AskDefine | Define damselfly

Dictionary Definition

damselfly n : slender non-stinging insect similar to but smaller than the dragonfly but having wings folded when at rest

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  1. Any of various insects of the suborder Zygoptera that have long slender bodies, and are similar to dragonflies but having wings folded when at rest.


Extensive Definition

The Damselfly (Suborder Zygoptera) is an insect in the Order Odonata. Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most damselflies are held along the body when at rest. Furthermore, the hindwing of the damselfly is essentially similar to the forewing, while the hindwing of the dragonfly broadens near the base, caudal to the connecting point at the body. Damselflies are also usually smaller, weaker fliers than dragonflies, and their eyes are separated.


Ebony Jewelwing Calopteryx maculata
Mating Damselflies

See also

  • Pelecinus a genus of wasp with a similar build to a damselfly.
damselfly in Czech: Motýlice
damselfly in Danish: Vandnymfer
damselfly in German: Kleinlibellen
damselfly in Spanish: Zygoptera
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damselfly in Hungarian: Egyenlő szárnyú szitakötők
damselfly in Dutch: Juffers
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damselfly in Norwegian: Vannymfer
damselfly in Polish: Ważki równoskrzydłe
damselfly in Portuguese: Zygoptera
damselfly in Finnish: Yhtäläissiipiset
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