Damselfly is an aquatic insect. Their naiads live in water. They develop through 10 to 12 immature stages (instars), depending on the species and habitat. The last immature stage crawls out of the water onto vegetation before the adult emerges. The adults emerge from water and live for a few weeks to a few months. Mating is unusual: males deposit sperm in a secondary genitalia structure on the second and third abdominal segment by bending the abdomen forward. The male then clasps the female behind the head with claspers on the tip of his abdomen and mating pairs can be seen flying in tandem. The female then loops her abdomen forward and picks up the sperm from the male. Eggs are deposited in emergent plants or floating vegetation or directly into the water.
Adult damselfly (Turquois Bluet damselfly – Enallagma divagans) under microscope
This damselfly appears to be a female. There are two spikes on the anal appendges but it seems to be too short to hold the female for mating. The second segment of the abdomen does not have the structure for dispensing the sperms.
Damselfly are closely related to anothe aquatic insects, dragonfly. The damselfly has:
- long and slender body
- eyes are clearly separated
- all wings are in similar shape and size
- when rest the wings are held close and upright on the top of the abdomen
- The naiad are also slender and breath through gills
- usually stocky
- eyes are touched and on the top of the head
- Dissimilar wing pairs
- when rest, the wing held open, horizontally or downward
- The naiad has stock body and breath through rectal tracheal gill
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