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Four-spotted Chaser

Libellula quadrimaculata

Ruddy Darter

Sympetrum sanguineum

Common Darter

Sympetrum striolatum

Black-tailed Skimmer

Orthetrum cancellatum

Scarce Chaser

Libellula fulva

Keeled Skimmer

Orthetrum coerulescens

Southern Hawker

Aeshna cyanea

Norfolk Hawker

Aeshna isosceles

Damselflies are insects in the sub-order Zygoptera (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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Blue-tailed Damselfly

Ischnura elegans

Common Blue Damselfly

Enallagma cyathigerum

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

Large Red Damselfly

Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Red-eyed Damselfly

Erythromma najas

Small Red Damselfly

Erythromma viridulum

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Erythromma vridulum

White-legged Damselfly

Platycnemis pennipes

Please note, I am not an expert on dragonflies. I just enjoy photographing them. If any ID or other mistake is spotted please let me know via my email address on home page.

What is the difference between Dragonflies and Damselflies?

Dragonflies and damselflies belong to the insect order known as Odonata , meaning "toothed jaw" - their mouthparts are serrated. They are often referred to collectively as "dragonflies", however there are two different sub-orders.

Dragonflies are insects in the sub-order Anisoptera (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.


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The isosceles triangle (yellow) that gives the insect its latin name.



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Migrant Hawker

Aeshna mixa Latrielle