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Dragonflies and Damselflies - West Yorkshire


Difference between a Dragonfly and a Damselfly:
A Dragonfly is generally larger, its flight is less jerky than a damselfly. When resting the dragonfly usually has its wings 90 degree to its body, the damselfly usually has them folded back along its body.

Both species use their long legs to capture insects when flying, their legs are so long that they are unable to walk on the horizontal.

Dragonflies feed on insects which they catch while flying with their forelegs extended out.
They belong to the group Hawkers - Dragonflies that restlessly patrol their territory in search of prey. Other category is the Darters which have thicker body and will spend time resting on vegetation.

Life cycle
After the Dragonflies have mated they fly off often both joined together, the female pushes her abdomen into the water and inserts the eggs amongst vegetation. The eggs hatch into nymphs which spend two - four years in the water feeding on tadpoles and other prey. In early summer the grown nymph leaves the water usually early evening and clings to foliage, it sheds its skin and emerges as a winged adult dragonfly.
Dragonfly emergence


Dragonflies

Name: Banded Demoiselle Banded Demoiselle
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Damselfly - Azure female Damselfly - Azure female
Month: July
Location: Haworth Penistone


Name: Damselfly - Azure male Damselfly - Azure male
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Damselfly - Blue-tailed female Damselfly - Blue-tailed female
Month: June
Location: Haworth


Name: Damselfly - Common Blue male Damselfly - Common Blue male
Month: July
Location: Haworth Penistone

Name: Damselfly - Emerald female Damselfly - Emerald female
Month: July
Location: Penistone hill, Haworth


Name: Damselfly - Emerald male Damselfly - Emerald male
Month: August
Location: Penistone hill, Haworth

Name: Damselfly - Large Red female Damselfly - Large Red female
Month: June
Location: Haworth


Name: Damselfly - Large Red male Damselfly - Large Red male
Month: June
Location: Haworth

Name: Damselfly life cycle 1 - Mating Damselfly life cycle 1 - Mating
Month: July
Location: Haworth


Name: Damselfly life cycle 2 - Mating Damselfly life cycle 2 - Mating
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Damselfly life cycle 3 - Oviposting Damselfly life cycle 3 - Oviposting
Month: July
Location: Haworth


Name: Damselfly life cycle 4 - Nymph Damselfly life cycle 4 - Nymph
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Damselfly life cycle 5 - Leaving the water Damselfly life cycle 5 - Leaving the water
Month: July
Location: Haworth


Name: Damselfly life cycle 6 - Emerging from exuvia Damselfly life cycle 6 - Emerging from exuvia
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Damselfly life cycle 7 - Exuvia Damselfly life cycle 7 - Exuvia
Month: July
Location: Haworth


Name: Damselfly life cycle 8 - Wings lengthen Damselfly life cycle 8 - Wings lengthen
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Damselfly life cycle 9 - Emergence complete Damselfly life cycle 9 - Emergence complete
Month: July
Location: Haworth


Name: Dragonfly - Black Darter - female Dragonfly - Black Darter - female
Month: July
Location: Haworth Penistone

Name: Dragonfly - Black Darter - male Dragonfly - Black Darter - male
Month: August
Location: Haworth Penistone


Name: Dragonfly - Common Darter, female Dragonfly - Common Darter, female
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Dragonfly - Common Darter, male Dragonfly - Common Darter, male
Month: August
Location: Penistone hill, Haworth


Name: Dragonfly - Common Hawker, female Dragonfly - Common Hawker, female
Month: July
Location: Penistone hill, Haworth

Name: Dragonfly - Common Hawker, male Dragonfly - Common Hawker, male
Month: August
Location: Haworth Penistone


Name: Dragonfly - Common Hawker, mating Dragonfly - Common Hawker, mating
Month: July
Location: Haworth Penistone

Name: Dragonfly - Common Hawker, mating Dragonfly - Common Hawker, mating
Month: July
Location: Penistone hill, Haworth


Name: Dragonfly - Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly - Four-spotted Chaser
Month: June
Location: Haworth Penistone

Name: Dragonfly Broad-bodied Chaser, female Dragonfly Broad-bodied Chaser, female
Month: July
Location: Penistone hill, Haworth


Name: Dragonfly Broad-bodied Chaser, male Dragonfly Broad-bodied Chaser, male
Month: July
Location: Penistone hill, Haworth

Name: Dragonfly Brown Hawker Dragonfly Brown Hawker
Month: July
Location: Haworth - Tim Lane area


Name: Dragonfly Emperor - female Dragonfly Emperor - female
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Dragonfly Emperor - male Dragonfly Emperor - male
Month: July
Location: Haworth


Name: Dragonfly exuvia 1 Dragonfly exuvia 1
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Dragonfly exuvia 2 Dragonfly exuvia 2
Month: July
Location: Haworth


Name: Dragonfly flying 1 Dragonfly flying 1
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Dragonfly flying 2 Dragonfly flying 2
Month: July
Location: Haworth


Name: Dragonfly flying 3 Dragonfly flying 3
Month: July
Location: Haworth

Name: Dragonfly flying 4, animation sequence Dragonfly flying 4,  animation sequence
Month: July
Location: Haworth


Name: Dragonfly flying 5 Dragonfly flying 5
Month: July
Location: Penistone hill, Haworth

Name: Dragonfly flying 6 Dragonfly flying 6
Month: July
Location: Penistone hill, Haworth


Name: Dragonfly flying 7 Dragonfly flying 7
Month: July
Location: Penistone hill, Haworth

Name: Dragonfly nymph Dragonfly nymph
Month: July
Location: Haworth



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