This close up image of the nationally scarce Small Red Damselfly shows the body and leg parts which have been labelled for your information.
The description of each body part can be found within the glossary of terms set out below.

More Damselfly Topography

By Chris Brooks


Glossary of Terms

Compound Eye - The damselflies eyes are made up of many thousands of lenses.

Claw - Used for clinging on to available perches.

Antehumeral Region - The upper surface of the thorax. Many species have coloured stripes in this region which are an aid to species identification. However the Small Red Damselfly lacks these features.

Abdominal Segments - The abdomen is divided into clear segments which are also an aid to species identification. A segment may contain areas of unique marking or colour.

Antennae - Sensory organs on the top of the damselflies head.

Coxa - The equivalent to the human hip joint.

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