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DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES (ODONATA)
Dragonflies and damselflies are important animals associated with permanent and ephemeral bodies of water, such as rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, swamps, and marshes. They are aesthetic and seemingly magical creatures that come in a wide range of colours. Their bejeweled wings, large compound eyes, and speed and aerial behaviours are characteristic. Their larvae, developing underwater, are also valuable bioindicators of water health. There are around 50 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Lebanon, many of them endemic and threatened. Some species are also migratory, probably triggered by droughts and other environmental stimuli. They might be seen darting around, basking in the sun, wing whirring to generate heat, or obelisking to cool off. However, with pollution piling up, local water resources drying up, and global warming taking its toll, the conservation of these animals becomes the more urgent.
Please click on each dragonfly species to read its individual description and view the images. Photograph credits and licenses are clickable on each page. These field tools will help you identify dragonflies in the wild.