Distribution : Worldwide
Size : 16 – 75 mm ( ½ – 3 In )
Damselflies are very similar to dragonflies, but unlike their larger relatives, they are able to fold their wings along their backs when at rest. Their bodies are also far more slender and their flight is much weaker. Where dragonflies have a large eyes that more or less cover the entire head of insect, those of the damselfly are much smaller and usually have a gap between them. Where the hindwing of the dragonfly is typically a different shape to that of its forewing, both those of the damselfly are very similar. Although ponds and lakes are the most common places for them to spend their juvenile stage, in rainforest areas, females damselflies often find other locations to lay their eggs. These may be in water-filled plants, or in holes high in tree branches. Often these are teeming with insect larvae and so the young damselflies are assured an easy food supply.