Damselflies & Dragonflies

Damselflies and dragonflies are both members of the same family. 

Both dragonflies and damselflies are carnivorous predators that feed on other insects, including mosquitoes, flies, midges and other small insects.  As such, they help to keep the populations of these insects under control.

How do you tell them apart:

  • Damselflies are smaller than dragonflies. 
  • Damselflies have wings closed at rest; their eyes do not touch at top of the head.
  • Dragonflies have wings open at rest; their eyes touch at the top of the head.

Photographs on this web page were taken in Wollaton Park and are reproduced with the original artist’s permission.  Copyright © for each picture remains with the original artist, who is duly acknowledged for their contribution.

On this page:  Maurice Moore, Gary Thrall (Common Hawker), Botanic Garden.