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).





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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