AskDefine | Define damselflies

Extensive Definition

The Damselfly (Suborder Zygoptera) is an insect in the Order Odonata. Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most damselflies are held along the body when at rest. Furthermore, the hindwing of the damselfly is essentially similar to the forewing, while the hindwing of the dragonfly broadens near the base, caudal to the connecting point at the body. Damselflies are also usually smaller, weaker fliers than dragonflies, and their eyes are separated.


Ebony Jewelwing Calopteryx maculata
Mating Damselflies

See also

  • Pelecinus a genus of wasp with a similar build to a damselfly.
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