Dragonflies and Damselflies

About.com has a great table of the differences between dragonflies and damselflies.

The quickest way to determine if it’s a dragongfly or a damselfly is if it’s wings are open at rest (a dragongfly) or if they are closed at rest (a damselfly).

Dragonflies (4 different varieties).

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Damselflies, such as the one below also are more long and slender – more dainty, if you will.

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4 Responses to Dragonflies and Damselflies

  1. Slugyard says:

    Nice shots. I learned the difference between these two recently. They are so easy to tell apart (like you say- the wings make it obvious), but still most people probably call everything a dragonfly. Thanks!

  2. These are some fantastic shots. I love dragonflies.

  3. Kat says:

    Amazing shots, I have one myself and have been unable to identify until now so thankyou.

  4. theexplorationstation says:

    Thanks for appreciating my pictures. 🙂

    And you’re welcome, Kat.

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