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.