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Dragonflies and Damselflies Basic Identification
Dragonflies are amazing insects with fascinating behaviour and majestic powers of flight. The species around today are closely related to the huge insects that flew over the forests 300 million years ago. One of these giants, staggeringly, had a wingspan of 70cm. Modern dragonflies are tiny by comparison, but still large and spectacular enough to capture the attention of anyone walking along a river bank or just enjoying a sunny afternoon by the garden pond.
Dragonflies and Damselflies belong to the insect order know as Odonata which means "toothed jaws". They are often referred to collectively as Dragonflies, but the Dragonflies and Damselflies are actually two different and distinct groups. Below are some characteristics of each species that can help you identify them.
Information on this page has been taken, with kind permission, from a leaflet entitled 'Dragonflies and Damselflies in your garden', published by Natural England. You can download the latest version here.
Dragonflies and Damselflies
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