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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: A selection of Dragonflies on the Isle Of Arran last summer 2 weeks ago by Garret Garret
Re: Damselfly 2 months ago by JoDee JoDee
Re: Golden-ringed Dragonfly 8 months ago by Atanas Atanas
Re: Female Sympetrum from Greek Island - Sympetrum striolatum? 8 months ago by Atanas Atanas
Re: Two insects found by river - help! 1 year ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Damselfly ID's (x2) 1 year ago by lucy lucy
Re: Blue-tailed Damselfy  Ischnura elegans f infuscans-obsoleta? 1 year ago by DerekP DerekP
Re: Dragonfly Id 2 years ago by Jamesie Jamesie
Re: ID please,  d'fly still attached to exuvia 2 years ago by Arachnophile Arachnophile
Re: Posts 2 years ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Is this a common darter (male)? 2 years ago by awillkey awillkey
Re: id please. d'fly attached to exuvia 2 years ago by Arachnophile Arachnophile
Re: Do damselfly colours fade? In any case, what species? 2 years ago by Steve Jelf Steve Jelf
Re: What species of Dragonfly is this? 2 years ago by awillkey awillkey
Re: A Darter or something else? I.D. Help Needed Please. 2 years ago by Warrener Warrener
Re: Damsel reassurance 2 years ago by Steve Jelf Steve Jelf
Re: Please identify 2 years ago by ChrisE ChrisE
Re: Damselfly ID please. 2 years ago by blackfazer blackfazer
Re: Help with dragonfly id please 2 years ago by beetlermurray beetlermurray
Re: I.D. Help Please -  Female Banded or Beautiful? 3 years ago by Warrener Warrener
Re: A Dragonfly ... 3 years ago by Mike Robinson Mike Robinson
Re: ID please 3 years ago by Sarah Sarah
Re: hard to identify this huge dragonfly! 3 years ago by Michael Michael
Re: Dragonfly ID please 3 years ago by GrahamPD GrahamPD
Re: What type of dragonfly is this? ...... 3 years ago by Mich Mich
Re: dragonfly id 3 years ago by jonty jonty
Re: Help needed to I.D. Dragonfly Please. 4 years ago by Warrener Warrener
Re: Found this dragonfly in Oban, Scotland 3 weeks ago. ID, please? 4 years ago by Jack Jack
Re: Beautiful demoiselle?? 4 years ago by Jade-Lauren Jade-Lauren
Re: Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly? 4 years ago by Ash Ash

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