Friday, May 29, 2009

Damselfly: Bug 14 done!

Closely related to the Dragonfly is.... Today's Bug, the Damselfly!

This one is called a Bluet Damselfly. They like to hang out in grassy areas by the water, as I illustrated here. The males are blue, and the females are can be brown, greenish brown, or blue as well.

So what's the difference between a Damselfly and a Dragonfly? Are they the same?
There are many differences, but one of the main differences is that Dragonflies do not have the same hinges on their wings as Damselflies and therefore cannot put their wings together when at rest, as Damselflies do. Damselflies cannot fly as quickly as Dragonflies. Damselflies' eyes are located closer to the sides of its head, whereas a Dragonfly's eyes are more toward the front of his face.


Doris Sturm said...

That's interesting! I like learning new things. You know what people call the Damselfy here where I live in Georgia? Another name they call it is "pin bug" only I don't like to use that name. It has no glamour or elegance like Damselfly does.

Samantha G said...

That's like the Roly Poly has a million names too :) Pill Bug doesn't sound nearly as cute as Roly Poly or Potato bug though! :)