Cordulegaster boltonii m - © David Kitching

Dragonfly (suborder = Anisoptera)

  • Robust body

  • Wings open at rest

  • Front wings and back wings different in shape

  • Eyes touching at top of the head (there are some exceptions)

  • Flight strong and purposeful

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly male © Fre?de?ric Barszezak

Damselfly (suborder = Zygoptera)

  • Thin, delicate body

  • Wings closed at rest (there are some exceptions)

  • Both pairs of wings are the same shape

  • Eyes not touching at top of head

  • Flight weak and fluttering