wings perpendicular to their bodies when they rest.
This Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) is also holding its wings perpendicular to its body. If you look close you can see another thing that helps to identify dragonflies. Their eyes are so large that they meet in the middle of the head and cover most of the head.
|A close-up of the Widow Skimmer|
|Ebony Jewelwing - a damselfly|
|Close-up of the Northern Bluet|