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Narrow-Winged Damselflies

Coenagrionidae

Narrow-Winged Damselflies, Pond Damselflies

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A blue damsel fly belonging to the family known as Coenagrionidae
Coenagrionidae is the largest damselfly family of damselflies holding many common genera and species. It amounts to over 1,300 species. They'll eat small flying insects as adults, making them beneficial to gardens. They spend most of their lives underwater when young nymphs so require ponds, lakes, rivers or streams to complete their life cycle.
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Traits

Excellent garden predators.

Appearance

Adults: These insects are typically narrow-bodied, the wings delicately veined and transparent. At rest, they hold their wings vertically together, in contrast, dragonflies. They come in an array of colours, including green, blue, yellow, orange, or purple. The abdomen normally incorporates some black patterning or banding.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Odonata

Family

Coenagrionidae

Metamorphosis

Incomplete

Distribution

Worldwide

Biological treatment

These insects tend not to spend much time in gardens unless there's a slow-moving water body nearby. Likewise, they're voracious predators of other insects, providing biocontrol for some nuisance pests.
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