Dragonflies and Damselflies are insects in the order Odonata. The two are very similar in appearance but on closer inspection can be differentiated by the way the wings are positioned along the body or thorax. With Damselflies the wings are positioned along and parallel to the body when at rest whereas with a Dragonfly the wings are held away from and perpendicular to the body when at rest.
The hindwing of a damselfly is similar to the fore-wing but with a dragonfly the hindwings broaden near the base and are bigger than the forewings. Other differences between damselflies and dragonflies are the positioning of the eyes. On a damselfly they are apart whereas on dragonflies the eyes touch.
The images in this category will make it all the more easy to differentiate between the two….

Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly

Calopteryx Virgo Damselfly commonly known as the Beautiful Demoiselle. A Damselfly that is fond of shady areas and normally found inhabiting woodland rivers where there is a lot of canopy cover.

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Agriocnemis rubricauda Damselfly

Agriocnemis rubricauda Damselfly more commonly known as the Redrump Whisp Damselfly. Very small damselfly at 30mm in length and closely related to the Midget Whisp or Agriocnemis pygmaea one of the smallest dragonflies at 20mm in length.

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Brachythemis Contaminata Dragonfly

Brachythemis contaminata (male) which also goes by many names such as the Asian Amberwing, Orange Skimmer, Ditch Jewel and Asian Groundling is a freshwater species of dragonfly seen here perched on an obligatory stick waiting for prey to pass by.

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Beautiful Demoiselle Headshot

Calopteryx Virgo Damselfly commonly known as the Beautiful Demoiselle. A Damselfly that is fond of shady areas and normally found inhabiting woodland rivers where there is a lot of canopy cover.

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Mangrove Dwarf Macro

Extreme macro shot of the face of Raphismia bispina Dragonfly more commonly known as the Mangrove Dwarf. As its common name suggests this dragonfly likes to dwell around mangrove areas and is one of the few dragonfly species that breeds … Read More

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Trithemis aurora wingspan

Trithemis aurora dragonfly popularly known as the Crimson Marsh Glider perched on a flower in Java, Indonesia

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Aeshna Mixta Female Dragonfly

Migrant Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna Mixta). Close-up and detailed shot of the face and incredible compound eyes as he clings to a plant stem in repose.

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Aeshna Mixta Mating Pair

Migrant Hawker dragonflies (Aeshna Mixta). Close-up and detailed shot of the pair of Migrant Hawker’s mating.

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Dragonfly Mating Macro

Female Migrant Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna Mixta) holding on tightly to the male’s abdomen which inturn grips her at the back of the head so that successful mating can proceed.

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Migrant Hawker Mating Dragonflies

Migrant Hawker dragonflies (Aeshna Mixta). Close-up and detailed shot of a pair of Migrant Hawker’s mating.

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Macro Migrant Hawker Dragonfly Face

Close-up and detailed macro shot of the face and incredible compound eyes along with wing appendages attached to the thorax of the Migrant Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna Mixta).

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Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

Migrant Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna Mixta). Close-up and detailed shot of the face and incredible compound eyes as he clings to a plant stem in repose.

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Migrant Hawker Face Detail

Migrant Hawker dragonfly (Aeshna Mixta). Close-up and detailed shot of the face and incredible compound eyes as he clings to a plant stem.

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Trithemis Aurora Dragonfly

Trithemis aurora dragonfly popularly known as the Crimson Marsh Glider perched on a plant in Sumatra, Indonesia

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Orthetrum Chrysostigma Dragonfly

The Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) resting in the sun and exaggerated by the orbs of light behind it.

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Orthetrum Luzonicum Dragonfly

The Tri-Coloured Marsh Hawk Dragonfly or Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum luzonicum) male perched on a stick and resting in the sun.

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Crimson Marsh Glider Dragonfly

Trithemis aurora dragonfly popularly known as the Crimson Marsh Glider or Crimson Dropping perched on a flower in Java, Indonesia, patiently waiting for its next meal!

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Green Marsh Hawk Dragonfly

Orthetrum Sabina Dragonfly otherwise known as the Slender Skimmer or Green Marsh Hawk, perching on a branch and resting in the sunlight.

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Orthetrum Sabina Mating Pair

Orthetrum Sabina Dragonflies commonly known as the Slender Skimmer or Green Marsh Hawk during the mating process where the male grips onto a plant stem or stick to support themselves as they mate.

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Orange Skimmer Dragonfly

Orthetrum testaceum commonly referred to as the Orange Skimmer Dragonfly is a vividly colored freshwater species which likes to hunt around wet rice paddies in Asia. This one was photographed in Central Java, Indonesia.

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Orthetrum Testaceum Dragonfly

Orthetrum testaceum commonly referred to as the Orange Skimmer Dragonfly is a vividly colored freshwater species which likes to hunt around wet rice paddies in Asia. This one was photographed in Central Java, Indonesia.

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Orthetrum Sabina Mating Dragonflies

Slender Skimmer dragonflies (Orthetrum Sabina) also commonly known as the Green Marsh Hawk observed during the mating process whereby the male grips onto a plant stem to support his self and partner as they copulate.

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Scarlet Grenadier Dragonfly

A Scarlet Grenadier (Lathrecista asiatica) Dragonfly, perching on a broken stick awaiting his prey.

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Lathrecista Asiatica Dragonfly

A Scarlet Grenadier (Lathrecista asiatica) Dragonfly, side profile shot of the male as he perches on a broken stick awaiting his prey.

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Raphismia Bispina Dragonfly

Extreme macro shot of the face of Raphismia bispina Dragonfly more commonly known as the Mangrove Dwarf. As its common name suggests this dragonfly likes to dwell around mangrove areas and is one of the few dragonfly species that breeds … Read More

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Mangrove Dwarf Dragonfly

Raphismia bispina Dragonfly more otherwise known as the Mangrove Dwarf. As its common name suggests this dragonfly likes to dwell around mangrove areas and is one of the few dragonfly species that breeds in the mangrove’s saline waters. An uncommon … Read More

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Scarlet Basker Urothemis Signata

Urothemis signata Dragonfly commonly known as the Scarlet Basker or Greater Crimson Glider perches on top of a small flower whilst observing its surroundings.

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Urothemis signata dragonfly

Urothemis signata dragonfly commonly known as the Greater Crimson Glider perches on top of a small flower whilst observing its surroundings.

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Orthetrum Serapia Macro

Macro headshot of the Orthetrum Serapia Dragonfly otherwise known as the Green Skimmer in Sumatra, Indonesia

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Orthetrum Serapia Close-Up

Close-up macro shot of Orthetrum serapia Dragonfly otherwise known as the Green Skimmer in repose on a plant stem in Sumatra, Indonesia

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