What Dragonfly?

What Dragonfly Is It?

What dragonfly have you seen, the photos here will help you identify a few of the more common species of dragonfly and damselfly that you may spot in your school, park, garden or nearby stream/pond. Though we often refer to them all as dragonflies, the main differences  between them are that dragonflies rest with their wings open and have bigger, thicker bodies, whereas most damselflies* rest with wings alongside their body and have thin delicate bodies. (*Emerald damseflies rest with wings open). The head shape and eyes are very different too.

Dragonfly Head          Damsel Head2

Dragonflies have a round head where the eyes meet at the top. Damselfly eyes are separate on either side of the head.

Did you know? Damselflies have binocular vision and use both eyes to judge a distance. Whereas dragonflies use one eye at a time to hunt – information is processed quicker by its brain.

You can discover more about the dragonfly’s amazing lifecycle here – Emerging Dragons

If you see a dragonfly, take a photo, draw or note down the colours to see if it matches any of these. Click on the photos to enlarge

Banded Demoiselle Banded Demoiselle 2

Banded Demoiselle Male (left)  and female (right)

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Red Damselfly    Large Red Damsefly  Red Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly

REd Eyed Damselfly

Red-Eyed Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly  Common Blue Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly

Blue Tailed Damselfly

Blue-Tailed Damselfly

Emperor Dragonfly

Emperor Dragonfly 

Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker Dragonfly

Migrant Hawker  Migrant Hawker Migrant HAwker2

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

Brown Hawker

Brown Hawker Dragonfly 

Darter  Darter  Darter

Common Darter 

Black Tailed Skimmer B T Skimmer

Black-Tailed Skimmer

BB Chaser

Broad-Bodied Chaser  Has a much wider body than the similar looking black-tailed skimmer. It also has brown patches at the base of its wings.

4 Spot Chaser 4 Spot Chaser 2  4 Spot Chaser

Four-Spotted Chaser