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Identification and caption information has been obtained from 'The Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland' ISBN 0-953-13990-5. This is an excellent guide for either the novice (me) or the more knowledgeable.


There are two main features that differentiate dragonflies and damselflies.
At rest damselflies hold their wings folded along their bodies, whereas dragonflies hold their wings out at 90deg to their body
Dragonfly eyes are very large and meet over the top of the head whereas damselfly eyes are placed on opposite sides of the head.

Both dragonflies and damselflies feed on insects caught in flight. Thorn like bristles on the legs help to hold prey and offer it up to the powerful cutting mandibles.

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Insects
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Damselflies, Dragonflies