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About dragonflies and damselflies

Banded demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens

Dragonflies and damselflies are both groups of insects.

Dragonflies and damselflies form the group called Odonata. They are recognisable as long-bodied insects with two pair of large, stiff wings and large eyes. The antennae are conspicuous and very small.

As adults and larvae they are voracious predators of other invertebrates. The larval stage is confined to water and some common species are commonly found in the smallest of garden ponds. The adults of the less robust damselflies do not usually venture far from water. Larger dragonflies are capable of more powerful flight and are often seen hawking for insect prey considerable distances from ponds, streams or rivers.

Number of UK species: about 60

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Re: Please identify 5 months ago by ChrisE ChrisE
Re: Damselfly ID please. 6 months ago by blackfazer blackfazer
Re: Help with dragonfly id please 6 months ago by beetlermurray beetlermurray
Re: I.D. Help Please -  Female Banded or Beautiful? 8 months ago by Warrener Warrener
What species of Dragonfly is this? 9 months ago by DavidT DavidT
Re: A Dragonfly ... 9 months ago by Mike Robinson Mike Robinson
Re: ID please 9 months ago by Sarah Sarah
Re: hard to identify this huge dragonfly! 1 year ago by Michael Michael
Re: Dragonfly ID please 1 year ago by GrahamPD GrahamPD
Re: What type of dragonfly is this? ...... 1 year ago by Mich Mich
Re: dragonfly id 1 year ago by jonty jonty
Re: Help needed to I.D. Dragonfly Please. 1 year ago by Warrener Warrener
Re: Found this dragonfly in Oban, Scotland 3 weeks ago. ID, please? 1 year ago by Jack Jack
Female Sympetrum from Greek Island - Sympetrum striolatum? 1 year ago by Mark Burgess Mark Burgess
Re: Beautiful demoiselle?? 1 year ago by Jade-Lauren Jade-Lauren
Re: Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly? 1 year ago by Ash Ash
Re: Dragonfly identification help needed please 1 year ago by awillkey awillkey
Re: Please help me identify these bugs i found in my neighborhood 2 years ago by hello hello
Re: Can you help identify this? 2 years ago by Episcophagus Episcophagus
Re: More Garden Dragon IDs please?? 2 years ago by Higgy Higgy
Re: A few Dragonfly & a Damselfly IDs please??... 2 years ago by Higgy Higgy
Re: common darter I think need verification help please 2 years ago by ckmerlin ckmerlin
Re: identification please 2 years ago by bev+4 bev+4
Re: identification please 2 years ago by bev+4 bev+4
Re: identification please 2 years ago by bev+4 bev+4
Re: What is this  please ? 2 years ago by emg emg
Re: Bright blue Dragon fly (?!) 2 years ago by Episcophagus Episcophagus
Re: Azure again?.... 2 years ago by Higgy Higgy
Re: Damselflies ID 2 years ago by Higgy Higgy
Re: Please can anyone identify this insect 2 years ago by lowtech lowtech

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