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Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata)

(Odonata) Dragonflies and Damselflies

Odonata is an order of carnivorous insects, encompassing the dragonflies (Anisoptera) and the damselflies (Zygoptera). The Odonata form a clade, which has existed since the Triassic.

Dragonflies are generally larger, and perch with their wings held out to the sides; damselflies have slender bodies, and hold their wings over the body at rest.

Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Division: Palaeoptera
Superorder: Odonatoptera
(unranked): Holodonata
Order: Odonata


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