Dragonflies have been on the planet for millions of years, having seen dinosaurs come and go, the various ages of mankind, ice ages, and giant meteor strikes. Dragonflies have succeeded where other species have failed and their adaptability and skill as predators has kept them just as successful now as they were when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
They do not bite. They do not sting. In fact they are completely harmless to humans. They are also more common than you might think. There are over 40 species in this country and this is a simple guide to 19 species that have been sighted in the Forest in recent years. How many can you find?
Damselflies are small with thinner bodies than dragonflies. Their wings usually held backwards when resting and their eyes do not meet on the head.
Dragonflies are usually larger insects with their wings set to the sides when resting. In comparison to damselflies, their eyes usually meet on the head.