What Dragonfly?

What Dragonfly Is It?

Dragonflies spend most of their lives underwater, living for 1-5 years as a nymph (larval stage) in ponds, lakes rivers, streams. In spring or summer the nymphs climb out of the water on a plant and then over a few hours their skin hardens, cracks open, and the adult dragonfly emerges. 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.

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 Damsefly  Red Damselfly

Red Damselfly

REd Eyed Damselfly

Red-Eyed Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly

Blue Tailed Damselfly

Blue-Tailed Damselfly

Emperor Dragonfly

Emperor Dragonfly 

Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker 

Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker

Brown Hawker

Brown Hawker

Darter  Darter

Darter

Black Tailed Skimmer B T Skimmer

Black-Tailed Skimmer

4 Spot Chaser 4 Spot Chaser 2

Four-Spotted Chaser