Identification of Dragonflies
Dragonflies can be distinguished from damselflies by several fairly constant differences:
- At rest, dragonflies hold their wings out flat, whilst damselflies fold them along the abdomen
- The two pairs of wings are similar in damselflies, but in dragonflies, the hind pair is usually shorter and broader
- Dragonflies have large eyes which usually meet on the top of the head, damselflies' eyes are widely separated
- Most dragonflies are larger than damselflies, whilst damselflies often look more 'dainty'
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