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OTW: ~Finally a Dragonfly…. or not~

All summer, I have been searching for a Dragonfly to photograph. Last Sunday I spotted this little guy, feeding on an Apple tree, in my yard.

Damselfly (Lestidae Speedwing)
Damselfly (Lestidae Speedwing)

However, not a Dragonfly, instead a Damselfly!

Damselfly (Lestidae Speedwing)
Damselfly (Lestidae Speedwing)

Based on photos, I have researched on the Web, I think it is a Lestidae  Speedwing Damselfly.

Damselflies (Lestidae Speedwing)
Damselflies (Lestidae Speedwing)

You ask!

What’s the difference between Dragonfly and Damselfly?

– Both dragonflies and damselflies evolved before 300 million years, and are living fossils and have carnivorous food habits.

 

– Dragonflies are slightly larger, and have abdomens that are sturdy and short. But, damselflies are little smaller, and the abdomens are long and slender.

 

– Dragonflies keep their wings directed downwards or horizontally positioned, whereas damselflies keep them closed and upwards.

 

– Additionally, the two pairs of wings in dragonflies are dissimilar, while those of damselflies are similar.

 

– Eyes are closely located in dragonfly, while those are apart from each other in damselflies.

Damselfly (Lestidae Speedwing)
Damselfly (Lestidae Speedwing)

Read more: http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-dragonfly-and-vs-damselfly/#ixzz2edYjZaIx

I took these photos on September 8, 2013. Click on an image for greater clarity.