Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies)

Odonata is one of the most most recognised of the insect groups.  Dragonflies and damselflies frequent freshwater bodies in the warmer Tasmanian months,  where they lay eggs in the water.  The eggs hatch into an aquatic larval form.  The nymphs and adults are both predatory on other invertebrates, and even tadpoles and small fish.    Neither dragonflies nor damselflies cause any harm to people.

Direct family links A-Z
Aeshnidae Austropetaliidae Coenagrionidae Corduliidae Gomphidae Lestidae Libellulidae Telephlebiidae Synthemistidae

Quick Visual Finder

Suborder Zygoptera (Damselflies)
Damselflies have a more fluttery flight pattern and widely separated eyes.  Their bodies are much thinner than the dragonflies and they rest with their wings lying along their abdomen.


Suborder Anisoptera (Dragonflies)
Dragonflies are rapid, strong flight patterns and rest with their wings perpendicular to their bodies.