Dragonflies & Damselflies – Odonata Pictures & Bio

Odonata means tooth. Apart from jet propulsion, the aquatic nymph often possess an extendable jaw capable of catching prey some distance away from the rest of the head.

Adult dragonflies and damselflies mate and catch their insect prey in mid flight. Odonata groups include dragonflies, darners, skimmers, narrow-winged damselflies and broad-winged damselflies.

Narrow-Winged Damselfly

Damselflies are related to Dragonflies and have excellent vision aided by their large multifaceted compound eyes. Read More

Broad-Winged Damselfly

This damselfly’s wing, clearly shows the elaborate and delicate golden venation that forms a sound structural skeleton for the flight membrane. Read More

Green Darner Dragonfly

Dragonflies spend considerable time in flight and are aggressive insectivores with large transparent membranous wings and huge compound eyes. Read More

Red Skimmer (Crocothemis chinensis)

This vibrant Red Skimmer Dragonfly from Kauai was found patrolling the banks of a pond and habitually landed on it’s favorite vantage point. Read More

Naiad Dragonfly

Dragonflies and damselflies have aquatic immature stages called naiads. They serve as important indicator species for the health of the ecosystem. Read More

Green Darner Head (Anax strenuus)

Green Darner Head (Anax strenuus)

This close-up image reveals the beautiful compound eyes of the Hawaiian native Green Darner photographed from the mountains of Kauai.