• Question: Are Ask Small Red-eyed Damselflies related to dragon flies?

    Asked by chaoj16 to Small Red-eyed Damselfly on 13 Nov 2017.
    • Photo: Small Red-eyed Damselfy

      Small Red-eyed Damselfy answered on 13 Nov 2017:


      Yes!!! we are, we belong to the same order: ODONATA.
      however there are 4 main differences between us and once I tell you which ones they are you’ll be able to identify us very easily!!

      1_Dragonflies have much larger eyes than damselflies, with the eyes taking up most of the head as
      they wrap around from the side to the front of the face. The eyes of a damselfly are large, but there
      is always a gap of space between them.
      2_Dragonflies have bulkier bodies than damselflies, with a shorter, thicker appearance. Damselflies
      have a body made like the narrowest of twigs.
      3_ Both dragonflies and damselflies have two sets of wings, however they have different shapes.
      Dragonflies have hind wings that broaden at the base, and which makes them larger than the
      front set of wings. Damselflies have wings that are the same size and shape for both sets.
      4_Finally, you can spot the difference when the insect is at rest. Dragonflies hold their wings out
      perpendicular to their bodies when resting, like an airplane. Damselflies fold their wings up and
      hold them together across the top of their backs.

      I know is late in the year to go outside and find them, however the internet is full of nice pictures of both, have a browse and enjoy yourself

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