Damselfly illustration

The damselfly is closely related to the dragonfly. The damselfly nymph is much slimmer than the dragonfly nymph; in fact it looks a lot like a mayfly nymph. The nymph has three platelike tails (which are really gills) at the tip of its abdomen. Be careful because these break off easily. The nymph likes to feed on any aquatic animal it can overcome. Damselflies can be found in ponds, streams and rivers. The adult cannot fly as fast as the dragonfly, but it is more graceful. When it rests on a handy leaf, stick or rock, it folds its wings over its back. The adult feeds on flying insects and loves to be out on sunny days.