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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: hard to identify this huge dragonfly! 6 months ago by Michael Michael
Re: Dragonfly ID please 7 months ago by GrahamPD GrahamPD
Re: What type of dragonfly is this? ...... 7 months ago by Mich Mich
Re: dragonfly id 7 months ago by jonty jonty
Re: Help needed to I.D. Dragonfly Please. 8 months ago by Warrener Warrener
Re: Found this dragonfly in Oban, Scotland 3 weeks ago. ID, please? 9 months ago by Jack Jack
Female Sympetrum from Greek Island - Sympetrum striolatum? 9 months ago by Mark Burgess Mark Burgess
Re: Beautiful demoiselle?? 9 months ago by Jade-Lauren Jade-Lauren
Re: Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly? 10 months ago by Ash Ash
Re: Dragonfly identification help needed please 11 months ago by awillkey awillkey
Re: Please help me identify these bugs i found in my neighborhood 1 year ago by hello hello
Re: Can you help identify this? 1 year ago by Episcophagus Episcophagus
Re: More Garden Dragon IDs please?? 1 year ago by Higgy Higgy
Re: A few Dragonfly & a Damselfly IDs please??... 1 year ago by Higgy Higgy
Re: common darter I think need verification help please 1 year ago by ckmerlin ckmerlin
Re: identification please 1 year ago by bev+4 bev+4
Re: identification please 1 year ago by bev+4 bev+4
Re: identification please 1 year ago by bev+4 bev+4
Re: What is this  please ? 1 year ago by emg emg
Re: Bright blue Dragon fly (?!) 1 year ago by Episcophagus Episcophagus
Re: Azure again?.... 1 year ago by Higgy Higgy
Re: Damselflies ID 1 year ago by Higgy Higgy
Re: Please can anyone identify this insect 1 year ago by lowtech lowtech
Re: ID please 2 years ago by Gardensafari Gardensafari
Re: Dragonfly with hitch-hikers ? 2 years ago by Arachnophile Arachnophile
Re: ID please 2 years ago by Tipula - Museum ID team Tipula - Museum ID team
Re: ID Kenyan Dragonflies? 2 years ago by JamesP JamesP
Re: Damselfly I.D.? 2 years ago by John John
Re: Damselfly id 2 years ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Unsure What Sort of Insect this is 2 years ago by StuartCFCellis StuartCFCellis

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