The damselfly is found worldwide except Antarctica. There are almost 5000 species in the world. It is one of the insects that start with alphabet D. Below are the fast facts.

  • Type: Insect
  • Scientific name: Zygoptera
  • Higher Classification: Odonate
  • Conservation Status: Least concern
  • Wing span: 20 mm to 19 cm; depending on specie
  • Length: 1.5 cm to 15 cm; depending on specie
  • Number of eggs laid: Hundreds to thousands; depending on location
  • Incubation Period: 5 days to several months; depending on water temperature
  • Average life span: Few weeks to few months
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Preys: Small insects, diptera
  • Predators: Birds, lizards, frogs, spiders, fish
  • Habitat: Rivers, lakes, streams, ponds


It is similar to dragonfly but smaller in size. This insect has no pupal stage in its development. Fossils tell that this insect is living on earth for at least 250 million years.

Detailed information can be found from UCMP and WikiPedia