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National Insect Week returns in 2018

Dragonflies & damselflies

ORDER: ODONATA

(Ancient Greek - odontos = tooth)

Acrobatic aerial predators, and very large, grasping "raptorial" jaws to capture prey

Insects in this order

  • Banded Demoiselle (Damselfly)

    Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but hold their wings vertically above their body when at rest. Adults of damselflies and dragonflies are found near freshwater and all species have large eyes.
  • Four spotted chaser (Dragonfly)

    Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but hold their wings horizontally at right-angles to their body when at rest. Adults of dragonflies and damselflies have large eyes and are usually found near freshwater, though dragonflies are strong fliers and are sometimes found some distance from water.

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The Lundy cabbage flea beetle is endemic to Lundy island, UK, living only on one strip of habitat.

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