Damselflies - Sub Order Zyygoptera

Damselflies are small and have thin bodies, have weak fluttery flight and generally hold their wings over their backs. Both sets of wings are similar in shape and they eyes are always separate.

See identification pages for more information.

DEMOISELLES - Family Calopterygidae

There are two species of this family in Great Britain. They are large damselflies with metallic blue or green bodies. Males have characheristic blue pigmented wings. Both species are found in Dorset. 

 

EMERALD DAMSELFLIES - Family Lestidae

These are medium sized damselflies with metallic green bodies. They rest with their wings have half open at 45 degrees. Two species are resident in Great Britain, one of which occurs in Dorset.

 
 

WHITE LEGGED DAMSELFLIES - Family Platycnemididae

Medium sized damselflies with characteristic broad white legs. Restricted to slow flowing clean rivers. One resident species in Great Britain and Dorset.

 
 

RED DAMSELFLIES AND BLUE DAMSELFLIES - Family Coenagrionidae

The largest family of Damselflies with 12 Species regularly occurring in Great Britain, of which 10 are found in Dorset. Small to medium damselflies which are grouped into three types; red (2 species) blue (4 species) or black with blue ‘tails’ (4 species) occur in a full range of habitats.

RED  DAMSELFLIES

 

BLUE DAMSELFLIES

BLUE-TAILED DAMSELFLIES

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