I wondered if that's what Damselflies were. I have seen several of them. I love all my little critters! I'm planning on researching how to attract more dragonflies, so I'll add damselflies to that list.
Dragonflies and Damselflies are close relatives, together making up the order Odonata. Dragonflies are mostly bigger with large eyes that touch or very nearly, while damselflies have smaller eyese quite well spread apart. In addition, most damselflies perch with their wings laid back along their bodies, while dragonflies all perch with their wings still spread at right angles to the body. You can see both of these features clearly in Konkreteblond's beautiful picture.
Since this thread is a "what am I", I have one for you. I'm in NJ)
It's about 2 1/2 inch wing spread. The top surface is a veltvety black for about 2 inches, then a trailing edge of two shades of blue circles then white.
The reverse is the same velvety black, with interspersed dark red (or brown) cicles, connected by the same color lines..
I think your Damselfly may be a Purple Bluet. There are thousands of varieties of Damselfly and they are a lot harder to distinguish from each other than Dragonflies (which are much harder to identify than Butterflies), IMHO. We have the same (or a VERY similar) creature here and a biologist friend of mine tentatively identified it (as I have) as "possibly a Purple Bluet."
Seeing them isn't the hardest part. The Males look quite different from the females (in one case that I know of, with Dragonflies, the female is golden and the male is pink). Besides that, the adolescents look much different from the adults. In some cases you would have to catch them and examine them under magnification to make an ID.
But Skippers are difficult to ID also--someone told me that there are Skippers which can't be distinguished from their fellows without examining them INTERNALLY, if you can beleive that.
Well, I CAN believe it..lol...and it makes me feel better knowing it's not just me that can't really tell one Skipper from another. I hope I see a lot more dragonflies this year. I'd love to attract more of them to eat mosquitos!
KKB, I found a great nature photographer, Tom Murray, on line. He has lots of galleries of a wide variety of nature photos. He has varied interests and a wide range of locations, including Texas and Mexico. There are several galleries of damselfiles and dragonflies, including a section devoted to Texas, and of course several for Florida too. Give it a look-see. http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74