Dragonfly or Damselfly? It’s all in the Details!

Dragonfly or Damselfly? It’s all in the details!

I love photographing dragonflies. Their delicate beauty attracts me, and they pose so well for the camera. They flutter by and then nicely perch on a branch or leaf awaiting their moment to ‘say cheese.’

While perusing my many ‘dragonfly’ photos, I started to notice slight differences in their appearance. After some research, I learned that all brightly colored, bug-eyed, skinny flying insects aren’t dragonflies…some are damselflies…and the difference is in the details.

Dragonflies have eyes that touch, stocky bodies, and dissimilar front and back wing pairs. When at rest, as in the picture below, their wings are open, horizontal, and downward.

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Damselflies have eyes that are separated, their bodies are long and slender, and their wings are similar in size. When damselflies are at rest, as in the picture below, their wings are held close together and perched straight above their abdomen.

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Check out the site below for more information on dragonflies and damselflies.

http://insects.about.com/od/identifyaninsect/a/dragonordamsel.htm

 

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2 thoughts on “Dragonfly or Damselfly? It’s all in the Details!

  1. Pingback: Details (Tapestry) | What's (in) the picture?

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