16 reasons why dragonflies are nature’s most incredible killing machines

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Dragon or damsel? ID tips for odophiles

Sharing the same insect order with the dragonfly, the damselfly, as its name suggests, is daintier than its bigger, more robust relative. But fans of “odonates” will best distinguish the two suborders by their wing position at rest: dragonflies hold their wings outstretched, perpendicular to the body, while most damselflies fold theirs upright over the abdomen (just to confuse matters, the exception is a group of damsels called the spread-wings). Damsels flit, lacking the powerful thrust of dragons, but they can perform all the same fancy flight moves and are decidedly non-vegetarian.

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