Bugs a.k.a. Insects a.k.a. Hexapods

Damselflies and Dragonflies - July 2010

Dragonflies and Damselflies are insects that belong to the Order Odonata. All odanatas are voracious omnivores. They eat insects, such as mosquitoes, as well as an occasional fish or mammal. Dragonflies are generally larger than Damselflies and are usually stronger fliers. Dragonfly wings are fixed; Damselfly wings fold back. Dragonfly eyes meet or nearly meet on the forehead; Damselfly eyes are widely separate. Got that? Check out the pictures below to see the differences.

Damselflies

bugs Picture taken at Willoway Brook in the Morton Arboretum.
bugs Picture taken at Peck Farm in Geneva, IL.

Dragonflies

bugs Halloween Pennant. Picture taken at Crabapple Lake in the Morton Arboretum.
bugs Halloween Pennant. Picture taken at Crabapple Lake in the Morton Arboretum.
bugs Blue Dasher. Picture taken at Crabapple Lake in the Morton Arboretum.
bugs Four Spotted Skimmer?? Picture taken at the Schulenburg Prairie in the Morton Arboretum.
bugs Widow Skimmer. Picture taken at the Schulenburg Prairie in the Morton Arboretum.