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Dragonflies & damselflies


(Ancient Greek - odontos = tooth)

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

Insects in this order

  • Banded Demoiselle (Damselfly)

    [[{"fid":"451","view_mode":"image_left","attributes":{"alt":"Banded demoiselle Calopteryx splendens","title":"Banded demoiselle Calopteryx splendens","height":"292","width":"388","class":"media-element file-image-left"},"type":"media"}]]Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but hold their wings...
  • Four spotted chaser (Dragonfly)

    [[{"fid":"452","view_mode":"image_left","attributes":{"alt":"Libellua quadrimaculata emerging","title":"Libellua quadrimaculata emerging","height":"504","width":"377","class":"media-element file-image-left"},"type":"media"}]]Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but hold their wings horizontally...

Did you know?

Most gregarious hibernators

Cluster flies and ladybirds hibernate in roof space in their thousands, in spring they leave a chemical marking a safe site.

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