Nature Trail Trivia: Dragonflies and Damselflies

By Diane Chase

Can you name one difference between a damselfly and a dragonfly?

Here are two insects that adults and kids can meet walking an Adirondack nature trail or canoeing on a pond.

It's all in a name! Dragonflies will actually eat Damselflies if given the chance. It is easy to remember if any fairy tales come to mind where the dragons capture the damsel (another word for young girl)

Dragonfly at rest

Another difference is that when a dragonfly lands with its wings spread out while the damselfly rests with wings tucked in like a bird.

Damselfly at rest


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