Definition of damselfly in English:


nounPlural damselflies

  • A slender insect related to the dragonflies, typically resting with the wings folded back along the body.

    Suborder Zygoptera, order Odonata: several families. See also agrion

    • ‘Swimming is an effective evasive tactic against dragonflies, which can move at similar speeds compared to damselflies, but not against fish, which can move at much greater speeds than damselflies.’
    • ‘The reserve is already home to several species of dragonfly, damselflies and is used by wading birds, all of which are expected to benefit from the new pond.’
    • ‘A blue damselfly lurked, wings swept back, then flashed out to hawk the beck.’
    • ‘In addition, the park is buzzing with insect life and is regionally important for the high numbers of dragonflies and damselflies.’
    • ‘She pointed out damselfly larva, water beetles, tadpoles, backswimmers, dragon fly larva and snails as they circled around in our tiny sample of the marsh.’
    • ‘In the Japanese damselfly, Mnais costalis, there is a high degree of female monopolization and females often oviposit on territories in tight aggregated clumps.’
    • ‘Zimmerman noted the habit of the damselfly Ischnura aurora to fly straight up and out of sight immediately after hatching as a likely reason for the wide distribution of the species across Oceania.’
    • ‘Once home to 26 species of native damselflies, Hawaii's islands have lost many of these bejeweled creatures to the mosquito fish, introduced in 1905 to eat mosquito larvae.’
    • ‘Five species of the damselfly genus Lestes live in British Columbia, Canada, and of these, Lestes forcipatus Rambur and L. disjunctus Selys are the most similar and most difficult to separate morphologically.’
    • ‘The Odonata, the order to which damselflies and dragonflies belong, play a very important ecological and economic role for human beings.’
    • ‘The wing bases tend to be very slender, as in damselflies (Odonata, Zygoptera).’
    • ‘Disguises used by female damselflies to avoid unwanted sexual advances can cause males to seek out their own sex, a new study suggests.’
    • ‘Dragonflies and damselflies begin their lives as nymphs, living underwater for a year of more.’
    • ‘A grasshopper materialized, then several hornets, two shiny black wasps, a drab brown damselfly, and a large azure-blue dragonfly.’
    • ‘The park was transformed from wasteland in 1997 and is home to a fascinating array of wildlife including frogs, toads, newts, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and birds.’
    • ‘Longhorn leaf beetles do not have gills and therefore cannot extract oxygen directly from the water, as damselfly and dragonfly larvae do.’
    • ‘Cascade damselflies are found only at a few isolated waterfalls in Costa Rica and Panama and display an extraordinary ability to fly through powerful cascades, seen on film for the first time.’
    • ‘It is also hoped that the wet grasslands and shallow riverside verges will benefit water voles, dragon and damselflies, frogs and toads and different types of newts.’
    • ‘The two other lestinoid damselflies are recent ‘derived’ Lestidae.’
    • ‘Female species of dragonflies and damselflies will allow males to mate with them only when they see that he has a suitable egg-laying territory.’