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Dragonflies and Damselflies (Class Insecta, Order Odonata)
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Odonata

General: The Dragonflies and Damselflies (Order Odonata) are a diverse group of flying creatures found in the deserts and mountains around Las Vegas. Odonates are recognized by their long, thin body; long, thin wings, and habit of flying rapidly and sweeping over water and damp vegetation. There are some good places for Watching Dragonflies Around Las Vegas.

These creatures are predators on other insects, consuming and reducing the population of harmful insects. As such, they are valued guests in gardens and farm fields.

There are 2 extant suborders, and several families in North America.

dragonfly Dragonflies. The wings of dragonflies are broad near the base, and dragonflies usually rest with the wings held out to the side of the body.
damselfly Damselfly. The wings of damselflies are narrow near the base, and damselflies usually rest with the wings held together over or along the body.

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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