Dragonflies & Damselflies
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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….
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.
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
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