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National Insect Week returns in 2020

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)

    © Roger Key Banded demoiselle ( Calopteryx splendens ) 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)

    © Liz Pearson, (Florida, USA) My annoying housemate, Commended in the 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category 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...

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Best camouflaged

Cramp-ball weevils look like bird poo, moths pretend to be lichen, caterpillars disguise as twigs with last year’s bud scars…

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