Order Odonata

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Order Odonata – dragonflies & damselflies

Dragonfly adult

Order Odonata – dragonflies & damselflies

Odonta means “Toothed jaws” traits of Odonta Order:

  • extremely large eyes in proportion to the head
  • long slender abdomen
  • Primitive wings that can’t be folded. Each wing can be operated independently with ability to hover, fly backyards, and take off vertically (like a helicopter)
  • Predacious.- eats insects Large chewing mandibles
  • Eggs laid in fresh water; Aquatic larvae called “naiads” have gills and molt many times. Some remain in water for up to 2 years before becoming winged adults.