Name: Dragonflies and Damselflies
Native to: There are about 50 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Alberta.
Date Seen: 2012 to 2016
Notes: Both are long, narrow insects that are brightly coloured. They have small antennae, large eyes, and six legs located near their head. Two pairs of wings comprised of small criss-crossing veins add strength and durability.
Damselflies are small and slender with large separated eyes. Their two pairs of wings are of equal size. They hold their wings over their back when at rest.
Dragonflies are generally larger, and their eyes can be either separated or placed close together. Their hind wings are wider than their front wings. When at rest, they hold their wings outright. Dragonflies live on every continent except Antarctica and about 3012 species of dragonflies were known in 2010.
Have I ever learned a lot about dragonflies since I started writing this post! The first thing I realized was that I had photos of both dragonflies and damselflies! The second thing I learned is that it would take a whole lot more time to figure out what family, let alone species, each of these photos represents.
Here is an excellent YouTube video about Dragonflies.