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 Male (left) and female (right)
Common Blue Damselfly