Damselflies and Dragonflies, Dramatic Colorful and Inspiring
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
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?
Beautiful white gold dragonfly, with pink sapphire body and diamond encrusted wings.
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.
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.
Beautiful dragonfly pattern umbrella with wooden one-piece shaft and unbreakable fiberglass ribs.
As dragonflies are such superb fliers, they also make really cool kites!
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
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.
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.