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Damselflies and Dragonflies, Dramatic Colorful and Inspiring

Updated on February 4, 2015

Damselflies and Dragonflies : Amazing Flying Cousins

Dragonflies and damselflies are small, but spectacular, flying creatures. Like mini-helicopters, they shoot by in a blaze of color. Although they are often found near water, I have also seen them a good distance away. Not a problem for them because they are such strong fliers.

Creatures with such a colorful and dramatic appearance are bound to inspire. On this page, you will find stunning gifts ranging from delicate jewelry to exciting kites. I hope it helps you find that extra special gift you are looking for!

For the curious, I also give you some information about dragonflies and damselflies, including how to tell them apart.

The suberb photo shows an Aeshna juncea dragonfly hovering over a pond. It was taken in the Pyrenees by Jens Buurgaard Nielsen

Clouds of insects danced and buzzed in the golden autumn light, and the air was full of the piping of the song-birds. Long, glinting dragonflies shot across the path, or hung tremulous with gauzy wings and gleaming bodies.

— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Flying Cousins

Dragonflies and damselflies are closely related. The very slender critters are damselflies, the chunkier ones are dragonflies.

On this page, I show you some tips for identifying them.

The Dragonfly - - hints for identifying

This stunning photo was taken by Andre Karwath aka

Dragonflies are related to damselflies, but only as closely as we are to the apes and monkeys. Both types of insects belong to the order Odonata and share some characteristics, including large eyes, long bodies, membranous wings, and small antennae.

If you are interested In identifying the creature that just cruised by, it is useful to know whether it is a dragonfly or a damselfly. There are some obvious differences, such as eye position, body shape, wings, and resting position that will help. Most dragonflies have eyes that touch, or almost touch, at the top of their head. They usually have stocky bodies, and hold their wings out horizontally, or hanging down a little, when they are at rest. The two pairs of wings are not identical - the hind wings are broader at the base.

If like me, you are UK based and would like to see Dragonfly Jewelry available in the UK. You will find some beautiful Dragonfly Pendants here.

Beautiful Dragonfly & Damselfly Jewelry

Dragonflies and damselflies are so stunning and beautiful, it's easy to see why they inspire jewelry-makers around the world! Which of these pieces is your favorite?

10k White-Gold Dragonfly Pink Sapphire and Diamond Pendant Necklace (0.09 cttw, I-J Color, I3 Clarity), 18"
10k White-Gold Dragonfly Pink Sapphire and Diamond Pendant Necklace (0.09 cttw, I-J Color, I3 Clarity), 18"

Beautiful white gold dragonfly, with pink sapphire body and diamond encrusted wings.

 
Alilang Strike Emerald Synthetic Fuchsia Crystal Rhinestone Damselfly Dragonfly Pin Fashion Brooch
Alilang Strike Emerald Synthetic Fuchsia Crystal Rhinestone Damselfly Dragonfly Pin Fashion Brooch

Stunning multicolored damselfly brooch with silver legs and siam red eyes. The wings and body are inlaid with rose, topaz, emerald, and sapphire colored crystals.

 

The Damselfly - - hints for identifying

Damselfly, Osaka, Japan - beautiful photo released into the Public Domain, by its author Laitche

The eyes of damselflies are clearly separated, and positioned at the sides of the head. They tend to have longer, slimmer bodies than the dragonflies. The two paid of wings are similar in shape, and are usually held closed, along the abdomen, when the damselfly is at rest.

Lunch at The Ritz 2GO Dwarf Dragonfly Earrings
Lunch at The Ritz 2GO Dwarf Dragonfly Earrings

Very cute gold-plated dragonfly earrings, with green enamel body, blue eyes and white wings.

 

Dragonflies in Flight

Years ago, when I was a research biologist, I worked on insect flight. Our group worked on bees, but I always had a sneaking desire to study the flight of dragonflies. They are strong fliers, amazingly fast and manoeuvrable.

Galleria Tiffany Dragonfly Auto Stick Umbrella (Tiffany Dragonfly)
Galleria Tiffany Dragonfly Auto Stick Umbrella (Tiffany Dragonfly)

Beautiful dragonfly pattern umbrella with wooden one-piece shaft and unbreakable fiberglass ribs.

 

Dragonfly Kites

As dragonflies are such superb fliers, they also make really cool kites!

George Peters' Dragonfly Kite - Arctic
George Peters' Dragonfly Kite - Arctic

Designed by George Peters, this kite has wings that flutter. It can fly in winds from 5 to 15mph, with a stable, hovering flight. Folds into a 13" x 45" case for easy transport.

 

Damselflies on YouTube

A selection of films about the life cycle of the Damselfly.

Further Reading On Insects

Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders
Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders

Suitable for children aged 7 to 10 years, this book gives a detailed introduction to insects and spiders. It contains thought-provoking facts, and many pictures and photos.

 
Tiffany Dragonfly Tote Bag
Tiffany Dragonfly Tote Bag

Beautiful and durable tote bag, with dragonfly print on one side. The other side and the interior lining are black. The bag measures 19.5 inches by 14.5 inches, and is 6" wide. Zip closure for top, and inside pockets for phone and purse.

 

Are you a fan of dragonflies and damselflies?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Very interesting. I didn't know how to tell the difference between Damselflies and Dragonflies and now I do. Thanks. Beautiful products, too.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Dragonflies are like jewels on the wing and this is an awesome page. Well done!

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Aren't they beautiful creatures? And the jewellery is exquisite, I want some earrings

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      These are certainly fascinating critters. The wings are especially beautiful.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      They are beautiful. Nice page.

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      SecondSally 4 years ago

      I love watching them fly around.

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      PepperAnnMeadows 4 years ago

      In my 50 years, I have never heard of damselflies. I guess it just goes to show you're never too old to learn. Nice lens, great photos. Thanks for sharing.

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      supablue23 4 years ago

      Love the lens, great photos, love seeing damsels when i'm fishing.

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      traveller27 4 years ago

      Beautiful photographs!

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      EMangl 4 years ago

      they are fascinating creations - i like to chase them, wish i could find them more often

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Indeed a fan. Love watching them flying around. Thanks for sharing.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting. They are beautiful, aren't they

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Excellent do you have any photos of them on the web?

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      @sheezie77: Thank you sheezie77!

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      @sarasentor lm: Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I am a fan of dragonflies and damselflies and you have my eyes smiling right now with your presentation, how delightful!

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      Reading Books a 5 years ago

      It's dragonflies for me :)

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I have been referring to damselflies as dragonflies! I didn't know the difference until now. ~blessed~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well I am now! I never heard of damselflies - beautiful creatures!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I enjoy photographing and being in the presence of both dragonflies and damselflies.

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