Collectively, dragonflies and damselflies belong to the group (or Order) of insects known as Odonata, divided into two distinct groups or sub-orders; Anisoptera (true dragonflies) and Zygoptera (damselflies).
Key information about dragonflies:
- Typically dragonflies are larger and more robust than damselflies, and have a faster and more powerful flight.
- Dragonflies have large eyes that usually meet at the top of the head.
- Dragonflies have dissimilar sized pairs of wings – Anisoptera means ‘unequal wings’.
- Dragonflies generally rest with their wings spread open.
14 species of dragonfly can be found in Bedfordshire: