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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