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Dragonflies & damselflies

ORDER: ODONATA

(Ancient Greek - odontos = tooth)

Acrobatic aerial predators, and very large, grasping "raptorial" jaws to capture prey

Insects in this order

  • Banded Demoiselle (Damselfly)

    © Roger Key Banded demoiselle ( Calopteryx splendens ) Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but hold their wings vertically above their body when at rest. Adults of damselflies and dragonflies are found near freshwater and all species have large eyes...
  • Four spotted chaser (Dragonfly)

    © Liz Pearson, (Florida, USA) My annoying housemate, Commended in the 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but hold their wings horizontally at right-angles to their body when at rest. Adults of dragonflies and damselflies have...
  • Southern Hawker (Dragonfly)

    ©Archie Mathison Aeshna cyanae Family: Aeshnidae (also known as Hawkers) The Southern Hawker dragonfly is an inquisitive species, which occasionally approaches people. The Hawker family contains the largest dragonflies in Europe and North America, as well as some of the largest dragonflies on the...

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