Damselfliesare insects in the sub-orderZygoptera(meaning "yoke-winged"). All four wings are near enough equal in size and shape. They are usually small, weakly flying insects that stay close to the water margins or water surface. When at rest, most species hold their wings along the length of their abdomen. The eyes are always separated, never touching.
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Common Blue Damselfly
Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens
Large Red Damselfly
Small Red Damselfly
Small Red-eyed Damselfly
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What is the difference between Dragonflies and Damselflies?
Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the insect order known asOdonata, meaning "toothed jaw" - their mouthparts are serrated. They are often referred to collectively as "dragonflies", however there are two different sub-orders.
Dragonfliesare insects in the sub-orderAnisoptera(meaning "unequal-winged"). Hind wings are usually shorter and broader than Fore wings. They are usually larger, strongly flying insects that can often be found flying well away from water. When at rest, they hold their wings out from the body, often at right angles to it. The eyes are very large and usually touch, at least at a point.