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.

Narrow-Winged Damselfly
Damselflies are related to Dragonflies and have excellent vision aided by their large multifaceted compound eyes.
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.
Green Darner Dragonfly
Dragonflies spend considerable time in flight and are aggressive insectivores with large transparent membranous wings and huge compound eyes.
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.
Naiad Dragonfly
Dragonflies and damselflies have aquatic immature stages called naiads. They serve as important indicator species for the health of the ecosystem.
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.
Red Skimmer Eyes (Crocothemis chinensis)
Most insects have a pair of compound eyes and a varying number of small simple eyes called ocelli.