Damselfly

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Skimming low over slow-moving water, such as streams, ponds, and lakes, Damselfly are found throughout North America. They have a long thin abdomen (1-2 in), large eyes, and 2 pairs of wings with a wingspan of .7 to 2.5 in.

Damselfly are smaller with slimmer bodies than Dragonfly. They hold their wings close together above their body when resting, whereas Dragonfly spread their wings apart.

Damselfly lay their eggs on aquatic plants. The nymphs live underwater, emerging as adults throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Did you know? Damselfly catch insects by extending a long hinged lower lip. They hold the prey between their legs so that they can eat while flying.

See Also: Dragonfly, Mayfly