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A basic guide to the differences between Damselflies and Dragonflies

Damselflies

damselfly example
  • Damselflies are usually slender and their flight weak
  • Damselflies' fore and hind wings are usually equally sized
  • Damselflies usually perch with their wings folded in together
  • Damselflies' eyes are usually spaced well apart

Dragonflies

dragonfly example
  • Dragonflies are usually large, robust and their flight fast
  • Dragonflies' fore and hind wings are usually unequal in size
  • Dragonflies usually perch with their wings outstretched
  • Dragonflies' eyes are usually joined midline or are very close together