A Visual Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of South Africa
© John Wilkinson & Rob Dickinson
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•  Damselflies are usually slender and their flight weak
•  Damselflies' fore and hind wings are usually equally sized
•  Damselflies usually perch with their wings folded in together
•  Damselflies' eyes are usually spaced well apart
•  Dragonflies are usually large, robust and their flight fast
•  Dragonflies' fore and hind wings are usually unequal in size
•  Dragonflies usually perch with their wings outstretched
•  Dragonflies' eyes usually join midline or are very close together
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DEMOISELLES (Calopterygidae)
EMPERORS, HAWKERS (Aeshnidae)
JEWELS (Chlorocyphidae)
EMERALDS (Corduliidae)
MALACHITES (Synlestidae)
CLUBTAILS (Gomphidae)
SPREADWINGS  (Lestidae)
PRESBAS (Family uncertain)
THREADTAILS, RIVERJACKS (Platycnemididae)
CRUISERS (Macromiidae)
CITRILS, SPRITES, etc (Coenagrionidae)
SKIMMERS, DROPWINGS, etc (Libellulidae)
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